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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Bit Blues (Slowdown Recordings) album review

The most recent Merzbow album to receive the digital reissue treatment from Slowdown Records recalls the adage from the Scottish play “all sound and fury… signifying nothing.” Recently, Japan’s Slowdown … Continue reading

August 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Kotorhizome album review

Three brutal koto recordings get their first digital reissue on Slowdown Records on Kotorhizome. Merzbow never stops. He never sleeps, he just keeps pumping out pummeling, grinding, obliterating noise albums, … Continue reading

July 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow & Lawrence English – Eternal Stalker (Dais Records) album review

Two titans of noise music take us on a guided tour through a postindustrial purgatory on this essential collaboration for Los Angeles’ Dais Records Imagine finding yourself wandering through some … Continue reading

June 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow & Arcane Device – Merzbow & Arcane Device (Important Records) abum review

Two titans of ambient noise come together to show what’s possible with the genre on this new collab for Important Records Remix albums offer an opportunity to both showcase the … Continue reading

June 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow + Oren Ambarchi – Cat’s Squirrel (2013) album review

Two titans of noise come together to find the sweet spot between noise, ambient, and drone on Cat’s Squirrel. As we so often say here on Merzbow Monday, the act … Continue reading

January 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Rainbow Electronics (Alchemy, 1990) album review

Culled from 21 hours of archival recordings, Merzbow’s Rainbow Electronics is a noise symphony in 4 movements. Noise albums can come in two varieties – major and minor releases to … Continue reading

July 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Green Wheels (Self Abuse, 1995) Album Review

Green Wheels is ’90s Merzbow at its purest – 70 minutes of dense, sprawling, relentless noise on unwieldy, cumbersome packaging. Knowing where to start with Masami Akita’s bottomless discography is … Continue reading

March 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Hybrid Noisebloom (1997) album review

1997’s Hybrid Noisebloom is a Long Dark Spin Cycle of the Soul, leaving you ecstatically exhausted, wrung out, and cleansed. Reviewing noise records is funny business. In a certain respect, … Continue reading

March 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Mukomodulator album review

Two tracks of raw, unfiltered harsh noise from the master Masami Akita, recorded live at a gallery in Tokyo in November 2020. For noise fans, we’ve heard the same tired … Continue reading

January 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Opal Tapes August 2019 Batch Review

From deconstructed bass music from Seoul, South Korea to alien hip-hop to subtle noise, Opal Tapes’ newest batch is satisfyingly eclectic and diverse.  It is increasingly uncommon to go to … Continue reading

August 17, 2019 · 1 Comment

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