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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

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

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Aodron review (Automation Records)

Imagine: You are watching The Wizard Of Oz synched up with the Dark Side Of The Moon alternate soundtrack. When the EMS Synthesizer’s cyclonic sequencer of “On The Run” syncs … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Harsh Noise Reviews: Homeless Princess – The Gardens And Groves Amidst The Immensity; The Transmission of Lunacy and its Aftermath

“IT SOUNDS LIKE PRISON IT SOUNDS LIKE HELL” When asked to describe what having PTSD was like for the website mindyourmind.ca, Daisies And Bruises’ author Erin Schulthies described it thus: … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Kakapo (Oaken Palace)

Heavy Noise For A Heavy Bird Being so tuned into the world, with so much information at our fingertips and the ability to see macro structures at work, it can … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow and Gareth Davis – Atsusaku review

Atsusaku, the collaboration of “king of noise” Merzbow and avant-bass clarinetist Gareth Davis, is 40 minutes of burning wind, crumbling static, squealing feedback, klaxons, and sirens. It’s like walking through … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Macro/Micro: Sun Ra & Merzbow – Strange City (Cold Spring)

Both Merzbow  and Sun Ra’s “music” deal with large scale forces, extending beyond the limits and confines of The Human, towards a more thorough understanding of: The World We Live In; … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

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