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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Merzbow Monday: CATalysis 猫媒 (Elevator Bath) album review

Masami Akita trades in his beloved birds for nature’s most perfect predator on this new one for Elevator Bath. It’s purrfection. Masami Akita‘s love of animals is well-known and well-documented. … Continue reading

May 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

Muslimgauze – Blinded Horses album review

On his fourth LP, Bryn Jones fully comes into his own as Muslimgauze while still containing some anomalies and retaining some atavistic traits of his earliest works. For those that … Continue reading

January 14, 2023 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Red 2 Eyes album review

Red 2 Eyes is an early exploration with the EMS Synthi but its as noisy as you please. When you hear the phrase “modular synth,” you might think of clean, … Continue reading

January 3, 2022 · 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 – Aqua Necromancer (Alien8, 1998)

Disruptive Rhythm Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous. – Yehudi … Continue reading

December 27, 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

EMS & Jeph Nor – Live At Volt Divers

Two mainstays of the Portland synth underground – EMS & Jeph Nor – explore the limits of modular synthesis on Live At Volt Divers, recorded on a freakishly nice Saturday … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Horrorscores: Steve Nolan – Sodium Party OST (Spun Out Of Control)

Steve Nolan’s soundtrack for the 2013 indie horror film Sodium Party starts off all innocence, sweetness, and light, before transporting you to the edge of night; to the brink of … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

Unheimlich Folk: The Hare And The Moon – Wood Witch (Reverb Worship) album review

You step into the dusty parlour of the heritage museum, of the little nowhere town – a tiny silver bell tinkling over the creaking wooden door. The timbers groan beneath … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

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