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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

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 II (Dexter’s Cigar, 1996) album review

Merzbow returns to his Dada roots on Rainbow Electronics II from 1996. The idea of making definitive noise albums seems a bit nonsensical. After all, this is a genre that … Continue reading

January 10, 2022 · 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 – 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 – Triwave Pagoda (Elevator Bath) album review

The old meets the new; the sacred meets the profane on Triwave Pagoda, an excellent new noise cassette from Merzbow on Elevator Bath. Masami Akita‘s love for junk is no … Continue reading

July 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Remblandt Assemblage (Merzbox Disc 3, 1981) album review

One of Merzbow’s earliest recordings nods to the theoretical underpinnings of the project as well as his earliest improv techniques. Speaking on the influence of pioneering German Dada artist Kurt … Continue reading

June 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Collection Era Vol. 3 (Merzbox Disc 6, 1981)

This collection of the Collection era, compiled as disc 6 of the Merzbox, is more of a historical curiosity than essential listening.  Before the harsh noise, the sheets of damaging … Continue reading

June 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Scandal (Room40, 2021)

A trio of lost recordings from 1992 to 1995 flies in the face of the idea that Merzbow is overly-prolific.  If you’ve ever read any reviews of Merzbow, or any … Continue reading

June 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

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