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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Paradoxa Paradoxa album review

On Live at Kid Araik Hall I, Merzbow reveals noise – alongside hip-hop and electronic music – reveals itself to be the spiritual successor to jazz.  There’s not enough appreciation … Continue reading

April 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Material Action For 2 Microphones (1981) album review

Collected as part of the Merzbox, Material Action For 2 Microphones stands out in a nearly bottomless discography. Considering the project name’s debt to Kurt Schwitters, it’s easy to forget … Continue reading

March 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow vs Nordvargr – Partikel III (Cold Spring) album review

Two masters of noise, experimental electronics, and dark ambiance come together for a third collaboration, a highlight of both of their monolithic discographies. Merzbow is often at his best when … Continue reading

February 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – E-Study album review

Like walking through a forest of rebar, getting caught in the crossfire of some BB battle, 1981’s E-Study is about as far from Harsh Noise as you can get in … Continue reading

January 18, 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

Grime Time: Wolf Eyes – Undertow album review

On Wolf Eyes’ first album of original material in 2 years, Undertow, the infamous Detroit noise trio return with a meditation on timelessness, filth, uncertainty, identity, leather jackets, flesh, and … Continue reading

April 2, 2017 · 4 Comments

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

Lovecraftian Futurism: New Leaders Of The Eldritch Noise – The Art Of Eldritch Noise

“There in the narrow hall, outside the bolted door with the covered keyhole, I often heard sounds which filled me with an indefinable dread—the dread of vague wonder and brooding … Continue reading

November 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dark Ambient Classics: :zoviet*France: – Eostre (Red Rhino, 1984)

:zoviet*France’s 5th Lp is like a hymn to the rising sun, from some alien dimension. Atonal feedback, unintelligible chanting, scraping static and dismembered zithers form a strange ritual that is … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Vinyl Of The Week: Problems That Fix Themselves – Which Is Worse (Already Dead Tapes And Records)

Chicago/Brooklyn electronic noise duo Problems That Fix Themselves make a strong argument for noise still being relevant, on this 2014 gem on the always essential Already Dead Tapes And Records. … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

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