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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 – 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 – 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 – 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

Cousin Silas – Ballard Landscapes 1 & 2 album review + download

British sound alchemist Cousin Silas conjures Ballardian landscapes with dreary drones and newage pastiche on Ballard Landscapes 1 & 2 Yesterday was J.G. Ballard‘s birthday. He would’ve been 90 years … Continue reading

November 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Best Dark Ambient Albums of March 2020

The streets are all empty. We are all living in quarantine. We are essentially living inside of a Dark Ambient album now. Now is the perfect time to listen to … Continue reading

April 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

England’s Dreaming: Craven Faults – Erratics & Uncomformities (The Leaf Label)

On Erratics & Unconformities, enigmatic British synth outfit Craven Faults departs the industrial ruins of Northern England for wilder climes.  To say that Britain has been undergoing a ferocious transition … Continue reading

January 10, 2020 · 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

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