Empty Chalice | Mother Destruction Toten Schwan Records (CD/DL) “Astonishing streams of crawling ambient with hints of light” Empty Chalice is the dark ambient moniker of Antonine A., hailing from Italy and Mother Destruction is his projects latest installment, an emotionally conceptual sequel of the previous album Emerging Is Submerging.    Color grey. My experience […]

Martyria is a rather new dark/ritual ambient duo formed in 2015 and hailing from Greece. They use ritualistic instruments and their chants are based on eschatological texts, these two are the primary elements that define their music. Martyria is a path of studying the origin, nature and destiny of the human psyche. Want to know […]

Michał Turowski | Wormwood and Flame Mozdok/Positive Regression (CDR/DL) From a Warsaw imprint (Gazawat) and sound artist Michał Turowski comes something new from this relatively new artist who’s been putting out various tapes and small editions over the past four years, many collaborations. Even though this may fall under the sub-genre of ‘dark ambient’ it […]

The Star Pillow | Music For Sad HeadbangersAidan Baker + Karen Willems | AwelAidan Baker + N | DoppelliveScatterwound | MNThissquietarmy + Dirk Serries + Tom Malmendier | Hell “A multiverse of ambient/drone” from Midira Records A handful of drone/ambient cookies in CD format, to be collectively reviewed. Albums that have connections one with another. […]

MZ. 412 | Svartmyrkr Cold Spring Records (LP/CD/DL) + Cloister Recordings US (CS) “An exclamation of marching shadows” MZ. 412 is the project of Henrik Nordvargr Björkk (aka Kremator or simply Nordvargr), a very prolific electronic musician, hailing from Sweden. The beginning can be tracked back to 1988 as Maschinenzimmer 412, with Björkk being the […]

Nimh| Beyond The Crying Era Winter-Light (CD/DL) “Rich and full sonic soil”                                             Giuseppe Verticchio is an experimental multi-instrumentalist and computer programmer hailing from Italy and in fact, he is quite productive, with a discography in excess of twenty albums with his main project Nimh since its beginning in 2001! Notable too, are his collaborations […]

Dark ambient has its roots in both the many eras of ambient that sprouted gently back in the mid 70’s with Brian Eno (and earlier, before it was termed such), German electronic music (Klaus Schulze, Can, Tangerine Dream, etc.) with a dash of punk/goth for good measure (Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cure, Bauhaus, Joy […]

My Disco | Environment Downwards Records (LP/DL) The Australian trio My Disco (Rohan Rebeiro, Benjamin Andrews, and Liam Andrews) begin their new record with An Intimate Conflict, pretty much as it says, in the form of a continuous soft revving motor. It’s a bit unnerving, and a bit suspect, but serves as an industrial overture […]

Mount Shrine | Ghosts On Broken PavementCryo Chamber (CD/DL) “Noir sonic imagery” It’s a fact that ambient music emphasizes atmosphere over traditional musical structure. A revolutionary form of slow music with repetitive, gentle and soothing patterns, that can create atmosphere. The defining theme of “urban” is the presence of a great number of very different people […]

Ashtoreth | Rites I & IICyclic Law (LP/CD/DL) “Pendulum-like, ambient excursion” Here’s an interesting story. There was an amazing Belgian progressive, experimental hardcore band from Antwerp and their name was Maya. Until now, I consider their debut album as the epitome of hardcore progression, an utterly unrecognized gem and one of the most important hardcore […]

Duenn | BgmLine (DL)   “Sound soaking in excellence” Though it goes without saying, Japanese electronic music in all it’s sub-genres, is a treasure trove of gems. Our world would not be the same without the involvement and the contribution of Japanese artists in every discipline! Duenn, hailing from Fukuoka, Japan, is a sound artist, […]

Inade | The Nine Colours Of The Threshold Loki Foundation (LP/CD/CS/DL)   “Epic audio mythology ritual from the post-industrial era” There was a huge wave of post-industrial projects in the late 80’s, early 90’s, among them was Inade, a dark ambient duo, Knut Enderlein and René Lehmann, hailing from Leipzig, Germany ever since. Was the […]

Red Stars CPR | Earth Is Heaven / Heaven Is HellTesttoon (12”/DL)                                                                                    “The principle of Yin and Yang is that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites”. Red Stars CPR is the collaborative moniker of Red Stars Over Tokyo and CPR. R.S.O.T. is the ambient/electronic project of Jeroen Lauwers hailing from Belgium. In […]

Elnath Project | ~ Focused Silence (CD/DL) “Music cannot exist without sound.
 Sound exists by itself without music.
 Music evolves over time.
 The sound is timeless.
 It’s the sound that matters.
 Sound is strength.” – Giacinto Scelsi Elnath Project consists of trumpeter Alessandro Ciccarelli and his new record simply titled by the tilde symbol is […]

Alina Kalancea | The 5th Apple Störung (2LP/CD) My first impression of Romanian sound artist Alina Kalancea is a double-take. Partly because every image of her visage on the web is partly obscured, even her own site appearing somewhat faceless – but most of all because her sound is more like the essence of perfume […]

Jeton Hoxha | Vowel Eighth Tower Records (DL) Jeton Hoxha is a welcome newcomer in the world of drone and all that is darkly mysterious. The Macedonian artist’s forty-five minute singular work is coated from end to end with a shmeared landscape of reverb and resonance, mastered by the hard working label runner, Sonologyst. It’s […]

VelgeNaturlig | Kundalini Winter-Light (CD/DL) We ease into the drifting drone of Portugese sound artist VelgeNaturlig (Ivo Santos) as he releases Kundalini on Dutch imprint Winter-Light. Blurring the lines of mystics and surveyors the setting is a many layered set of grey tones and soft bass harmonies on Padmasana. The air is ever-shifting, yet dense […]

Massimo Toniutti | Il Museo Selvatico Black Truffle (2xLP comes w/DL) Italian experimental sound designer, Massimo Toniutti, released this little known haunting, underground gem twenty seven years ago and Black Truffle was kind enough to unearth this collection of seven interesting tracks in a lavish double vinyl set in a gatefold printed inner sleeve. Il […]

Atrium Carceri | Codex Cryo Chamber (LP/CD/DL) This is a perfect record for a rainy morning. Swedish dark ambient artist Atrium Carceri (Simon Heath) has been working on Codex for three years, and this is my introduction to his work. Quite prolific as this is his thirteenth solo recording since 2003, with several collaborations in […]

R.A.N. | Şeb-i Yelda Karlrecords (12″/DL) Berlin-based Turkish artist Hüma Utku, better known as R.A.N. (short for Roads at Night) releases her first recording since 2015 with a four track 12″ EP, Şeb-i Yelda – and it opens with the title track. A disgorged drone roams freely, and its bloated mane crisscrosses through the entire […]

MSMiroslaw | Organes de la Voix Trasponsonic (CDR) Subtitled Chants Funèbres pour AHYHW this was recorded inside a nuraghe (a megalithic megalithic edifice found in Sardinia) using only voice (or in this case, organs for the voice). The indulgent echoes fill the space in this definitively ritualistic-style dark ambient record filled with reverb, smoke and mirrors. […]

The Tapeworm Vessel Twelve Atmospheres (Klanggalerie; CD/DL) Twelve Atmospheres is the debut album by The Tapeworm Vessel (David Janssen & Sylvie Walder) which gets a much needed proper release upon its ten year anniversary on Viennese imprint Klanggalerie. Previously this session was only available in digital form to a limited audience and a handful of […]

False Mirror SIGINT (Malignant; CD/DL) Just out is the first release in eight years from False Mirror (Tobias Hornberger) in the hour plus deeply encoded SIGINT (short for Signals Intelligence) on Maryland-based Malignant Records. Opening with a wall of soft drone, electronic surveillance and an avalanche we are introduced to Perimeter. It’s stylishly cosmic with […]