DARK AMBIENT

Dark Ambient: For When You Need to Concentrate…or Meditate on the Nothingness of Existence

September 22, 2017 J. Andrew Zalucky

While we may not want to admit it to each other when engaged in the fruitless exercise of maintaining our street cred, we metalheads sometimes need to listen to something other than metal. At the same time, however, we may want to maintain a similar mood or feel to our usual death, black and doom…

Full Album Stream: Vasilek – “The Dark Road”

August 24, 2017 Vince Bellino

Tombs‘s Mike Hill goes dark ambient with Vasilek.

Track Premiere: Gridfailure – ‘Hostile Alchemist’

February 16, 2017 Vince Bellino

Gridfailure reveals the secrets of a “Hostile Alchemist” on the first part of their upcoming EP.

EORÐESLAJYR LET LOOSE THE WITCHES ON HOMAGE TO 1922 SILENT FILM “HÄXAN”

November 23, 2016 Shawn Macomber

Good goddamn is HÄXAN some dark, disquieting, creepy, heavy, seriously avant garde, Hellraiser-esque torment-is-delight nastiness! Composed to serve as a soundtrack for Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 witchcraft n’ Satan heavy silent film of the same title, the latest from EORÐESLAJYR — that’s “earth slayer,” if you dare call their name — has got a Scorn by way of Swans by way of circa Too Dark Park Skinny Puppy vibe and its textures and left turns will fuck with your head.

To celebrate the album’s release — pick up your copy here — we asked the to delve into a few specific moments of inspiration drawn from the film that went on to possess the music…

Rise of the Machines: A Dark Electronic/Ambient Starter Kit

June 25, 2015 Matt Solis

Heavy metal has been flirting with electronic music for decades now, but the lines between the two worlds seem blurrier today than ever before. Chalk it up to Internet culture—with instant access to all the world’s information comes a vast multitude of subgenres that have enough permutations to satisfy all but the most discerning purists. Add to that the recent popularity of synth-heavy horror flicks like It Follows and numerous electronic artists signing to metal labels (Goblin Rebirth on Relapse, Gost/Dan Terminus/Perturbator on Blood Music) and it becomes pretty obvious: dark electronic/ambient music has pulled off a full-scale crossover!

Crucial Blast Fall Showcase

October 1, 2013 Shawn Macomber

We can make this introduction brief: Crucial Blast is hands down one of the most innovative, adventurous labels currently operating in the world of extreme music, specializing in capturing sounds from that nether region where ethereal beauty intermingles with disquieting darkness. As such, the first day of October seemed the perfect time to query label…