Dark Ambient Fans’ One-stop News Site
This Is Darkness is a site for dark ambient fans. On This Is Darkness you will find a variety of features which should be of interest to fans of dark ambient music. This includes news, reviews, interviews, and mixes.
If you are interested in making a submission to This Is Darkness, please feel free to contact us at the following address: info@ThisIsDarkness.com
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Latest Music Reviews
Find the full list of our reviews here.
In Quantum – Memory 417
Old Sorcery – Strange and eternal
Bellkeeper – The First Flame of Lordran
Isegrimm – Ik Gihorta Dat Seggen
KORMORG – Dungeon Myths
Flowers for Bodysnatchers – Alive with Scars
Skeldos – Ilgės – Caretakers of Yearning
øjeRum – Nattesne
Kaya North – That Comes From The Tree And The Mist
ΠANθEON – Discography Overview by Abby Helasdottir (Gydja)
Ugasanie & Dronny Darko – Arctic Gates
Abbildung – At the Gates of Ouln
Aindulmedir – The Lunar Lexicon
VRNA – La Vecchia Madre
Med Gen – Brittleroots
Desiderii Marginis – Vita Arkivet
Otavan Veret – Syvys
Senketsu No Night Club – Shikkoku
VelgeNaturlig – Kundalini कुण्डलिनी
Shinkiro – Archive: Volumes I-III
Manifesto – Hive
Atrium Carceri – Codex
False Mirror – SIGINT
Arktau Eos – Erēmos
Dahlia’s Tear – Through The Nightfall Grandeur
Find a list of all our interviews here.
Dark Ambient Journalism: Interview with the Writers
(cross-interviews between Danica Swanson of Endarkenment
and Michael Barnett of This is Darkness)
James Quinn, film director of Sodom & Chimera Productions
Hector Meinhof, author of best-selling Three Nails, Four Wounds
Frederic Arbour of Cyclic Law
Mortiis (Era 1 focused Interview)
Teahouse Radio / Hypnagoga Press
Latest Book Reviews
Bladh/Urbaniak – On the New Revelations of Being
David Lynch – Someone Is In My House
Martin Bladh – Marty Page
David Lynch – Nudes
Antonin Artaud – Artaud 1937 Apocalypse
David Lynch – Room to Dream
Mortiis – Secrets of my Kingdom
Terence Hannum – All Internal
Martin Bladh – DARKLEAKS: The Ripper Genome
Guest Sessions: Winter-Light Records Mix
Guest Sessions: Black Mara Records Mix
Smith: An Episode in a Lodging-House Mix
Guest Sessions: Pär Boström Legacy Mix
The Recluse of Bayswater Mix
The Willows Mix
Halloween Horror Ambient Mix – 2018
Devil’s Night Mix
Marty Page Mix
Post-Industrial Death Mix
Essential Dark Ambient Mix
Rainy Daze Mix
Latest ‘Frozen in Time’ News Articles
The Inner Sanctum – A Dark Ambient Vlog: Episode 10
Phobos X – Full Sets & Martin’s Thoughts
Mortiis – Era 1 North American Tour – Live Coverage in Baltimore
Frozen In Time – 2018 Year End Edition
Frozen In Time – September 2018
Latest Miscellaneous Articles & Posts
“Smith: An Episode in a Lodging-House” Full Text and Mix
“Smith: An Episode in a Lodging-House” is another brilliant short story by Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951). I enjoyed this story the most of Blackwood’s works because of its overt focus on mysticism and the occult. For those knowledgeable in the realms of magick, you will find a wealth of references in this story. Unlike so many horror writers, Blackwood had a thorough understanding of these elements and dynamics. This is because of is involvement with The Golden Dawn. Blackwood, being a practicing member, was able to portray rituals and mysterious otherworldly encounters in a way that would not only entertain the masses, but would also resonate with his fellow members of The Golden Dawn.
Read the full text and listen to the accompanying mix here!
BRUTALISM – Upcoming Album Streaming in Full!
We are very pleased to premiere the debut full length The Charged Voidby BRUTALISM. Terence Hannum, most notably of Locrian and The Holy Circle, released the Symmetry Death limited 7″ lathe on his Anathemata Editions last year. I was immediately entranced by the bleak apocalyptic atmosphere presented on that track. So, it is with great pleasure that This Is Darkness was approached to present an exclusive early stream of their upcoming full length The Charged Void, which is set for release on Annihilvs Power Electronix on 15 March 2019.
Listen to the album here.
This is Darkness Presents Vol.2 Nothingness
This Is Darkness Presents Vol.2 Nothingness is now available!
55 exclusive tracks. 6+ hours of music! “name your price”
Enjoy and spread the word!
Wolves and Horses – “Lascaux” Music Video
We are pleased to share the first music video from our Nothingness compilation!
Suspension in Iceland – A Journey with Gretchen Heinel
For this article I contacted Gretchen Heinel about her interest in hook suspension. I knew about her recent performance work here in The United States, but I was also aware that she had recently taken a “work” trip with her suspension team to Iceland. I didn’t know how she would confront this topic, but I knew it was incredibly interesting to an outsider, and I knew that Gretchen would be the perfect person to convey this lesser known world to our readership. To my utter delight, Gretchen and Joe Carrotta were able to supply me with 80+ images from their 3 days of suspension in Iceland during the summer of 2018, and Gretchen agreed to write her account of the trip and her personal thoughts on hook suspension. I found the combination of these stories and images incredibly moving and inspiring. I hope the same for you all, enjoy! Read the article here.
Dark Ambient 101: Understanding the Technicalities
During my own personal discovery of the genre, I waded through numerous interviews and live performances, trying to discern exactly what the hell is going on, how these musicians were creating such beautifully blackened ambient soundscapes. Years later, I understand a whole lot more than I did in the beginning. But it is still a daunting task, attempting to understand the machinations and sorcery of these musicians.
Dark Ambient 101 was born of this search for understanding. This article can be used as an interesting read for the average follower. It can be a first step towards something bigger and better for the fledgling artist. Finally, it can be a means for dark ambient artists across a spectrum of styles and regions, to find out a bit more about each other, why one artist has this particular sound or another comes up with something totally different.
Read this massive article here!
Lars von Trier – The House That Jack Built – Movie Review
The latest film by controversial film auteur Lars von Trier, The House That Jack Built, takes us into the mind of a serial killer. Find out what I think of the film, its greater context in Trier’s works, and its like reception among the general media.
Read the review here.
The Inner Sanctum – Dark Ambient Vlog: Episodes 6 & 7
Joseph Mlodik of Noctilucant has delivered two more episodes of his dark ambient vlog, The Inner Sanctum. Check out what he has to say about some new and old releases! Episode 6, Episode 7
Arthur Machen – The Recluse of Bayswater (1895) Full Novella Text
Another full text with an included mix designed to listen and read together. This novella contains the short story “Novel of the White Powder”, which is considered a true classic among horror fiction. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
Read the novella and listen to the mix here.
Here’s something a bit different. I’ve published the full text of the classic weird fiction novella ‘The Willows’, along with a mix which was inspired by, and meant to be played while reading the novella.
Author: Algernon Blackwood
Title: The Willows (1907)
H.P. Lovecraft said of ‘The Willows’:
“Here art and restraint in narrative reach their very highest development, and an impression of lasting poignancy is produced without a single strained passage or a single false note”. Read the novella and listen to the mix here.
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