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.

Newest Publications on This Is Darkness

Kintaan – Exclusive Track Premiere – On the Periphery

Frozen in Time: Dark Ambient News – July 2018 Edition

This is Darkness Presents Vol.1 Dark Ambient 
This Is Darkness is very proud to present to you the first of our compilations.
66 exclusive tracks, coming in at 7+ hours of music. “name your price”!

Terence Hannum All Internal – Book Review
All Internal is a quick and enjoyable read. One that you could knock out rather quickly, if the story so engrosses you. I found my playlist of dark ambient awaiting review was the perfect accompaniment to this story, at certain times playing things on one end of the spectrum, but as the story took twists, I was adjusting the music’s themes accordingly. An all around enjoyable experience. I’m definitely hoping Hannum does more future work in this vein!
Read the review here.

Mortiis (Era 1 focused) – Interview
Mortiis is hailed by many/most as one of the greatest originators of the now greatly expanding dungeon synth genre. His Era 1 releases considered classics, and highly sought out by the dungeon synth community, as well as by fans of the Cold Meat Industry label, in general, which was home to Mortiis Era 1. With a new round of concerts featuring Era 1 material, a re-issue of his book ‘Secrets of My Kingdom’, and re-issues of all many Era 1 albums, it seemed like a great time to have a conversation with the man behind Mortiis and pick his mind about the new book, his re-emergence within the Era 1 context, the Cold Meat Industry 25th anniversary festival and more!
Read the interview here.

Teahouse Radio / Hypnagoga Press – Interview
Over the last few years we’ve seen a huge increase in the output of Pär Boström. Once known only for his oldest (main?) project, Kammarheit, Pär Boström has since created a multitude of wonderful albums, always more or less focused on dark ambient, as Cities Last Broadcast, Altarmang, Bonini Bulga, and now his latest project Teahouse Radio. Near the beginning of this recent bloom in releases, he partnered up with his sister, Åsa Boström, to start the publishing house/record label Hypnagoga Press, as well as collaborate on their first release as Hymnambulae. After my previous interview with them in 2016, not long before I started This Is Darkness, I thought it was time to catch up with the siblings and find out from Pär about the new Teahouse Radio album, and to get some general clairvoyance on the label and future releases from Åsa.

Latest Music Reviews
Find a list of all our reviews here.

Teahouse Radio – Her Quiet Garden – Review
Artist: Teahouse Radio
Album: Her Quiet Garden
Release date: 24 April 2018
Label: Hypnagoga Press
Read the review here.

Skeldos – Ilgės – Review
Artist: Skeldos
Album: Ilgės
Release date: 21 June 2018
Label: Self-released
Read the review here.

Hezaliel – Paradise Lost – Review
Artist: Hezaliel
Album: Paradise Lost
Release date: 5 April 2018
Label: Eighth Tower Records
Read the review here.

Atrox Pestis – Hewn by the Hands… – Review
Artist: Atrox Pestis
Album: Hewn by the Hands of the Damned
Release date: 20 January 2018
Label: Chryptus Records
Read the review here.

Theologian – Reconcile – Review
Artist: Theologian
Album: Reconcile
Release date:  16 June 2018
Label: Cloister Recordings
Read the review here.

Tapes and Topographies – Signal to Noise – Review
Artist: Tapes and Topographies
Album: Signal to Noise
Release date: 17 August 2017
Label: Simulacra Records
Read the review here.

Lesa Listvy – Way Home – Review
Artist: Lesa Listvy
Album: Way Home
Release date: 22 May 2018
Label: Cryo Chamber
Read the review here.

Darkness Descends: A Post-Industrial Compilation – Review
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Darkness Descends: A Post-Industrial Compilation
Release date: 16 June 2018
Label: Live Bait Recording Foundation
Reviewer: Nicolas Dupont, debut review on This Is Darkness!
Read the review here.

156 – Memento Mori – Review
Artist: 156
Album: Memento Mori
Release date: 22 September 2016
Label: Feast Of Hate And Fear
Read the review here.

Eximia – Visitors – Review
Artist: Eximia
Album: Visitors
Release date: 3 April 2018
Label: Cryo Chamber
Read the review here.

Salò Salon – The Scent of Voluntarism – Review
Artist: Salò Salon
Album: The Scent of Voluntarism
Release date: 11 February 2018
Label: White Ashes
Read the review here.

Simon Šerc – Bora Scura – Review
Artist: Simon Šerc
Album: Bora Scura
Release date: 22 April 2018
Label: Pharmafabrik Recordings
Read the review here.

Skincage – Unimagined Space – Review
Artist: Skincage
Album: Unimagined Space
Release date: 10 October 2017
Label: Annihilvs Power Electronix (APEX)
Read the review here.

Sonologyst – Apocalypse– Review
Artist: Sonologyst
Album: Apocalypse
Release date: 15 September 2017
Label: Eighth Tower Records
Read the review here.


Melankolia – Vividarium Intervigilium Viator
– Review
Artist: Melankolia
Album: Vividarium Intervigilium Viator
Release date: 12 December 2017
Label: Hypnotic Dirge Records
Read the review here.

Visions & Phurpa – Monad – Review
Artist: Visions & Phurpa
Album: Monad
Release date: 25 April 2018
Label: Cyclic Law
Read the review here.

The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End of Time: Stages III & IV – Review
Artist: The Caretaker
Album: Everywhere at the End of Time Stages 3 & 4
Release date: Periodically Releasing 2016 – 2019
Label: History Always Favours The Winners
Read the review here.

Taphephobia & Kave – Monuments – Review
Artist: Taphephobia & Kave
Album: Monuments
Release date: 10 April 2018
Label: Cyclic Law
Read the review here.


Stromstad – New Devoted Human
– Review
Artist: Stromstad
Album: New Devoted Human
Release date: 8 December 2017
Label: Malignant Records
Read the review here.

Theologian – Forced Utopia – Review
Artist: Theologian
Album: Forced Utopia
Release date: 20 October 2017
Label: Danvers State Recordings
Read the review here.

 

***You can find a list of all reviews here.***


Interviews

Mortiis (Era 1 focused) – Interview
Mortiis is hailed by many/most as one of the greatest originators of the now greatly expanding dungeon synth genre. His Era 1 releases considered classics, and highly sought out by the dungeon synth community, as well as by fans of the Cold Meat Industry label, in general, which was home to Mortiis Era 1. With a new round of concerts featuring Era 1 material, a re-issue of his book ‘Secrets of My Kingdom’, and re-issues of all many Era 1 albums, it seemed like a great time to have a conversation with the man behind Mortiis and pick his mind about the new book, his re-emergence within the Era 1 context, the Cold Meat Industry 25th anniversary festival and more!
Read the interview here.

Teahouse Radio / Hypnagoga Press – Interview
Over the last few years we’ve seen a huge increase in the output of Pär Boström. Once known only for his oldest (main?) project, Kammarheit, Pär Boström has since created a multitude of wonderful albums, always more or less focused on dark ambient, as Cities Last Broadcast, Altarmang, Bonini Bulga, and now his latest project Teahouse Radio. Near the beginning of this recent bloom in releases, he partnered up with his sister, Åsa Boström, to start the publishing house/record label Hypnagoga Press, as well as collaborate on their first release as Hymnambulae. After my previous interview with them in 2016, not long before I started This Is Darkness, I thought it was time to catch up with the siblings and find out from Pär about the new Teahouse Radio album, and to get some general clairvoyance on the label and future releases from Åsa.
Read the interview here.

Matteo Brusa (Medhelan/La Tredicesima Luna) – Interview
Matteo Brusa is the man behind the dungeon synth project, Medhelan, and the dark ambient project, La Tredicesima Luna. Hailing from northern Italy, Brusa’s cultural and geographical histories have played a big part in his identity as a musician. I was able to pick Brusa’s mind for this quite extensive interview, which will look into the background of the man, as well as the beginning and future of his musical projects.
Read the interview here.

Nhor – Interview
2017 was an interesting and eventful year for the UK project Nhor. He pushed the atmospheric element for his approach to its minimalist limit, which resulted in a quadrilogy of EPs that formed the Wildflowers cycle. SpringSummerAutumn, and Winter shed light on aspects of their respective seasons not often explored in any art-form — let alone through piano ambient music. As this portion of Nhor’s existence closes out, the artist was kind enough to sit down and give some insight into the creative process, hidden meanings and personal significance of Wildflowers.
Read the interview here.

***Read all interviews here.***

 

Seamless Mixes

Guest Sessions: Piblokto Frigid Ambient Mix by Cryogenic Weekend
In celebration of their new album and the scorching summer months that are upon us in the northern hemisphere, Cryogenic Weekend created a mix of the coldest ambient soundscapes. Dark ambient favorites are blended with a selection of other ambient artists. This should be an entertaining mix for our readers, and a cool breeze to cope with these horribly humid summer days.
Listen to the mix here.

Noir – A Dark Jazz Mix pt. 2
Dive deeper into a blend of dark jazz, dark ambient, and more smoky club music. This one diverges a bit further from the dark ambient elements. Again, enjoy with a glass of Scotch and your finest smoke. For late, contemplative summer evenings, in the privacy of your home or aimlessly wandering your nearest metropolis.
Listen to the mix here.

Noir – A Dark Jazz Mix pt. 1
This mix was born of my love for crime noir, David Lynch films, and dark jazz music. The three elements come together to form a sort of otherwordly crime noir experience. Enjoy at sunset with a smoke and a glass of your favorite elixir.
Listen to the mix here.

Guest Sessions: Lake House Mix by Dronny Darko & protoU
The veteran dark ambient couple, Dronny Darko & protoU decided to work together on this three hour continuous mix of dark ambient, ambient and other chill-out music for a lazy day by the lake. Enjoy!
Listen to the mix here.

Guest Sessions: Post-Industrial Mix by Miljenko Rajakovic of TeHÔM
The second mix in our “Guest Sessions” series for ThisIsDarkness.com is prepared by Miljenko Rajakovic, the dark ambient and electronic veteran known for his projects TeHÔM and Principia Audiomatica. This mix is extra special for me because a previous mix done by Miljenko Rajakovic for the Wounds of the Earth zine made a huge impact on me, it was a big inspiration and a catalyst for me starting to create mixes. On this new mix, Rajakovic takes us on a dark and twisted journey through the many varied soundscapes of dark ambient & post-industrial. There are some well known musicians include, and some others that are up & coming in the post industrial world.
Listen to the mix here.

Horror Ambient – 3 Hour Seamless Dark Ambient Mix
A horrific 3 hour seamless mix of the most chilling and tenebrous dark ambient music released over the last year or two. Dive into this one with all the bravery you can muster. The outer gods meet the most human of fears for an intense experience of 100% dark ambient desolation.
Listen to the mix here.

***You can find more mixes on the drop down menu
at the top of the page.***

Artist Spotlights

Northaunt – Artist Spotlight
Find out what led the dark ambient artist Northaunt to his current position. What the recent track he contributed to our This Is Darkness compilation means to him, and what is in the near future for his project.
Read the article here.

 


Altarmang
– Artist Spotlight
A detailed look at the dark ambient project Altarmang. Check out their track contributed to the new compilation This Is Darkness Presents Vol.1 Dark Ambient and also find out some more information about their debut album and some insight into the recording process behind it!
Read the article here.

 

Aseptic Void – Artist Spotlight
Aseptic Void contributed the opening track to This Is Darkness Presents Vol.1 Dark Ambient. Check out this brand new exclusive track, and also find out some more information about the various release by Aseptic Void over the years and find some insights by the artist into what makes him tick.
Read the article here.

 

Roadmap

There will also be other features that cater to the interests of dark ambient fans. There will be articles focusing on horror themes, post-apocalyptic themes, sci-fi themes, and the like. This Is Darkness will soon include short stories and poetry for the dark ambient listener. The themes of these will be wide ranging, but always focused on the interests of the dark ambient listener.

Background
Dark ambient is a tiny genre in comparison to others. Fans of dark ambient can find it hard to learn more about the happenings of the genre, since it is rarely covered by major webzines, magazines, and television music stations. With this in mind, This Is Darkness will attempt to fill this void. By providing fans with a weekly news summary of upcoming releases, concert coverage, and general news worthy topics, we will give fans a one-stop fix for their dark ambient appetites.

Critiques
In the formative months of This Is Darkness it will be extremely helpful for us to recieve any suggestions or critiques that readers may have to offer. If there is something you want to see here, please let us know, we may just add that feature!

Submissions
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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