Category: The Inner Sanctum Vlog

The Inner Sanctum – A Dark Ambient Vlog: Volume 10

Joseph Mlodik of Noctilucant is back with his tenth edition of The Inner Sanctum vlog! For personal reasons, which had nothing to do with Joseph or his content, I got a little behind on sharing these vlogs on This Is Darkness. So hear is the new one, and I will add the ones that I skipped shortly after.

I tip my hat to Joseph for being a brave soul and getting out in front of the camera to share his unique take on so many dark ambient releases. My “retro reviews” section on This Is Darkness has not seen much activity because I wasn’t listening back in the 90s and early 2000s. It is so much better to get insights on these older albums from the guys that actually experienced them at the times of release, like Joseph, and also like Richard of Spectrum Magazine (a guy and zine that I will talk more about in a future post).

I will put a few of my personal comments about this episode below the actual video, because it wouldn’t make sense to read them before watching it. You can also click the links in the timestamped section below the video and they will take you to the Discogs page for each relevant album.

Thanks Joseph for keeping up this wonderful vlog series, and thanks to the audience for reading/watching here and supporting him on Youtube! If you like his vlogs definitely subscribe to his Noctilucant channel on Youtube! (and ring that stupid bell so you can get notifications about the latest episodes!)

Episode Contents
00:00 Intro
00:30 Opening Words
03:59 Beer of the Day
06:54 Altarmang
15:39 Current 93
30:44 Ninth Desert
38:29 Moloch Conspiracy
46:12 Outro
48:19 End Credits (with music by Aindulmedir)

A few of Michael’s thoughts:

Kenneth Hansson first initially snuck up on the dark ambient scene through his reel-to-reel tape treatment of The Humming Tapes by Cities Last Broadcast. He also helped to coordinate the seances which were so integral to that album. Around that time, those two gentlemen went into discussions of their own project as a duo, of which Altarmang was born.

Also, I wanted to add that the Altarmang vinyl edition was released through Autarkeia and is available still for sale through their distro, and I know it is also able to be purchased through Malignant Records distro.

The Inner Sanctum – A Dark Ambient Vlog: Episode 07

Joseph Mlodik of Noctilucant says of his latest dark ambient vlog:
“Two Inner Sanctum episodes in one month! What is going on?! In this special “holiday” edition of The Inner Sanctum, I chill out, be myself and talk about a few older and generally forgotten dark ambient releases from years past. Reviews and further insights on releases from Convalescent, Vestigial, Non Ethos and Cataclyst. Enjoy the darkness!”

Episode chapters:
00:00 Intro
01:59 Convalescent
08:30 Vestigial
15:32 Non Ethos
22:26 Cataclyst
29:16 Outro
32:40 End Credits

Check out the Noctilucant Youtube channel here.

The Inner Sanctum – A Dark Ambient Vlog: Episode 6

We are very pleased to share with you the latest episode of Joseph Mlodik’s
The Inner Sanctum!

“Episode 6 of The Inner Sanctum is upon thee! In this episode I talk about one of my own recent releases, and then discuss a relatively new project called, Forest of Frogs, which is followed by Infinexhuma making its second appearance on The Inner Sanctum with the brilliant, Unasan, album. Pär Boström; the man, the myth, the legend, is discussed next, with his recent side-projects, Bonini Bulga and Hymnambulae. Thanks for watching!”

Enjoy the Darkness!

00:00 Intro 00:00
01:56 Noctilucant/DeepDark
12:46 Forest of Frogs
16:36 Infinexhuma
27:48 Intermission
28:18 Pär Boström
32:43 Bonini Bulga
37:44 Hymnambulae
43:56 Outro
44:35 End Credits

You can read our review of Bonini Bulga – Sealed here.

The Inner Sanctum – A Dark Ambient Vlog: Episode 5

In episode 5 of The Inner Sanctum I share a few personal thoughts on H.P. Lovecraft, and talk about a new compilation dedicated to the master writer himself. From there on I discuss a diverse and surprising dark horror ambient album, and then give a quick demonstration of the Tibetan singing bowl. A brief glimpse at some of my dark ambient related cassette tapes is featured and then followed by a full review of a masterful dark ritualistic split album released on Noctivagant Collective.

Enjoy the darkness!
Joseph Mlodik

Episode Contents:
00:00 Intro
00:30 H.P. Lovecraft
04:39 In Tenebris Scriptus
12:51 Moloch Conspiracy
18:59 Tibetan Singing Bowl Demonstration
21:40 Intermission
22:10 Dark Ambient Tape Collection
34:11 Corona Barathri/Emme Ya
47:52 Ending
48:46 End Credits


In Tenebris Scriptus – Lovecraftian Compilation
Moloch Conspiracy – The Cave of Metaphysical Darkness & Lights
The Null Spectre – Lord of Shadows
Northaunt – Barren Land
Susurrus Ananis – The Shadowless Shining
Noctilucant – Crumbling Cities Echoing Their Terror
Corona Barathri / Emme Ya – Misterium Evigilationis Leviathan

The Inner Sanctum – A Dark Ambient Vlog: Episode 4

Joseph Mlodik, of the dark ambient project Noctilucant, is back with the fourth episode of his dark ambient vlog, The Inner Sanctum. On this episode Joseph speaks about dark ambient projects Svartsinn and Infinexhuma along with some other projects which we would call “On the Periphery” here. As usual, it’s great to hear the thoughts of a long time dark ambient fan, one with an inner perspective as well, since he also releases music within the genre. We’re proud to continue sharing his vlog episodes here and we hope you are enjoying them!

Michael Barnett

Episode 4 of The Inner Sanctum has arrived! This time around I talk about a dark ambient classic from Svartsinn, and then diverge a bit and talk about some more experimental electronic, noise and even dungeon synth related releases, before jumping back to form with a relatively new and exciting pure dark ambient release. Enjoy the darkness!

Joseph Mlodik

Episode Chapters:
Intro 00:00
Svartsinn 01:23
Nothing 10:42
Wilt 18:18
Arvo Zylo 22:36
Intermission 26:30
Infernum 27:21
Infinexhuma 33:29
Outro/End Credits 42:43

Links To Featured Artists:




Arvo Zylo / No Part of it Records:



Previous Episodes of The Inner Sanctum

Episode: 1, 2, 3

The Inner Sanctum – A Dark Ambient Vlog: Episode 3

Our newest contributor, Joseph Mlodik of Noctilucant, is back with the third episode of his new vlog series dedicated to dark ambient music. In this episode he covers a handful of albums, all of which he has in physical format to properly showcase. We hope you’ll enjoy the video and you can find links to all the featured albums below the player. Many of these artists and labels take big gambles on creating physical content for such a small and international community of listeners. So, lets do our part to show our appreciation for their talents, blood, sweat, and tears. Valete!
(This screen shot is priceless! I swear Joseph isn’t stoned out of his mind!)

Episode 03 Contents:
00:00 Intro
01:53 NorthauntIstid III
07:01 Desiderii MarginisThaw
11:22 raison d’êtreRequiem For Abandoned Souls
14:08 ZalysWandering Through Space,
17:17 Intermission
18:49 156Memento Mori
26:06 TaphephobiaGhostwood, Monuments w/ Kave
30:50 Umu Tiamat – Musmahhu Umu
37:33 Outro
38:53 End Credits
40:03 Outtakes

You can follow Joseph’s Spotify playlist, ‘The Inner Sanctum: The Best of Dark Ambient Music’, mentioned in the vlog, here.

You can hear his dark ambient project Noctilucant here.

Previous Episodes:
Episode 1, Episode 2

The Inner Sanctum – A Dark Ambient Vlog: Episode I

Editor’s note: This first episode of Joseph’s was uploaded on Youtube on 20 March 2018. The following is Joseph’s personal introduction to his new series!

The Inner Sanctum: A Dark Ambient Vlog is a new video project series of mine where I’ll be talking about/reviewing/nerding-out on various aspects of dark ambient music and it’s related sub-genres.

In this first episode, I talk about two of my favorite albums, namely Seishinbyouin by Atrium Carceri and Inner Passage by Beneath the Lake.

This is my first time vlogging, but it’s something that has always intrigued me, and I figured, like anything in life, this is as good as any time to try it out. Most of what you see in the following 25 minutes was highly improvised, and (for better or worse) performed without any special rehearsals beforehand. Comments are highly appreciated and feedback of any sort is welcome! Thanks to everyone that has been checking out and subscribing to this channel [Joseph’s Youtube channel for his dark ambient project Noctilucant].

Thanks so much!

The Vlog itself is named after a Sabled Sun song — a project of Simon Heath (Atrium Carceri, Za Frumi, Abnocto, Cryo Chamber).

Episode Contents:
00:00 Introduction
05:14 Atrium Carceri: Seishinbyouin
16:15 Beneath the Lake: Inner Passage
24:09 End Credits
25:19 Outtakes

The Inner Sanctum – A Dark Ambient Vlog: Episode 2

Editor’s note: We are pleased to welcome Joseph Mlodik to This Is Darkness! His debut Noctilucant album, Back To The Mud, was one of the first releases I covered, when I started writing reviews for Terra Relicta in 2015. So, we’ve known each other for a few years now. After I saw his first vlog on Youtube last month (which you can watch here), I asked him to join This Is Darkness, officially partnering his vlog with our zine. So, this second episode will be the first of many covered here!

Here’s what Joseph has to say about this episode:
“In this episode I briefly discuss the new Mortiis book, Secrets of my Kingdom, reactions from the first episode, as well as, my new partnership with This is Darkness zine. There’s a full feature on a classic Northaunt album, and several shorter features on a few other dark ambient gems from years past.
Thanks for watching and enjoy the darkness!”

Episode 02 Contents:
00:00 Intro
00:30 Mortiis
02:46 Reactions
04:18 This is Darkness
06:37 Northaunt
21:59 Intermission
22:29 Dark Ambient Quickies
24:06 Netherworld
27:01 Antelogos
29:58 Ad Lux Tenebrae
32:58 Atomtrakt
35:54 Vond
39:43 Final Words/End Credits
41:48 Outtakes

Links to covered musicians:

Here is an in-depth look at Vond – Green Eyed Demon from us last year.




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