noise

Posted Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 9:02am by Clayton Michaels

2014 turned out to be one of the strongest years for metal in recent memory, making the compiling of this list something of a challenge. It seemed like a particularly strong year for black metal, which comprises half of my list.

Category: Feature Stories

Tags: Best metal albums of 2014, Winterfylleth, Woods of Desolation, Opeth, Panpoticon, Giant Squid, Gridline, Primordial, Pallbearer, Pharmakon, Falls of Rauros, black metal, grind, noise, prog metal
Posted Friday, November 14, 2014 - 1:34pm by Ryan Skaggs
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Ryan Skaggs is an experimental musician based in Los Angeles.  Opinions stated are his own.

Category: Musicians Corner

Tags: experimental music, noise, electronic, drone, ambient, Indie Rock, psychedelic rock, shoegaze
Posted Monday, November 10, 2014 - 12:30pm by Clayton Michaels

I tend to be pretty open-minded when it comes to my musical consumption, but the one genre I’ve never really been able to get into is noise. The closest I’ve ever really come is Merzbow’s collaborations with Boris. When I try listening his solo recordings, though, I feel like I’m missing something; I have a hard time distinguishing one track from the next. But there was something about Decibel magazine’s recent Noise issue made me feel like I needed to revisit the genre, specifically the works of Margaret Chardiet, better known as Pharmakon, whose second album Bestial Burden was recently released by Sacred Bones, a decidedly non-noise label I’m most familiar with as the home of arty synth-pop chanteuse Zola Jesus. And while I still don’t know if I would say that I ‘get’ noise as a genre, I absolutely fucking love this Pharmakon record. 

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Pharmakon, noise, industrial noise, gurlesque poetry, Sacred Bones Records, Merzbow
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