New Article on Underrated Dark Ambient Albums   2 comments

'Angst' by Lysander666

‘Angst’ by Lysander666

I am delighted to announce that my new article on underrated dark ambient albums from the past decade is now published on I Die: You Die, an outstanding and highly respected music blog that I’ve followed since its inception in 2011.  The editors called my knowledge of the genre “encyclopedic” and referred to me as an expert on the subject.  I don’t think I’d go quite that far myself, but since I’ve become fairly well known in my local Pagan community as the “go-to” person for dark ritual ambient recommendations and am working on a book manuscript on the subject (Endarkenment: The Esoteric in Dark Ambient Music and Culture), I think it’s safe to say I have a thing or two to say about it.

If you have enjoyed my previous series of posts here on dark ambient (Dark Ritual Ambient: A Primer for the Dark Pagan, Vols. one, two, and three), this piece will be right up your alley.  There is even a brand new track from Skadi, now featured on my I Die: You Die article exclusively, courtesy of the artist.  Enjoy!

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  1. Hello,
    Found your blog randomly while searching the web for good resources for dark ambient. Really like your blog. Keep up the good work!

    Do you know any dedicated forums for Dark Ambient? or torrent site or a place with a lot of dark ambient content for download? This is such a niche genre that it’s hard to find every artist available for download :\

    Also, I was wondering if you could recommend some artists/songs that has ritualistic drumming or chanting in them? something similar to the ritual scene in that movie: Eyes Wide Shut.

    Anyway, hope to hear from you soon !

    Mike

    • Hello Mike,

      Thanks for the compliment. It’s nice to know people are reading and enjoying my work.

      I have long wished for a discussion forum dedicated solely to dark ambient. I think the genre is large enough now that it deserves one. But I haven’t been able to find one so far, so if one exists, I don’t know about it. I haven’t the time or the resources to start or maintain one myself. There are several dark ambient groups on Facebook (e.g., Ritual Dark Ambient, run by Kostas Taslakoglou, which is my favourite group), but most of the posts there are links to YouTube videos and bandcamp sites with a few comments tacked on here and there. There are no groups that I know of where fans could find the kind of in-depth, intelligent discussion about the music and culture that I am most interested in.

      If you search all my posts on this blog using the “dark ambient music” tag, you’ll find links to a number of resources you can explore if you’re interested in getting deeper into the genre, but I don’t maintain a comprehensive list of resources.

      As for blogs in English, well-written reviews of dark ambient albums can be found at Heathen Harvest, For The Innermost, Wounds of the Earth blogzine, Santa Sangre, and Noise Receptor, and there are also a few dark ambient reviews at I Die:You Die (linked in my post above.)

      I know what you mean about the difficulty in tracking down dark ambient music. It is indeed a niche genre, with lots of hidden gems. Many amazing releases are long out-of-print and long sold out, since they were released in limited editions of just 100 copies or some such, so it can be a very time-consuming passion if you really get into it deeply. It helps to have the time and motivation to do a LOT of searching. I spent a great deal of time tracking down and buying CDs on Discogs and Ebay back in the day. I’ve also downloaded a lot of tracks (and learned about a lot of artists) through last.fm, where dark ambient musicians often make them available for free download, and I’ve downloaded some music directly through the artists’ Bandcamp sites as well. I feel very strongly that it is important to support the musicians who make the music I love so much, so even though I have very little money, I buy music and merch or send donations whenever I can afford to do so. And even if I can’t buy it, I take time to offer positive feedback and encouragement to the artists whose work I most appreciate.

      I don’t do torrents myself, but one great place to find dark ambient music for free, legal download is Kalpamantra. It’s run by Steven Williams, whose work I greatly appreciate. Here’s the Bandcamp link:

      http://kalpamantra.bandcamp.com/

      I’m told that another good place to find legal file sharing of dark ambient music is Soulseek:

      http://www.soulseekqt.net/news/

      I don’t participate there myself, but I have a friend who does, so I get some of my music that way.

      As for recommendations…I almost never watch movies, so I haven’t seen Eyes Wide Shut and can’t recommend anything based on that. However, here are a few outstanding dark ambient tracks that feature ritualistic drumming and/or chanting:

      Penjaga Insaf – Sama Sadja
      Penjaga Insaf – Sang Dalang
      Vasilisk – Into the Circle
      Draugurinn – Urðarmáni
      Halo Manash – Varjoista
      Aghast Manor – Asylum ’45 (End)
      Herbst9 – Bloodmoon Ritual
      Lamia Vox – Evil Comes From the North

      And last but not least, here’s a link to some dark ambient playlists I’ve compiled by theme, which feature all of the tracks I recommended above and many more:

      http://www.last.fm/user/velvet_winter/library/playlists

      Hope that helps. Enjoy!

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