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Monday, October 31, 2016

Issue 4 (Fall 2016)

Wounds of the Earth Issue 4 is here! After a mere 3 years we have returned to the "issue" format and will hopefully continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This issue also, incredibly, marks the 10 year anniversary for the zine, which was created on Halloween 2006 (10 years - I can't believe that's actually a thing that could happen.)

Interviews with Phelios, Apocryphos, God Body Disconnect, Flowers For Bodysnatchers

Reviews of a bunch of stuff from labels like Cryo Chamber, Ant Zen, Hymen, Malignant, Reverse Alignment, Ad Noiseam, Glacial Movements, and more.

Features work by photographers Erik Keosz Osvald and Zach Rose


Let me know your thoughts in the comments and feel free to make any suggestions for future content!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Huge charity comp from Santa Sangre

Dark ambient zine Santa Sangre has put together a MASSIVE benefit compilation which was released today. Here is the info from their site:

" "Where Words Fail, Music Speaks". This compilation is a small initiative on behalf of Santa Sangre Magazine, dedicated to Ania, the wife of Maciej Mehring, the founder of the Zoharum label and the Bisclaveret project. In August Ania was diagnosed with Sarcoma Synoviale, an exceptionally malignant tumor. The fight will be hard, but Ania absolutely does not want to surrender. That's not at all an option. But the treatment is expensive and money is needed like never before.

In our desire to support Ania, we hereby present to you a collection of unreleased tracks by some of the best artists in the ambient, dark ambient, experimental & neofolk fields. I think you're all going to find something you like. The designated price for the compilation is 9,99 EUR, but if you're willing to pay more, we'll be more than happy. "

The compilation features 62 exclusive tracks from acts including: Rapoon, Robert Rich, Biosphere, Troum, In Slaughter Natives, Apocryphos, Cities Last Broadcast, Asmorod, S.E.T.I., Shrine, Atomine Elektrine, Nordvargr, Deutsch Nepal, Cisfinitum, Dead Voices On Air, Alio Die, and tons more. Get it!!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Issue 4 coming soon!

I've been working hard on putting together Issue 4, after a mere 3 year gap. The plan is to release it at the end of the month

Friday, June 24, 2016

New (free) album from Dead Man's Hill

Belgian dark ambient/martial project Dead Man's Hill has just released a new album (his first since, I believe, a couple of releases on Steinklang Industries in 2010), titled Crossroads, which is up on his bandcamp page and is currently pay-what-you-want. I listened to the first couple tracks and really enjoyed them so I felt it pertinent to spread the word.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Returning to digital zine format

After spending quite a bit of time pondering the fate of Wounds of the Earth I have at last decided on a direction. I am going to go back to the digital zine format and release "issues" a few times a year (pdf and/or digital flipbook as in the past). I will now charge a few dollars per issue (as a considerable amount of work has gone into this zine...for the last 10 years), but each one will come with a compilation as well as tons of reviews/interviews/photography, and whatever extra stuff makes sense. In the meantime there will be no more reviews posted here, but there will still be DJ mixes and maybe misc other stuff.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wounds Of The Earth DJ Mix 015 by Michael Barnett

In the midst of summer, Out fellow dark zine Terra Relicta's Michael Barnett immerses us in icy landscapes, frozen during the coldest of winters.

DJ: Michael Barnett
Genre: Dark Ambient, Drone

01. Phonothek - Heavy Thoughts
02. Ugasanie - The Bodies Under The Snow
03. Aythis - Night
04. Apocryphos - Eigengrau
05. Skadi - Crystallized Waters
06. NordLoth - Northern Wind
07. Svartsinn - As A Black Stone Monument
08. Hymnambulae - Polarsidan
09. Aural Whiteout - Over The Frozen Landscape
10. Elador - Into A Mystery Of Frostwind
11. Northumbria - Song For Freyja
12. Cryobiosis - Frigid Silence
13. Northaunt - Northaunt
14. God Body Disconnect - Dreaming Of Glaciers

total time: 62:29

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Another huge Dark Ambient comp from Kalpamantra netlabel

Net label Kalpamantra has once again released one of it's trademark MASSIVE dark ambient compilations. This edition features some truly excellent artists including Kammarheit, Inner Vision Laboratory, Vestigial, Lamia Vox, Arditi, Treha Sektori, Aythis, Aun, Shrine, Gydja, Reutoff, Worms of the Earth, and many more! Absolutely a must have for fans of dark ambient.

[ on bandcamp ]

Kammarheit side-project Cities Last Broadcast returns

Pär Boström (a.k.a. Kammarheit) returns with his side-project Cities Last Broadcast to release the follow up to 2009's The Cancelled Earth. The new album, The Humming Tapes, is being released via Cryo Chamber.  As one of the best dark drone acts out there, it's great to see him return so strongly over the last 2 years. In addition to this he has released a new Kammarheit album as well as a split album with Atrium Carceri and Apocryphos (both the first releases from the project in 10 years!), as well as a few compilation appearances. Fans of Boström's work will want to check this one out.

[ on bandcamp ]

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Atiq - "Sonorous EP"

Artist: Atiq
Album: Sonorous EP
Year: 2016
Label: Onset Audio
Genre: Drum & Bass, Ambient
Website:  onsetaudio.com

After an excellent split album with EnK on Tympanik Audio in 2013, Dutch DNB producer Atiq returns with a solo EP which is a mixture of halftime dnb and ambient atmospheres.

I'm not a huge fan or follower of DNB, but the Atiq & EnK split was incredible; it perfectly utilized the elements of drum and bass that I enjoy and mixed them with plenty of diverse melodic and atmospheric components to craft captivating songs. That said, I had high expectations going into this EP and I feel that they were met. This release opens with the title track "Sonorous" (featuring fellow Tympanik alum Tangent) which gives us a good idea of what we're in for - halftime dnb-style breakbeats and bass bursts mixed with evocative pads and drones. The production is very clean & spacious which bolsters the enthralling quality of the music, and everything sits perfectly in the mix. While it is a bit repetitive (though less so than most dnb), all the elements are interesting enough to overlook that. Definitely something to check out if you're a fan of atmospheric music driven by (slow-ish) breakbeats. The other tracks follow a similar style, but utilize different sounds and some variation on the sad/meditative atmospheres of the opener such that they all sound completely unique. "The Euclidean Perspective" has an even more lofty feel it it; perhaps due to the title and/or the samples from Interstellar. It features some stellar (get it?) pads over a crisp, driving beat and it introduces a great little outer space-y melody towards the end. I don't listen to all that stuff much like this so I'm not sure about references, but it kinds of takes me back to old school LTJ Bukem & the like which had really lush, evocative textures and connected with you on a much deeper level than hard-hitting DNB aimed at clubs/raves. "Hiraeth" and "Real Life (Awaits Us)" are a bit darker; the latter especially, bringing to mind the atmospheres of classic dark jungle, slowed down with the atmosphere really brought to the forefront. This stuff reminds me a bit of guys like Kryptic Minds. The nostaglic nature of it is appealing and the music is plenty interesting on its own.
The album ends with 3 remixes. The first one, a mix of "Sonorous" by Red Army completely harkens back to dark 90s dnb. This is a great sound and definitely takes me back to some of the stuff that got me into this style back in the day. As with the bulk of that stuff, it's pretty repetitive and minimal, but that's par for the course. The second one is by Aeon Waves and it's very happy sounding (in a post rock sort of way), the beat is awkward and I just can't get into it. The final remix, by Dyl, and it has removed nearly all the percussion and is a predominately droning ambient track. Though sparse, it was pretty cool, especially the parts with almost tribal-esque hypnotic percussion and the buried choir pad; certainly a fitting closer for the EP.

A captivating EP and suitable follow up to Fear Of The Unknown. Definitely something that will be appreciated by fans of labels like Tympanik or Atiq's own Mindtrick Records. For beat-driven atmospheric stuff you can't go wrong with this EP.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wounds Of The Earth DJ Mix 014

Last weekend was a holiday here in the US and it also signaled the start of summer. As such, it's been hot and humid and terrible here. In response I made this extra long mix of cold, ancient dark ambient atmospheres to transport us back to more tolerable, isolated climates. There is a ton of great shit in this mix and it showcases a lot of my favorite acts in the genre. Nothing else really needs to be said, listen for some of the best dark ambient ever created.

DJ: Dan Barrett
Genre: Dark Ambient, Drone, Industrial

Visions - Summoning The Void
Vestigial - Last Extinction Prayer
Tholen - Cryogenic Ceremonies
Shrine - Scrinivm
Phelios - Passing The Solar Firestorms
New Risen Throne - Loneliness
Lamia Vox - Lapis Occultus
Inade - The World Behind The World
Herbst9 - Sennacherib, Lugal
Cryobiosis - Into Nothingness
Circular - From A Concealed Awareness
Atrium Carceri - A Curved Blade
Coph Nia - End
Inner Vision Laboratory - Lifethread
Innfallen - Prologue (Inner Locutions)
Paranoia Inducta - Maze Of Death
Raison d'etre - Katharos
Hymnambulae - Ett Ord Fran Oknen

total time: 95:57

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