Dysgenicide: Spreading love for humankind

Happy new year, everyone. 2012: the year of the apocalypse. Here at HI ARC TOW we thought we’d help give the end of the world a little push in the right direction.

HI ARC TOW presents: Monkey With Car Keys

Monkey With Car Keys - Filament in Strata

Monkey With Car Keys is an electronic music side project of Irish soundscapers Síol Na Gréine, presenting a full-length album for free download @ hiarctow.com.

Filament in Strata is a bit of an eclectic collection (and probably a one off), mixing DnB, IDM, ambient, techno and even the odd shade of synthpop. Unifying the whole thing is a sense of structure as something that emerges from the increasing layers of electronic ‘orchestration’; similar maybe to what Austrian metal band Summoning do, but put into a different genre.

Somehow I want all this to express a bit more of the dumb delight I get out of just seeing the little things in the world and thinking about them in the bigger complex picture of reality: Like a musical equivalent of looking at something up close and gradually zooming out to see how it connects to everything else.”

Continuing the HI ARC TOW obsession with William Gibson (and probably topping it off) the album’s title is taken from a chapter in Gibson‘s novel Mona-Lisa Overdrive, whilst the final track of the album Chiba City Blues is the title of the first chapter in his classic Neuromancer.

Listen to Monkey With Car Keys’ new album Filament in Strata here

Beithíoch – Dúchas makes end of year list at American Aftermath

Beithíoch‘s newest album Dúchas has made it on to reviewer BariAnn’s end of year top 22 over at American Aftermath.net, coming in at no.17.

Check out the full list here.

Síol Na Gréine in new feature film Concrete Walls


Síol Na Gréine‘s album Adhradh has been used as the basis for the new feature film Concrete Walls by Dublin based film-maker Michael Higgins. This experimental film sets SNG’s pensive soundscapes to a minimal but very vivid visual world.

You can view the trailer below:

Beithíoch – Dúchas download for free


The new album from Irish black metallers Beithíoch, is available now – complete and free – from hiarctow.com. “Dúchas” translates roughly to “instinct”, or “that which is native”, and is inspired by the glacier-torn landscape of Ireland’s north.

stylistically this album throws up a few surprises: much of it moves away from the droney, minimalist style of the debut album (and subsequent EP) towards a sound that has more melodic intricacies and more subtleties in the arrangements. At times this album flirts with an old school doom/death sound whilst at other moments hearkens more to early Gorgoroth, Ancient or Immortal. More importantly though, this album is a serious challenge to the staleness and mediocrity of modern metal.


Dúchas MP3 (RAR Archived)

Beithíoch’s page @ HI ARC TOW


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This album is provided as a free Creative Commons licensed download by HI ARC TOW. This makes it free to download and to redistribute.

Listen to a track from the new Beithíoch album

Síol Na Gréine – Incandescence reworked for 2011

In line with our ethos of continual improvement and efforts to weed out the inadequate in favor of the superlative, Síol Na Gréine have released a reworked and improved version of 2008 album Incandescence. The debut album of this project, what Incandescence originally lacked in polish and patience for detail it made up for with a spirit of reverent curiosity and a warm, honest sound. Now, preserving that which originally made the album compelling, the album’s mix and presentation have been given a refresh alongside a number of enhancements to the composition/orchestration of some of the tracks.

Download (Rar archived MP3) here

Or stream it via bandcamp on Síol Na Gréine’s page @ hiarctow.com


About Creative Commons

This album is provided as a free Creative Commons licensed download by HI.ARC.TOW. This makes it free to download and to redistribute.

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Email working again

Email sorted.

info [at] hiarctow.com for any enquiries or feedback.

Site back online

The site is back online after some issues with the hosts, that have thankfully now been resolved. As a result, a couple of old news items have been lost and the FAQ page needs to be rebuilt. There seems to be a couple of issues with the email as well, so if you’ve sent anything to us over the last few days and haven’t gotten a reply that is probably why. Failing email, we can be contacted at our facebook page.

A huge thank you to site admin Mathew Augustus for his work getting things up and running again. New music soon!

Metal and Medieval music

Comparison #1:
Machaut – Gloria from The nostre dame mass
Timeghoul – Boiling in the Hourglass

Comparison #2:
Kyrie from The Templar’s Chant
Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

After this, […] present the Kyrie chant, whose liturgical function, at the beginning of the Mass, is to exalt divine majesty, the only force capable of remedying the weaknesses and imperfections of the human soul. Once a year, the Kyrie was sung outside the Mass, to open Vespers for Easter Day. […] But the Kyrie could also be employed to fortify the souls of the combatants when an army deployed in order of battle.


There are superficial reasons why metal compares so much to medieval music, to do with the lineage of the musical language it uses (metal started when Sabbath starting imitating horror movie music clichés – which themselves relied on a lot of ‘medievally’ sounding devices, because they sound ‘creepy’ to modern ears). More fundamentally, metal shares a dark but reverent worldview and mythic/allegoric way of describing life which is much more at home in the ancient world than it is modernity.

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Cryosyncopy : New album Culmination 3 out now

December 22, 2015

Crtyosyncopy - Culmination 3: The Dark Path

Cryosyncopy is back with a new album to round out the year for HI ARC TOW. Culmination 3: The Dark Path takes the electro-industrial/ambient style of Culmination 1 & 2 further into the realms of neoclassical, literary inspired music. […]

Beithíoch : New album Conquest out now

Beithíoch : New album Conquest out now

Here it is at last: the new Beithíoch album Conquest. Available to stream in full for free as well as purchase in both CD and digital formats from beithioch. […]

HI ARC TOW Ambient Compilation – Released now on Digipak and Download

The HI ARC TOW Ambient Compilation CD is out now. This release marks both the first independent physical release by HI ARC TOW and our first multi-artist collaboration. The compilation brings together artists from both Europe and North America in the creation of an album’s worth of eery, immersive ambient music – with each artist bringing their own distinctive style and interests to the record. […]

The Fires of Celestial Ardour: Khand returns with new album

The Fires of Celestial Ardour: Khand returns with new album

HI ARC TOW presents the long-awaited return of ambient cosmonaut Khand. The Fires of Celestial Ardour consists of ten pieces of deliciously neoclassical synth-ambient that take the listener on a journey through lonesome, starlit expanses. For fans of Tangerine Dream, Dead Can Dance, Raison D’Etre, Endura, Mortiis, Nox Arcana, Ildjarn. […]

Buy Absvrdist – Illusory digipack CD & Abhorrent news

Buy Absvrdist – Illusory digipack CD & Abhorrent news
A CD digipack version of Absvrdist's new album Illusory can now be purchased by emailing absvrdist@gmail.com […]