Origin: Brooklyn, New York, USA  
Genres: Instrumental, Eclectic Metal
Page online: May 3, 2020
Last update/review: September 24, 2021

Insect Ark

The wonderfully-named Insect Ark hails from Salt Lake City and is founded by multi-instrumentalist Dana Schechter, initially as a purely one-woman act but now expanded to a duo with a drummer along for the ride. The style here (as heard on 2018's Marrow Hymns) is experimental instrumental drone-doom with a liberal use of slide guitar, which pretty much puts Insect Ark on their own plane, as there are few bands that can even be listed as vague soundalikes. Typical of the drone genre, there's little in the way of conventional song structures and rhythms, but plenty of pyschedelic atmosphere and sparse soundscapes, and the way the slide guitar bends and weaves is mesmerizing.

Current Members

Dana Schechter


Tim Wyskida

drums (Blind Idiot God, Khanate, Khlyst)

Former Members/Guests

Ashley Spungin


Andy Patterson

drums (The Otolith, ex-SubRosa)


Long Arms  

  1. Portal/Well
  2. The Collector
  3. Lowlands
  4. Octavia
  5. Crater Lake
  6. Taalith
  7. Parallel Twin
  8. Low Moon
  • Dana Schechter

Marrow Hymns  
2018 Profound Lore
  1. Thelema
  2. Arp 9
  3. In the Nest
  4. Skin Walker
  5. Slow Ray
  6. Sea Harps
  7. Tarnish
  8. Windless
  9. Daath
  • Dana Schechter
  • Ashley Spungin

The Vanishing  
  1. Tectonic
  2. Three Gates
  3. Philae
  4. Danube
  5. Swollen Sun
  6. The Vanishing
  • Dana Schechter
  • Andy Patterson

Future Fossils  EP
  1. Oral Thrush
  2. Gypsum Blade
  3. Anopsian Volta
  4. Gravitrons

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