Saturday, June 23, 2007

Khanate - self-titled

1. Pieces of Quiet
2. Skin Coat
3. Torching Koroviev
4. Under Rotting Sky
5. No Joy

A lot of music is billed as being dark and evil, but rarely does the feeling come through upon listening. Khanate is one of the few bands that truely conveys a feeling of malice, an unsettling sense of unease pervades their work. The pairing of Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), KTL, Aethenor, Thorr's Hammer)'s guitar and Alan Dubin (of Old, along with bassist James Plotkin)'s seriously disturbing "vokills" is genius. The drumming is suprisingly tight, considering the low BPM range of the material. This is what hoardes of black metal bands wish they could be... dark, depressing, and malicious... all at sub-Melvins tempo.

Highly recommended.


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