Khanate
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1.0
awful

Review

by caspian USER (6 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Khanate (pronounced Con-Eight) was born in Manhattan Autumn 2000 after an initial meeting between James Plotkin/Bass (OLD, Scorn, Atomsmasher, Death Ambient, Trifid Project, several releases on Kranky, Relapse, Rawkus and other labels under his own name and in collaboration with various other individuals) and Stephen O'Malley/Guitar (Thorr's Hammer, Burning Witch, Sunn O)))) administered a necessity to survive the sorely missed bleak aura of suffering evoked by the departed Burning Witch. Plotkin arranged vocal torture courtesy of Alan Dubin (ex-OLD) with whom he had been working together in the proto-dirge unit Shadowcast during 2000 (along with ex-1 drummer Jason Corely). Tim Wyskida (Manbyrd, current drummer in Blind Idiot God) blessed the group with his hammers and Khanate became solidified.
- Southern Records

During winter-spring 2001 Khanate recorded and produced their self titled debut in studio necrodrone8negatives, with final mastering by Mathias Schneeberger (The Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Goatsnake). The sounds can probably be described as the next step down the mentally unstable ladder from Burning Witch. Ultra gravitational hellish brooding black doom metal with inhuman vocal constructs. Well, something like that......

Shortly thereafter an agreement was drawn up between the unit and Southern Lord Recordings of Los Angeles for a 2 album contract.

A particular of Khanate is Dubin's relentless vocal assault lying somewhere in the realm of early Die Kreuzen and such venoms. A unified purpose of bottom end wave structure and sound as physical onslaught drives Khanate. Tortured cries collide with the music's low-end, gut-wrenching aggression. Each note is used to create forceful brutal impact.

A testament to Khanate's strength. Most recently Khanate had been using producer Martin Bisi's studio for rehearsals (also the rehearsal space of Blind Idiot God). Unfortunately it was lost after only two sessions after driving a fuming Bisi out of the building because of volume!

KHANATE IS RAW ****ING POWER, SUBMIT OR BE CRUSHED!!!

That last line rings particurly true. Ive never heard a band as debilitating as these guys. INcredible slow, distorted, depressing doom metal. By slow, I mean very slow. The song commuted probably has about 10 guitar chords in the entire (20 minute) song.

Which brings me to my point in this review. The point being, why? This is music that is incredibly depressing and claustrophobic. From the opening of commuted to the ending of the CD over an hour later, this does nothing but depress you. The vocals are interesting, but Alin Dubin seems like a one trick pony IMO. The songs all sound the same. The drumming is mostly completely random, and the songs go on with no end in site.

This is music set to a bad acid trip, and like a bad acid trip, it goes on with no end in sight.

1/5.



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LordDargon
January 12th 2005


165 Comments


I've heard a couple bands like this. It's scary stuff, makes the most raw and extreme black metal seem warm and comforting.

You can hear a sample of a song here:
http://www.southern.net/southern/band/KHANA/sounds/SNN28_04_too_close_enough_to_touch.mp3

Per Ardua Ad Astra
January 12th 2005


106 Comments


I heard 'Skincoat' and it was probably the worst song i've ever heard.

LordDargon
January 12th 2005


165 Comments


I heard that song too.

http://www.southernlord.com/khanate/khanate-skincoat2001.mp3

It's far from the worst but I don't have any urge at all to go listen to it again.

Dark Hero
January 12th 2005


160 Comments


Are these guys actually signed? lol

Dancin' Man
January 12th 2005


719 Comments


It actually sounds kind of cool. What's it like in comparison to SUNN 0)))?

Jharaski
January 12th 2005


2 Comments


I must nominate SKincoat for world's worst song. Sounds like slow death metal with babies screaming in pain.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
January 12th 2005


3995 Comments


The funny thing is I listened to "Too Close Enough to Touch" from their website and I was really digging all the weird blipping in the background but then they brought in the lame vocals and the lame drumming.

Also, Aaron Burgess (I think that's the name) from Alternative Press magazine loves this bands. he gave this CD best of 2003.

Bartender
Emeritus
January 12th 2005


826 Comments


[QUOTE=LordDargon]I heard that song too.

http://www.southernlord.com/khanate/khanate-skincoat2001.mp3

It's far from the worst but I don't have any urge at all to go listen to it again.[/QUOTE]

I quite liked that actually.

Shadows
Moderator
January 12th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The genre gave me the idea that this would be cool...but the link brought me crashing back down to reality. Great review as well.

caspian
January 12th 2005


38 Comments


It's a bit simlar to sunn O))), but its a lot more structured. And its not asd good either.

Dancin' Man
January 13th 2005


719 Comments


Hmmm. Is it as droney as SUNN 0)))? That's my only complaint with them.

superpeer
January 13th 2005


257 Comments


That song was pretty good.

(Too close enough to touch)

LordDargon
January 13th 2005


165 Comments


[QUOTE=Fast Fingers]Hmmm. Is it as droney as SUNN 0)))? That's my only complaint with them.[/QUOTE]
There are two songs I posted you can listen to.

Dancin' Man
January 14th 2005


719 Comments


I've nt been at home though. The school censors those links.

tornpictures
January 14th 2005


7 Comments


Depressing music.

Really aweseome. Beats Sunn0))) by a mile.

any14doomsday
November 21st 2005


679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The only band that does this style of music that should be allowed to get away with it is Earth, Thier album Earth 2 is the only drone album really worth listening to in my opinion.

Magicaltroll
March 19th 2006


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is extremely scary. And I love it.

There's a ton of intensely dark emotion that's just incredible to me. The screams are awesome too.


I guess I'm the only one who loves this stuff...

ThePanicInNeedlePark
April 2nd 2006


13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Its amazing, I cant believe so many people are slating it! Doesnt it just fill you with a passion for rage?

AlienEater
April 5th 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it's average.

halfdeadhippo
April 15th 2006


52 Comments


I've not heard this album, but I've got their self-titled and love it. The reviewers at M-A say that they went overboard on this one, though.

[quote=IdioticJester]Sounds like slow death metal with babies screaming in pain.[/quote]Maybe that's why some people like it?This Message Edited On 04.15.06



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