Khanate
Clean Hands Go Foul


4.5
superb

Review

by For Meatplow USER (61 Reviews)
June 27th, 2010 | 64 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Khanate's Clean Hands Go Foul is a grueling opus in the field of drone metal.

Khanate, one of drone metal's most literal and outsider acts, has again taken the liberty of propelling drone metal to its breaking point on their fourth, and probably final full-length album, Clean Hands Go Foul. This innovation and intensity was bound to happen somewhere along the line, but it wasn't meant to be this brittle, cold, or bastardized, was it? If the answer is yes (and it probably is), Khanate have completely ignored its presence and continued their cycle of back breaking musical slaughter, equipped with enough unstable misanthropy to go around.

From the beginning sounds of "Wings of Spine" it becomes evident that the lyrical content of the album fits Clean Hands's cantankerous and menacing approach to music. Underneath rolling thunderclaps of shocking din is a straight-to-the-point maelstrom of lyrical simplicity that stays true to the album's surprising and cynical nature. Angels die and they probably deserve it; hell's no longer a fiery abyss because its flames have consumed our planet whole. Khanate's even made you a corner to stand in, a box to soak in, and a trench to drown in. These torturous chambers are about as jocund as the band gets, as evidenced by "In That Corner," a track which opens with a wall of dissonance and a raspy voice to match. High-end and low end battle constantly, thus making the song a bit hard to swallow, but once you've acquired the taste for Clean Hands, it simply doesn't go away. It's hard not to want to relive the droning escalation that is "Every God Damn Thing," a thirty-two minute, droning epic. It's not hard to yearn for the sporadic shifts in Khanate's sound, for as your mind begins to think about wandering, it's put in its place by increases in speed and intensity. Perhaps this is what makes Clean Hands the most extreme undertaking the band has gone for thus far: taking the genre they play to its limits, as well as being as brash as possible. They use dissonant guitar squalls and low-pitched drones to create a powerful score driven by incredibly slow rhythm patterns and propelled to new heights by scraggly, gravely vocals. Frenetic and brief guitar lines, reverberating bass, and boisterous drum work combine into an unadulterated soundscape rooted in anger and anguish, one which acts as not only the most exciting and emotionally impacting Khanate release thus far, but one of the most grueling and enthralling achievements in the drone metal scene - period.



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Bitchfork
June 27th 2010


7584 Comments


Where's kount/countess/trickster/yeah all them people?

Dryden
June 27th 2010


13138 Comments


sleeps to this album

Bitchfork
June 27th 2010


7584 Comments


Album is exciting.

Dryden
June 27th 2010


13138 Comments


my dreams are dark and i hurt people i like them

Photon
June 27th 2010


1292 Comments


have a cup of drone.. album is amazing good review mate

Relinquished
June 27th 2010


25585 Comments


lol I heard this album high and gave it a 3.5, haven't heard it since but I really do want to now

SeaAnemone
June 27th 2010


20834 Comments


weird how you start your review with 'end of story' when the summary is supposed to be the beginning duh

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2010


17225 Comments


I've only heard Things Viral by these guys. didn't really dig it all that much.

Bitchfork
June 27th 2010


7584 Comments


Yeah album is good and summary is getting fix-ed.

Dryden
June 27th 2010


13138 Comments


pos

Bitchfork
June 27th 2010


7584 Comments


Thank you Dryden. Am I the only "non-metal" user you pos?

iBosley
June 27th 2010


268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool review. Self titled rules so I should like this

Bitchfork
June 27th 2010


7584 Comments


This is better than their self-titled, imo.

Bitchfork
June 27th 2010


7584 Comments


Can someone inform me who keeps negging my reviews? It's an every other day sort of thing by now.

iBosley
June 27th 2010


268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so far this is pretty awesome

Dryden
June 27th 2010


13138 Comments


"Am I the only "non-metal" user you pos?"

as of right now yes, you are special.

Bitchfork
June 27th 2010


7584 Comments



iBosley: even Pitchfork likes this.

iBosley
June 28th 2010


268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha yeah i saw their review... I know they've given positive reviews to stuff like sunn o))) but yeah this is pretty great

Bitchfork
June 28th 2010


7584 Comments


i want to like sunn o))) but i can't. earth is soooooo much better.

Relinquished
June 28th 2010


25585 Comments


Sunn O))) has some good songs here and there, but yeah there is better drone, Earth being one of the best. Earth 2 and Phases rule so much.



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