The Haxan Cloak
Excavation


4.5
superb

Review

by Jake USER (34 Reviews)
May 6th, 2013 | 126 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sound of dreadful anticipation

Excavation is built on the idea of suspense. It’s a dark and pummeling excursion into the murky depths of that of an ocean or a cave, and it will do no good attempting to break free of its darkened and haunting grasp. It is the perfect soundtrack to a psychological horror film with each and every moment feeling as if something is going to jump out at the listener. It is a dark ambient album with an extremely bassy and low end sound that rumbles and grunts throughout, while discharging a set of climactic beats and slow brooding rhythms– giving the album a very dubstep influenced sound. With a name like Excavation, this album imposes an extremely deep and moody atmosphere as if it were digging further and further into the center of the earth.

The first track on the album, “Consumed”, enhances the extremely low end and bassy nature with sputtering and rising beats to give it that suspenseful, claustrophobic feeling. The songs both “Excavation Parts 1 & 2” bring a dubstep vibe to the album displaying really rumbling low end synthesizers and overpowering bass beats giving it a very relaxing and dark spa-like setting. Then there are songs like “Mara”, “Miste” and parts 1 & 2 of “The Mirror Reflecting” which invokes some of the darkest, most ominous and most experimental sound on the album, featuring just endless washes of low, reverberated and distorted synths. Every single moment of “Miste”, for example, just feels as if it’s building up and up to something extravagant but instead leaves you on the edge of your seat for the duration of the song.

The album should be treated as if one were miner in a cave. The walking sounds of the miner’s boots on the ground smack off the walls of the underground and echo for the longest time ahead of the trail just to let one know that it’s going to be a long destination into the earth. The rumbling bass and eerie sound effects are a reminder that there is something big happening under their feet. With each new sound and atmosphere that’s being brought to the table, more and more things are being uncovered about the underground world that one might have thought never existed.

Basically this album is a monolith and one is going to be consumed by it. It has such a huge sound, but tries to hide the fact that it’s so huge by remaining in the shadows most of the time. With its heavy low, creepy and distorted sound, it’s like a gentle beast waiting to jump out and kill you and I think that’s what’s so special and memorable about the album. The suspense it brings, the haunting atmosphere and bone-chilling rhythms all add up in this magnificent beast of an album. It keeps one on the edge of their seat with every listen and when it does have its jump out moments, it does not disappoint – an example would be the track “Excavation Part 2”. It is fairly experimental in nature and it will take some time to explore fully and be able to absorb its cryptic vibe, but it pays off immensely in the end and it’s extremely intriguing. Excavation is dark and brooding experience you don’t want to miss.



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mindleviticus
May 6th 2013


8521 Comments


I'm stupid.

Originally posted here:
thealtreview.net

Love this album to death.
Miste - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLZsD1lwGVs
Excavation Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFkLHlDRoNk

Funeralopolis
May 6th 2013


12761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules

Digging: Radiohead - Kid A

oltnabrick
May 6th 2013


33193 Comments


yah this is good

Digging: Goropsy - GOD GAVE ME ONE LIFE AND HE MADE ME UGLY

mindleviticus
May 6th 2013


8521 Comments


the other one's getting deleted soon buddy calm down

and i'll read it

treeqt.
May 6th 2013


13930 Comments


reminder: http://i.imgur.com/YTmoXWn.jpg


Digging: Carly Rae Jepsen - E MO TION

treeqt.
May 6th 2013


13930 Comments


ppl don't know what's good my word

ShadowRemains
May 6th 2013


22290 Comments


you're knocking mine off the front page, at least pos me and ill forgive you


lol gtfo

oltnabrick
May 6th 2013


33193 Comments


lol swee

Rev
May 6th 2013


9512 Comments


this has been sitting in my library for weeks but I've been too busy to get around to it


I think I'll give it a spin now, great review mindie

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fish.
May 6th 2013


22382 Comments


ppl don't know what's good my word

Agreed

treeqt.
May 6th 2013


13930 Comments


:*

fish.
May 6th 2013


22382 Comments


This has nice atmosphere but most of the music is just boring. It relies too much on simple tones.

mindleviticus
May 6th 2013


8521 Comments


Dude c'mon don't be like that

oltnabrick
May 6th 2013


33193 Comments


omg wtf


mindleviticus
May 6th 2013


8521 Comments


omg

treeqt.
May 6th 2013


13930 Comments


wtf

PunchforPunch
May 6th 2013


6279 Comments


Mad observations as always fish. bravo you fucking bastard.

treeqt.
May 6th 2013


13930 Comments


pls b nice

fish.
May 6th 2013


22382 Comments


lol.

PunchforPunch
May 6th 2013


6279 Comments


b-but i was praising his observation skillz!



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