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.