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Khanate : Khanate

Khanate is the brainchild of Stephen O'Malley (Thorr's Hammer, Burning Witch, Sunn O))), Lotus Eaters) and James Plotkin (Old, Scorn, Atomsmasher) joined by Alan Dubin (Old) and Tim Wyskida (Manbyyrd, Blind Idiot God). Given this impressive line-up, Khanate had something of a name to live up to before they ever released anything.

Well you will not be disappointed. Five lengthy tracks of extremely raw doom fill this debut album. Massive amounts of feedback, standstill music and what can best be described as 'vocal torture' make of this album one of the most painfully insane pieces of doom ever. There is not a happy note to be found on this silver disk. The slogan on their flyer, "If you loathe extreme doom, you will hate Khanate", definitely holds up, this is not for the weak of heart.

Khanate often reminds me of an even more twisted version of Burning Witch but slower, more droning and hellish. Imagine how it would feel to slowly notice your mind slipping, when seconds become hours, when hours become days. Knowing you are losing your mind, but you are unable to stop it, at first fighting it, but then slowly giving in to the insanity and madness. Reality becomes a twisted mockery you are no longer connected with. The walls are turning in on you, the gravity is so extreme you can not even lift your head anymore. That is how Khanate sounds, hellish, brooding and most of all inhumanly insane.

This is an absolute must for extreme doom fans! I will simply quote Khanate on this: "Khanate is raw fucking power, submit or be crushed!!!"

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


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

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes

Visit the Khanate bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
Hate Your Guts Records
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