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Khanate : Things Viral

I am probably going to get killed for this, but 'Things Viral' is boring. There I said it. Don't get me wrong, I worship Khanate's self titled, which was so painfully torturous, intense and oozed hatred like a wound that won't heal. Most importantly, it had atmosphere, something 'Things Viral' lacks in every sense of the word.

The four lengthy tracks, despite having their moments, are tediously long. The dissonant drumming and composition work is mainly strung together by a tremendous vocal effort by Alan Dubin, who works overtime trying to turn this album into something special with his deranged shrieking, which is just as good as his performance on the debut. Maybe it's just that I was expecting too much, especially when I heard it was similar to 'No Joy', my favourite track from the previous. In some ways it is. It has that same sort of disjointed atmospheric thing happening, without the sinister underlying atmosphere that was given off during the s/t. 'Commuted' and 'Fields', despite having great lyrics also grate at my nerves for forty minutes between the two of them, with uninspired, seemingly random pieces of feedback and drumming, making it a real effort to get through them. 'Dead' is the albums only redeeming track, which is also the shortest clocking in under ten minutes but sounding a lot closer to the feel and intensity of the first album. 'Too Close Enough To Touch' sees the band playing virtually one of the first two tracks all over again. Where is the creepy, spine tingling feeling of 'Torching Koroviev' or 'Under Rotting Sky'? Where are the pseudo-latin ramblings? Where is the destruction of 'Skincoat' and 'Pieces Of Quiet'?

Basically, what I am trying to say is, this album is no good, a giant disappointment. Some people will undoubtedly like it and to them, I recommend the debut as it is leagues above this one. There is no grim, vengeful assault here, just 50 minutes of boredom and ten minutes of music that aspires to be something greater but instead, sadly falls short.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Commuted
2. Fields
3. Dead
4. Too Close Enough To Touch

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Scott Wickens
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