31 08 2005
#856

31 08 2005
#855

They Just Wanna Give You The Creeps

How did we get from Black Sabbath (inventors of “doom metal”) to Khanate?

Doom is at this point nearly as wide-open as metal itself. The label encompasses everything from outright Sab clones like Saint Vitus to bad-trip soundscapers like Esoteric and Electric Wizard, from Southern-rock-infused purveyors of filthy noise like Eyehategod and Sourvein to the Japanese experimentalists Boris, who’ve done everything from semi-ambient drone pieces to rifftastic monoliths of roar. But Khanate is the band doing the most with the doom concept, or anyway, the most doomed-sounding band ever.

Sure, Khanate steals from Sabbath. But their brilliance is in what they choose to steal. Khanate are all about space. Each huge chord, each snare crack or cymbal crash, is allowed to decay into silence before the next arrives. They’ve heard the word “riff,” but don’t believe it applies to what they’re doing, and they’re right. Guitarist Stephen O’Malley can’t be bothered with Iommi-esque crunch; he’s imitating the church bells that opened Sabbath’s debut, while drummer Tim Wyskida’s cymbals recall the ominous rainfall. Vocalist Alan Dubin doesn’t sound like Ozzy as much as what that creepy woman on the Black Sabbath album cover might sound like, in your worst nightmares. Bassist Jim Plotkin isn’t nearly as nimble-fingered as Geezer Butler, but he looks like a 19th century serial killer in band photos; Butler just looks like an old hippy. So, points to Plotkin.

Khanate’s new single (never mind the 43-minute running time, two songs isn’t an EP) is the best thing they’ve released yet. Awash in echo, “Capture” and “Release” find Dubin portraying some combination of Gollum and The Silence Of The Lambs’ Buffalo Bill. “Who says I can’t have?/closer come closer/…strapped and tied/sing with me/…someone’s treasure crush,” he screeches. “Release” is even more disturbing, if that’s possible. Dubin, or the character he’s playing, doesn’t mean “release” in the sense that the victim captured in the first song will be freed; he means releasing blood from veins, releasing soul from body. The music perfectly supports the lyrics and vocals, too; some of the pauses between chords are so long that when the guitar does return, you’ll jump like the ceiling just fell in. This, more than any half-assed indie “noise” crap (fuck a bunch of Wolf Eyes and Black Dice), is the sound not of music itself, but of music’s death. Khanate have created a truly hopeless diptych, taking their sound, and doom as a genre, to what seems right now like its ultimate extreme. Hard to imagine a more desolate record being released this year, or anytime soon. I can’t wait to see them live again. (The last time I saw them, Plotkin fried a bass head, so they stopped after just over a half hour. I’m hoping he's upgraded his equipment, and can play a longer set this time.)

Posted by phil on August 31, 2005 10:08 AM

from Bagatellan.com, thaks to Phil Freeman for the props. Photo by Hellman.

30 08 2005
#854

30 08 2005
#852

making friends everwhere

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

KRAPANTE, August 28, 2005
Reviewer: Tommy Tucker "aquatic avenger" (Augusta, GA USA) - See all my reviews

This cd was a total waste of money, and I can't believe these guys are passing this off as music. I have a pretty open mind when it comes to music, and I like a lot of releases on the Hydrahead label like; Jesu, Pelican, Isis, and Old man Gloom, etc. This cd is composed of some guy screaming poetry, and an occasional bang on a drum or guitar. There's no music whatsoever- it's like 40 minutes of some guy yelling. Some people might call this art, but I call it boring and a rip off.

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29 08 2005
#851

KHNT tour update

KHANATE vs East of the Mississippi: It's Cold When Birds Fall From The Sky Tour 0905
Sat Sept 17, Brooklyn, NY - The Hook w/ Circle, Growing
Sun Sept 18, Boston, MA - Great Scott w/Kayo Dot
Mon Sept 19, Burlington, VT - Higher Ground w/ Wolf Eyes
Tues Sept 20, Montreal, QB - La Salla Rosa w/ Nadja
Wed Sept 21, Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
Thurs Sept 22, Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dees w/ Nadja
Fri Sept 23, Detroit, MI - Magic Stick w/ Earth
Sat Sept 24, Madison, WI - Memorial Union w/ Mouth of the Architect
Sun Sept 25, Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle WIRE Adventure in Music Festival w/Phill Niblock, Four Tet, Hot Chip
Tues Sept 27, Columbus, OH - High Five w/ Earth
Wed Sept 28, Lexington, KY - Arts Place w/ Earth
Thurs Sept 29, Nashville, TN - The End w/ Loss
Fri Sept 30, Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn w/Wolf Eyes
Sun Oct 2, Charlotte, NC - Milestone w/ Gus Engstrom band
Mon Oct 3, Charlottesville, VA - TBA
Tues Oct 4, Baltimore, MD - Ottobar w/ Octis, Earthride
Wed Oct 5, New York, NY - Mercury Lounge w/ Octis, Sightings
USA booking: www.eclipsebooking.com

KHANATE vs Brittania: It's Cold When I'm Near You Tour 1105
(all dates TBC)
Saturday 19th November BRIGHTON (TBC)
Sunday 20th November BIRMINGHAM @ Custard Factory
Monday 21st November DUBLIN @ Whelans
Tuesday 22nd November BELFAST / LEEDS / NEWCASTLE
Wednesday 23rd November GLASGOW @ Nice N Sleazy / NEWCASTLE
Thursday 24th November MANCHESTER @ The Roadhouse
Friday 25th November BRISTOL @ The Croft
Saturday 26th November LONDON @ The Garage
UK booking: www.riverman.co.uk

29 08 2005
#850

29 08 2005
#849
29 08 2005
#848
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