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- Excavation by The Haxan Cloak
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The cover on this looks uncannily like a Prurient sleeve, an indicator to the darkness that lurks within. This is the follow up to the well received self titled debut from Bobby Krilc on Aurora Borealis. An album high in many of 2012’s end of year lists.
Imagine the slow motion dread of Wolf Eyes combined with the gloomy, doomy bass emissions of an even slower Scorn, or Emptyset meets King Tubby at Chris Carter's studio while Sunn O)) and Lustmord are hanging out.. It’s both heavy and ethereal, feels arcane and yet futuristic, electronic and organic. Buzzes, ticks, crackles and morphing bass are the order of the day, surrounded in menacing dark ambient soundscapes, Krilc constructs vivid bleak sound worlds that are easy to get lost in. The fascinating environments he creates are nightmarish but never terrifying, intriguing in the way you want to find out what lurks in that dark corner. The simply gorgeous 'Mirror Reflecting (Part 2)' is a particular highlight with its mournful strings adding some real emotional depth. A very talented artist that really deserves the universal praise he’s been getting. Recommended.
10/10 Steven Moore Customer review, 26th February 2015
I've just started collecting vinyl and wasn't sure where to begin. I'd been listening to a cracking Haxan Cloak remix of The Church Of Synth and decided, after a bit of googling, to make this album my first purchase. I'm quite pleased with the result...
To me, this sounds like the soundtrack to the best DOOM game never made - the aural equivalent of a Hieronymus Bosch painting.
Nothing here is by the numbers: every beat, every note, has a purpose and sounds like it has been meticulously shaped and placed.
One friend said it was too creepy and made her check over her shoulder for monsters. But she likes Taylor Swift. Personally, I find it utterly beautiful. Admittedly, it's not going to kick start any parties but this is probably better listened to on your own anyway.
My only complaint is that the free download that comes with it are for mp3s, not FLAC files but this doesn't detract from the music itself.
An essential purchase and an excellent start to my vinyl collection.
Oh, and the cover is black. Really black. Spinal Tap black. Awesome.
8/10 Rob Gannon Customer review, 14th July 2013
"One does not simply listen to Excavation. You feel and sense it."
Full review here: http://www.sicmagazine.net/6273/the-haxan-cloak-excavation/
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