The Haxan Cloak: Excavation (CD, Tri Angle, April 2013)

The album art for Excavation consists of a painting of a noose-like rope against a blank near-black background. This gives a subtle clue what kind of a musical experience we’re in for. And, indeed, the music is pretty doomtastic: deep deep bass sounds loom out of the speakers, industrial rhythms stutter and spurt, minor chords float around uncertainly, sawn-off yelps burst out. As such things go, this is quite a restrained affair (it doesn’t have the over-the-top theatricality of, say, Kreng’s Grimoire), and in fact I almost feel a little cheated that it doesn’t deliver the I’ll-eat-your-soul climax that it seems to have been threatening. But it has a good balance of moods, from the ambient to the darkly propulsive, and the editing is pleasingly crisp and precise. When I fancy something unapologetically bleak, this is a satisfying listen.

I bought this from Juno. They call it Industrial / Drone / Noise.

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