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Khanate Capture and Release

1. Capture 2. Release
2005 Hydra Head Records
Our score 8


Julian Cope once said that "slow is the new loud." If this doesn't apply to Khanate, then I don't know what does. Their sound is utter gloom and despair. Yet, listeners continue to discover them and take them in as something to which they repeatedly listen. This buzz, so to speak, has particularly been true with the release of their newest offering for Hydreahead, Capture and Release. Amazed, I wonder who these people are. Hardcore kids who would never think of telling their friends they listen to this Doom fanatics who would just assume spend their paycheck on out-of-print records instead of food Some mall kid who liked that one album that Isis (or was it Pelican) put out, and heard on a messageboard that Khanate was "br00tal" I guess it doesn't really matter so long as people take time to experience this, because that's exactly what it is: an experience. Khanate's previous releases have always demanded complete attention - never existing as short, easily accessible songs; Capture and Release is no different. In fact, I have always thought that Khanate have continued to push their limits with each successive release. On their self-titled record, which is still today very slow and characteristically Khanate, there were moments that were almost fast in comparison to the all out dirge-like qualities of Things Viral, which have now become even more vast on Capture and Release. Listeners familiar with Khanate will know what to expect with this newest record. For those who aren't familiar with Khanate's sound, this would be as good a place as any to start; just jump in feet first. Capture and Release once again demonstrates Khanate's ability to lead the listener through a decidedly abrasive aural experience. Containing only two songs (guess what their names are), this album is more like a full-length (clocking in at about 43 minutes, though the vinyl version of Release is a couple minutes shorter) instead of an EP. The instrumentation of Stephen O'Malley (Sunn0))), Burning Witch, Lotus Eaters), James Plotkin (Atomsmasher/Phantomsmasher), and Tim Wyskida is once again very tight considering the length of time in between given notes/chords/cymbal crashes. The sound remains similar, with guitars switching between heavy distortion, and an eerily twangy clean sound. As with previous Khanate releases, there is a very powerful bass presence that causes speakers to shake on more than one occasion throughout Capture and Release. But perhaps the most memorable element of Khanate is the tortured, and sometimes blatantly scary, vocals and lyrics of Alan Dubin. His performance on Capture and Release is potentially the most tormented sounding thing he's ever done with the group. Bottom Line: Khanate isn't for everyone, though once the bug catches you it doesn't let go very easily. Capture and Release is a very solid album that contains many different elements from heavy and screaming to eerily light and almost relaxing. If you are up for a soul searching listening experience that might not bring you back safely, this is for you.


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deadwithfear_ 9/23/2005 9:11:15 PM


HXCOBD_ 9/23/2005 9:11:32 PM


HXCOBD_ 9/23/2005 9:11:47 PM


xdxmx_ 9/23/2005 9:31:07 PM

this bands so good... should be a 9/10

xtroyx_ 9/23/2005 9:53:42 PM

great record. i just saw khanate last evening and they put on quite a show.

Jesse_ 9/23/2005 10:47:08 PM

when i saw em live i defintly liked the Things Viral material more

bru_ 9/24/2005 1:18:15 AM

this is good. indeed

thalassa_ 9/24/2005 2:17:06 AM

great release. a little more riff oriented than things viral, which is nice. "This is my house" is one of the creepiest lines ever delivered in the history of music.

Michael_ 9/24/2005 6:32:45 AM

Very good album.

TRBR_ 9/24/2005 8:21:20 AM

Ash trying waaaaay too hard with that first paragraph.

Rudiger_ 9/24/2005 11:02:00 AM

everyone above is lying, this band is retarded

Rudiger_ 9/24/2005 11:03:23 AM

PS - Bring back Old Lady Drivers

thegoddamnawesome_ 9/24/2005 1:14:58 PM

good review. good record. definite 8/10.

din_ 9/24/2005 1:26:59 PM

yay. i didn't even know about this. i will have to pick this up

Sean_ 9/24/2005 9:03:49 PM

Did this really need to be reviewed? It might as well have just said, "This is good if you like slow drone."

murdertron666_ 9/24/2005 9:40:59 PM

Uh, it needed to be reviewed cuz it f*ckin rules yo

OLD_ 9/25/2005 12:14:08 PM

that sentence of Mr Cope must be replaced by "KHANATE IS THE NEW LOUD"

theaxis_ 9/25/2005 2:49:34 PM

this record is sweet. i love it.

ipoopedinyourcloset_ 9/25/2005 8:28:57 PM

anaturaldisaster_ 9/26/2005 2:25:19 AM

Superb album, I also saw them live a few days ago and was blown away.

truthsayer_ 9/26/2005 10:50:06 AM

great record, great review

taosif_ 9/28/2005 2:44:21 PM

hail khanate its evil gave me a high i havent had for some time

WeedySpecies_ 9/30/2005 6:32:29 PM

ok, this khanate record seem like it should be good......gonna give it a listen a little later on.......yepers, i got this yesterday........

chris_ 4/21/2010 5:50:35 AM

yeah so they should review that new one clean hands go foul.. its really f*cking good