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Khlyst - Chaos Is My Name [Hydra Head Records - 2006]

Khlyst  is James Plotkin’s(Khanate, Phantomsmasher) New project, which finds him joined by Runhild Gammelsaeter (ex Thorr's Hammer).They summon up a mix of grim blacked  metal, deep dark droning tones, dread weighted  ambience.That really has the power to breed real fear in ones mind.

The album track layout works thus; one track of  slowed metallic drone come twisted and bent black metal concoction, with Runhild Gammelsaeter sounding a mix between creepy, disturbing  and for some reason very funny. Then one track of  deep dark hole or ritualistic cave  gloom ambience .This mixing of track types seems to work rather well, giving an nice contrast to the proceedings.

The the slower  ambient tracks are more effective in my eyes. Here the  pair seem to really conjure up a frightening array of sounds and drones. Which really feel like they’ve taped the sounds from some strange subterranean cave or hell it’s self. The more metallic tracks are interesting and sometimes enjoyable, but for the most part they seem a little too haphazard for the own good, and as mentioned  very amusing in parts. I’m sure this wasn’t the band intention - but it just clearly sounds very silly at times. Runhild sounding like something from a kids puppet show- a demon or some such furry terror. Thankfully for the most part the ambinent tracks are longer, than the metallic tracks.
 
So a mixed grim bag, which when it does dive down deep into  black oceans of dread. It really has the power to chill you to the bone, and send more than a few shivers down ones spine.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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