Khanate Things Viral on Colored 2LP
Long Out of Print on Vinyl / Remastered by James Plotkin with 2 Bonus Tracks & Bonus 12"
Also Available on Standard Vinyl with Bonus Tracks
Khanate - the quartet of Stephen O'Malley (guitar), James Plotkin (bass), Tim Wyskida (drums) and Alan Dubin (vocals) - released their second album Things Viral, in 2003 to considerable international acclaim. This still stands as an opus of systematically deconstructed metal and crawling avant-rock tropes. The slow pace of these recordings follows that of Khanate's eponymous debut, with the band sterilizing much of the grime and distortion to highlight the space between.
Things Viral deliberately vacates and erases the sustained tone that is often liberally employed as a doom/drone standard, leaving behind an emaciated structure of rhythmic heft, subharmonic progressions, and Dubin's torturous vocalizations. Thanks to this reductive ethos, these demonic vocals puncture though like knives blindly stabbed into the dark. His poetics of pschyopathic delusions and death-link finality require such a harsh scrape from throat and larynx to achieve the dismal effect.
This re-issue expanded the original to include the track "Dead" (not on the Southern Lord CD) and a reprised version of "Commuted" (not on the Load 2LP). The colored version also contains a bonus 12" of a WNYU radio session.
• Expanded edition includes audio remastered by James Plotkin, 2 bonus tracks and delxue packaging by Stephen O'Mally
• 500 colored vinyl copies come with bonus white label 12" of live radio sesions never before available on vinyl