Khann Erode on LP
Straddling post-hardcore genres, Orlando's Khann blend elements of melody and abrasion to capture a sound that is both unique and familiar. While most new music trends towards extremes or becomes a mish-mash of what's hot right now, Khann have thrown a curveball by incorporating prevalent influence from the post-hardcore movement of the late '90s of bands like Small Brown Bike, Cave In and Hot Cross, an interesting about face from the sounds of the grindcore stylings of their 2007 debut, Tofutopia. The end result is refreshing albeit surprising for some. Less distorted, less screamy but much more distinct and very hard-hitting.
Erode has a calculated ebb and flow, rising and falling like the tide as the songs weave through various emotions. Ranging in intensity from subtle to chaotic, the album focuses on themes of the erosion of self with the aura of the music mirroring the lyrical content. As the band has changed members and styles; new sounds, energy and opportunity has presented itself, reviving the group and paving the way for more profound things.
Masterfully produced by Chris Owens (Lords, Akimbo), Erode stands as a formidable reintroduction to an amazing and interesting band as they are quickly redeveloping on the most grassroots level.