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Khlyst - Chaos Is My Name
30 October 2006


01. I
02. II
03. III
04. IV
05. V
06. VI
07. VII
08. VIII


Extreme Ambient
Label: Hydra Head Records
Total Running Time: 42:55


Fed up with the Christmas spirit already? Do you have more than enough of the fabricated coziness and fake warm 'n gently atmosphere? Well, luckily there's always Metal Storm to turn to. As an ultimate "Fuck Christmas" gift, here's a review of an album so cold 'n sick, you'd wish you were running around in a Christmas elf costume, harassing people by giving away free candy. Enjoy this Christmas killer... or not.


Wow. Just fucking wow. Khlyst is without a single doubt among the most unsettling shit I've ever heard - EVER! If you thought the soundtrack to The Blair Witch Project was somewhat disturbing, think again, that thing was just a soothing lullaby. If you thought you heard it all on Today Is The Day's Sadness Will Prevail when it comes to discomforting, well, nothing prevailed at all. I kid you not when I say; this is how the overwhelming horror of being left for dead in a dark mahogany coffin must sound like.

This band is so unearthly, immensely dark and downright creepy that they really put a whole new meaning to the term scaring the living daylight out of people. In fact, if I wouldn't know any better, I'd say the phrase is invented just after Khlyst released this brooding menace.

However, if you look into the band member's past record, some pieces of the petrifying puzzle fall into place. Two out of three members were in that certain psychopathic league of frenzied musicians, aka Khanate, while one of them also plays in Isis vocalist Aaron Turner's Lotus Eaters. Vocal duties are handed over to Runhild Gammelsæter, known from the newly-reformed - but still kvlt-as-hell and just as superior - Thorr's Hammer, but maybe better known from the occasional guest vocals for Sunn O))).

Talking about Gammelsæter 's vocals, those are just insanely frightening and hauntingly deranged. Like in eternal agony, harsh screams and shrieks of unfathomable madness are going astray over the gloomy yet hostile soundscapes.

Khlyst is everything and nothing. Khlyst is low budget drone. Khlyst is high definition ambient. Khlyst is wandering noise. Khlyst is the wind whistling through the deepest frostbitten woods. Khlyst is a dead kid in a corn field. Khlyst is the ancient ruin, long abandoned by those who once founded and tended it. Khlyst is in fact the same desolate house as in The Blair Witch Project. Khlyst is the entire universe closing in around you.


PS: this band is obviously too grim to have a MySpace page. But some totally awesome chick called gutural0woman uploaded all tracks on YouTube. Look it up... you might not survive.


 


written by Thryce | 25.12.2009



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Mr. Doctor - 25.12.2009 at 14:34  
Really glad to see this here. I really like this cd, have to buy it as asap.

It is a really horrible album... And I like the fact that it has members from bands I really like [I'm a big Khanate fan] and the shrieks are just inhuman, makes Angela Gossow sound like a cute puppy!

Sick music, and I love it... Thank you for giving this a review as the ultimate "fucking christmas"

Oh yeah... one more thing: BEAUTIFUL artwork, I would love to have it as a painting in my room.
-DC-002- - 26.12.2009 at 02:10  
Very good artwork. Ima' check them out.
Troy Killjoy - 26.12.2009 at 22:33  
For once Lucas doesn't get to review an album with exceptional cover art! Now that's what I call the spirit of Christmas.

On a side note, this sounds...interesting so far. I don't have the time to play the tracks completely from the Youtube page, but I'll return at a later time. It sounds promising.
Mr. Doctor - 26.12.2009 at 22:40  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.12.2009 at 22:33

For once Lucas doesn't get to review an album with exceptional cover art! Now that's what I call the spirit of Christmas.

On a side note, this sounds...interesting so far. I don't have the time to play the tracks completely from the Youtube page, but I'll return at a later time. It sounds promising.


Well, from what I've heard from Lucas, he doesn't like this band. So I knew that this album wasn't written by him even before I clicked to read the review.

Good that you seem to like it

edit: I can't stress this enough... I fucking love the artwork so much that I almost jizzed my pants when I saw this
THAT. IS. SO. HOT!
Goat-Christ - 06.01.2010 at 09:19  
Khlyst makes me want to kill myslef.

...that's a positive comment.
!J.O.O.E.! - 04.06.2010 at 12:14  
I swear this album affects the memory centre of the brain; I keep forgetting it exists. It should come with a warning from the Surgeon General:

"Khlyst causes brain damage"

Damn good stuff though.
Mikyz - 22.12.2010 at 19:43  
I'm going to check this out right now, I hope it's as good as you make it to be.

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