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Excavation
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on 20 March 2014
Picking up where his previous self-titled album left off, Excavation continues the journey of an unknown figure into death and beyond...

The first track, Consumed, shocks with a powerful bass stab, almost like nailing a coffin shut, and the rest of the album follows suit until the more melodic last couple of tracks. Possibly representing the soul's acknowledgement of the situation & entering the afterlife???

Bring on part 3!

Interesting interview with Bobby Krlic (The Haxan Cloak), discussing Excavation. Notice that Consumed is the track playing at the start of the video.
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on 15 April 2016
great
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on 4 January 2014
A frightening experience, it even has a moment which makes me jump out of my skin every time. Amazingly crafted sounds, brilliant production. An electronic equivalent to Sunn O))), the next Tim Hecker imo.
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on 8 June 2014
This album is designed to be listened to as one. It puts you on edge so don't listen to it if you cannot deal with personal problems and paranoid sound scapes at once.
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on 7 July 2015
Awesome electro-pagan vibrations.
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on 6 December 2013
love it
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on 18 April 2015
It doesn't get much darker....or bassier!
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on 14 July 2013
One does not simply listen to Excavation. You feel it. You sense it. UK producer Bobby Krlic opens the LP with the same note as closed his sinister debut, instantly taking his bleak narrative to a place beyond death. This is a plane of tense horror, processed percussion and powerful sub-bass. Evil growls and shudders eke out from his resonators, these chilling atmospherics breaking periodically into super-minimal beat palettes. The ominous "Mara" uses deadened blows and creaking echoes to evoke the spirit of Ben Frost's landmark statement in menace By The Throat. Part one of the title track threatens the portents of doom-techno, its Tesla-fired jerk of a counterpart a mechanised arrangement of some expansive vision.

Yet, much of Excavation is quiet, subtleties occurring around the near-conscious that whisper to no-one unless cranked up loud. Naturally, the thunderous bass drops are that much more impressive in comparison. Belying his recent tutelage with Tri Angle, Krlic deploys both on "Miste", splicing extreme cut and paste samples with a sub-60 bpm lurch and what sounds like a spluttering diesel generator. Buried in the mix though is a delicate beauty, its resonant frequency set to trouble both the heart and brain.

Less an arena for Krlic's trademark terror drone then, Excavation nevertheless harnesses its predecessor's use of tortured strings - scraped cello playing its part alongside fizzing interference and alien tongues in "Dieu", for example, and part two of "The Mirror Reflecting" starting life like one of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis's sparse string soundtracks before rounding out into album's busiest composition. Part one of the same track takes church bells and scrubs the recording with acid, somehow projecting the swinging rope and abject darkness of Krlic's artwork deeper into the mind's eye.

Krlic's twelve-minute closer offers relative rays of sunshine after what could be equated with Dante's trial through all ten circles of the underworld before it, yet slowly his inexorable bass overtake and ravage the landscape. His evocative narrative has left hell's gate open and though its message is unclear - appearing to the unwary, perhaps, like some form of brutal interrogation aid - it invites fascinating interpretation like the best of high art.
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on 25 April 2013
Absolutely fantastic album. Feels like a trip through the darkest parts of hell. When that first brain-pounding bassline hits you'll be hooked. A must buy.
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on 16 April 2013
The noose on the cover tells you everything you need to know about `Excavation', a nerve-shredding journey into the soulless mind of Haxan Cloak (Bobby Krlic). `Excavation' is his second album, following his self-titled debut from 2011. If the noose is no indication, the name Haxan Cloak should send a shudder through you, as his is a music full of menace, mystery and darkness. Krlic has moved on from his debut which had mostly acoustic elements, `Excavation' retains these elements but the album has more of a refined electronic palette.

For half the album i was surprised by how aimless `Excavation' sounded, which had nothing to do with the sleepy pace of the music. The music is meant to be ominous and weighty, but there's so little intrigue that you fail to notice if any sense of a presence exists at all. It isn't till the last 3 tracks that the music starts to take a grip on you, with the deliciously moribund trio of `The Mirror Reflecting (Part 2)', `Dieu' and `The Drop'. These 3 tracks encapsulate all that is great about Haxan Cloak, showcasing the deepest and darkest electro you could imagine. Constantly shifting textures and melodies, equally relaxed whether visceral or ethereal, creates an emotional smothering punch of a sound thats as foreboding as it is alluring.

The music of Haxan Cloak is familiar territory now, what with the likes of Vessel, Emptyset, Raime, Andy Stott, Roly Porter, Pete Swanson, Vatican Shadow to name but a few purveyors of the hybrid industrial-dub-ambient-doom-techno community which has flourished in the last few years. Haxan Cloak doesn't yet stand out amongst this crowd of doom merchants, `Excavation' is certainly a refinement from his debut but is crippled by a lack of ideas until the last few tracks. If those 3 aforementioned tracks were an EP, you'd have died and gone to hell and loved every delicious second of it.

Rating 5/10
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