"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 2000
From: New York City, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Khanate News

Below is our complete Khanate news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Headline News

Hydra Head Records Closing Its Doors

Aaron Turner of Hydra Head Records has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:

"Hydra Head Records has never been a smooth-running operation. We've spent the majority of our existence excitedly scrambling from one thing to the next, taking on more than we could ever possibly hope to achieve, and never quite finding solid footing in the midst of our self-induced whirlwind of chaos. Though not every second of doing this label has been enjoyable, it has been a very rewarding and meaningful project for me, and I hope for many of the other lives to which it has been directly connected. The fact that it has lasted close to two decades at this point is astonishing, and much has changed during that time - the lives of those directly involved with running the label, the bands and artists we've worked with, and the nature of the music industry itself. Though many of these changes have been positive, or at least illuminating, the impact of our history and current industry circumstances are culminating into a slow and somewhat painful death for the label. It certainly isn't an entirely unforeseen event, but we didn't think it would come quite so abruptly, or (perhaps naively) ever.

"The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all. The simple fact of the matter is we've been running on empty for a while now and cannot afford to keep our doors open for much longer. Years of imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities, personal problems amongst the label operators, an unwillingness to compromise our aesthetic standards, a tendency towards releasing challenging (i.e. unmarketable) artists, and the steady decline of the music industry in general, are amongst the chief reasons for our inability to continue. It is a harsh but undeniable reality, and one which we are attempting to confront with as much integrity and grace as is afforded by the circumstances. More...

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Khanate's Final Album Details Revealed

Avant-doom band Khanate's final album, "Clean Hands Go Foul," will be released on May 26th on Hydra Head Records. "Clean Hands Go Foul" has been made available on black, gold, and vanilla bean swirl vinyl starting NOW through BlueCollarDistro.com and upon its release, the initial 1000 copies of the CD edition will include the limited DVD release "End: Capture & Release Live DVD."

Here is the "Clean Hands Go Foul" tracklisting:

1. WINGS FROM SPINE (6:47) (download a sample)
2. CLEAN MY HEART (11:05)
3. IN THAT CORNER (9:13)

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Hydra Head Comments On Final Khanate Album

A blogger at Hydra Head Records has posted some tantalizing notes about a final Khanate album, the still unreleased "Clean Hands Go Foul."

Production on the album is apparantly very close to completion; they've posted some gorgeous pictures of the finished cover. More...

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Leonardo Dicaprio Hand Picks Metal Tracks

Leonardo Dicaprio has hand picked songs by Southern Lord Recording artists KHANATE and TOADLIQUOR for the soundtrack of his forthcoming film/documentary 11th Hour.

11th Hour is a documentary concerning the environmental crises caused by human actions and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity.

The Khanate track, 'Torching Koroviev' (from their S/T debut album) and Toadliquor track, 'Charred' (from their eponymous album The Hortators Lament) can be heard during the opening montage over the main title early in the film.

11th Hour opens in LA and New York theaters on August 17th.

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Headline News

Khanate Calls It Quits

"Extreme doom" metal band KHANATE, the brainchild of Stephen O'Malley (THORR'S HAMMER, BURNING WITCH, SUNN 0))), LOTUS EATERS) and James Plotkin (OLD, SCORN, ATOMSMASHER), has disbanded. In a statement, Plotkin writes, "I have decided to leave KHANATE due to the lack of commitment of certain members. The decision was a difficult one, as I've put six years and immeasurable amounts of creativity into the band hoping to take it as far as possible. The past year has brought about many missed opportunities and the realization that some players are more concerned with personal careers and day jobs rather than the advancement of music as an artform.

"I will continue to work with drummer Tim Wyskida on a number of other projects, mainly KHLYST and our improvisational duo.

"Gratitude to all those that have supported what we have done and acknowledged our importance in modern music.

"The companion album to 'Capture & Release' is currently being mixed. This yet untitled work consists of spontaneous recordings made during the 'C&R' sessions dating back to February 2005. This will be my final work in KHANATE. There are plans for Japanese issues of the self-titled and 'Things Viral' CDs with expanded packaging and bonus discs with unreleased material."

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Khanate UK Tour Dates

Khanate have confirmed the following UK/Irish shows:

November 18 - Leeds Joseph's Well (with Melt Banana)
November 19 - Glasgow ABC II
November 20 - Belfast Bunker
November 21 - Dublin Whelans
November 22 - Newcatsle Cluny
November 23 - Birmingham Medicine Bar
November 24 - Manchester Roadhouse
November 25 - Bristol Croft
November 26 - London Highbury Garage

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The Rise of Art-Metal

Jon Caramanica has written a surprisingly excellent article in the New York Times about the shift in metal and the rise of "art metal" and "post metal," the latter label I dislike more than the first. Here's an except to get you started:

You might not have known it from looking at the audience, but when the Chicago instrumental band Pelican performed at the Knitting Factory in late July, it was playing metal.

Instead of long hair and all-black outfits, the crowd was displaying the trappings of brainy, slightly nerdy indie rock. Young men wore artistically cropped hair and tight-legged jeans, and there was even a smattering of young women in librarian glasses and worn-out Chuck Taylor sneakers.

This is not your older brother's metal crowd. "I've been wearing my Def Leppard T-shirt on tour recently," said Laurent Lebec, a guitarist in Pelican and a fan of that archteypal 1980's metal band. "People come up to me and ask, 'Is that a joke?' I have to tell them that I don't wear T-shirts as a joke."

The particularly dark and aggressive strain of rock called heavy metal has been around for more than three decades. In that time, it has spawned a range of offshoots, but none have been as unlikely as the recent wave of bands using metal as a jumping-off point for a range of experimental styles, dabbling in free jazz, minimalist post-rock, noise and even modern classical music.

This is art-metal, a curious scene populated by a new generation of metal acolytes onstage and younger fans often unfamiliar with metal's headbanger heritage.

"Metal in general has long been unjustly maligned as solely the province of knuckle-dragging meatheads," said Aaron Turner, a founder of the influential Hydra Head Records, which has released three CD's by Pelican, including, recently, "The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw." "That said, there's never been a group of musicians like there is now, who are helping to advance the form."

Read the full article at New York Times.

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Khanate To Tour North America This Fall

Khanate will be on the road this fall in support of their upcoming Hydra Head Records effort, "Capture & Release." Here are the dates:

9/18 Boston MA @ Great Scott
9/19 Burlington VT @ Higher Ground w/ Wolf Eyes
9/20 Montreal QB @ Casa del Popolo
9/21 Ottawa ON @ TBA
9/22 Toronto ON @ Sneaky Dee's
9/23 Detroit MI @ Magic Stick
9/24 Madison WI @ Memorial UnionSun
9/25 Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle WIRE Adventure in Music Festival
9/27 Columbus OH @ TBA w/ Earth
9/28 Lexington KY @ Mecca Arts Place w/ Earth
9/29 Nashville TN @ The End
9/30 Atlanta GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Wolf Eyes
10/2 Charlotte NC @ Milestone
10/4 Baltimore MD @ Ottobar
10/5 New York NY @ Mercury Lounge

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New Swedish Doom Fanzine

Emptiness is the name of a new upcoming Swedish Doom fanzine. It will cover everything from Candlemass, St.Vitus and Trouble to Skepticism, Khanate and Sunn O))).

Bands who want to be covered are encouraged to send promo material to ravenshaven56@hotmail.com.

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Khanate Let Loose The Lambs Tour 2004

KHANATE will begin the Let Loose The Lambs tour 2004 in mid-early March. Here are the dates: More...

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