As Birmingham, UK-based harsh industrial/doom metal duo KHOST prepares to release their third full-length, Governance, through Cold Spring Records next month, the album’s opening “Redacted Repressed Recalcitrant” has been made available for exclusive streaming at Decibel Magazine.
“Written over the winter during a period of sickness, including one near-death moment, KHOST’s Governance, their third album, sounds like an album written in turmoil and steeped in darkness, Decibel declares. “Death, doom, and industrial find themselves in noisy and claustrophobic quarters. Album opener ‘Redacted Repressed Recalcitrant’ begins with piercing noise and dissonant singing that morphs into the industrial-heavy genre fusion the duo has refined.”
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KHOST’s Governance devastates the listener with nearly fifty minutes of entrancing yet hazardous tectonic doom-laced revulsion. The album was produced and mixed by KHOST, and mastered by Martin Bowes at Cage Studio. The record features a guest spoken word passage from Oxbow’s Eugene Robinson on the track “Cloudbank Mausoleum,” and guest cello by Jo Quail on “Defraction,” and the album closes with a remix of the track “Coven” by Tel Aviv artist Adrian Stainburner. Governance is like driving at night with your spirituality asleep at the wheel.
Cold Spring Records will release Governance on CD and digital formats on June 16th; more audio transmissions, preorders, and will be issued shortly.
KHOST is comprised of Andy Swan (Final, Iroha) and Damian B (Carthage, Techno Animal, Deathless). Since their 2013 inception, the band has toured with the likes of Godflesh and Conan, performed with Asphyx, Locrian, Okkultokrati, Vodun, Moss, Anaal Nathrakh, Aluk Todolo, Final/JK Flesh, and many others. They have played as far abroad as Israel, and have collaborated with Eugene Robinson of Oxbow, Daniel Buess, and more. The band has also been remixed by D&B artists Hostage and Necrobia, Kevin Laska (Transitional, Novatron), Tunnels Of Ah, Satori, and more. Prior KHOST recordings include two full-length albums — Copper Lock Hell and Corrosive Shroud – as well as the Needles Into The Ground EP which featured KHOST material deconstructed by Justin Broadrick of Godflesh.
The ten-track Governance continues KHOST‘s immersion in themes of detachment and dissonance, and ruminates upon the exertion of wills that are not your own, and upon the ways to detect and trace the outlines of the presence(s) that may exert these daily wills upon you, day by day. It was written over the course of the 2016/17 Winter, during times of unease and sickness for the band, including one near-death experience. The resulting album is a hinterland of low resolution transmissions interspersed with broad concrete columns of distortion that loom suddenly from the dim landscape.