This LA trio is characterised by dramatic stylistic shifts between albums, relocating for inspiration, and stubbornly refusing to give demanding fans what they want. They use vicious guitars, ambient and experimental soundscapes, and alternately snarling and ominous vocals to create an unsettling, oppressive sense of doom. Their new album WIXIW is their subtlest yet, more cohesive than 2010’s Sisterworld and more delicately creepy than 2006’s Drum’s Not Dead.
The Haxan Cloak:
Bobby Krlic’s solo work as The Haxan Cloak does everything it can, aesthetically speaking, to make you believe it’s witch house (‘Haxan’ is an old German word for ‘witch’, for starters), but while the music is indeed dark and mostly instrumental, Krlic’s fascination with drone and nuanced compositions puts his work more in line with groups like Sun O))) and Demdike Stare.
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