The Haxan Cloak - Excavation
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2013 Ratings: #25 / 956
User Score
Based on 160 ratings
2013 Ratings: #61
April 15, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Tri Angle / Label
Drone, Ambient / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Beats Per Minute

Excavation is vivid and physical, each moment meticulously and purposefully crafted. Honestly, the record’s moment to moment geography is jaw dropping.

90
Spin

Ultimately, what makes Excavation such an awesome and absorbing listen is precisely its indifference to the listener. There are no half-measures, no fallbacks, no guideposts.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

The Haxan Cloak is in a dialogue with contemporary dubstep, and with Excavation, he proves that he has much to add to the conversation.

90
musicOMH

This is an album that seeks to explore a shifting in spiritual planes, and the music reflects this by twisting its source material into something entirely other.

87
Pitchfork

Excavation gains power from gathering a little dust for a while, becoming a dark treat to occasionally sink into. It's not a place in which to seek refuge from life's ills, but rather one in which you can satisfy a perverse need to draw them in closer.

80
AllMusic

It's undeniable that the album takes his gift for channeling dread in subtler, more complex directions and deserves to be listened to under headphones in total darkness.

80
Consequence of Sound

Listening to Excavation is a profoundly visceral experience. 

70
Drowned in Sound

This is not for dancing your limbs off in a field of fluorescently-dressed new friends. It’s more suitable for being tied to a wooden chair in an abandoned meat locker with a damp sack over your head by a gangster who’s just harvested your kidneys.

70
DIY

This album, for a short time, will make you question your sanity and the world around you.

ricardomcr
74
Interesting vibe, I can value what's being achieved here, certainly is original.
It's extremely low frequency and full of bass, the entire sound is built around an opressive atmosphere with the occasional moments of melodic intermission.
As far as scary/menacing music goes, there is better stuff out there, imo, but it's still an innovative concept that trails a path of it's own.

GO LISTEN TO: The Drop.
MinatoArisato
55
A horrifying ambient record that is sure to make you paranoid of every dark corner around you. Not much to bring you back for further listening though.

Best Track: Excavation (Part 2)
Worst Track: The Mirror Reflecting (Part 1)
thisisabtlgrnd
89
SPOOKY MUSIC SERIES: #4

Goddamn. Now this is what I'm talking about. The Haxan Cloak really brings dark ambient into the 2010s here, folding elements of bass music and trip hop into the style's more traditional elements. Compositionally, Excavation isn't a whole lot less minimal than something like Lustmord's Where the Black Stars Hang, but Cloak's expanded sound palate and expert approach to sound design allow him to do much more with his compositions.

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CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
TheRootBoy
84
Pulsating. Sweating. This marks the summit of dark, dub music. I don't feel like that rope is try to find something as much as I think it's trying to strangle it's listener as it drags them deep into an abyss. This will get your skin crawling as if bugs are nesting inside of you. It's that itchy.
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Track List

  1. Consumed
  2. Excavation (Part 1)
  3. Excavation (Part 2)
  4. Mara
  5. Miste
  6. The Mirror Reflecting (Part 1)
  7. The Mirror Reflection (Part 2)
  8. Dieu
  9. The Drop
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