The Haxan Cloak – The Mirror Reflecting (Part 2)

Title: The Mirror Reflecting (Part 2)

Artist: The Haxan Cloak

Album: Excavation

Year: 2013

Genre: Experimental, Ambient

Not for the faint of heart. This track first arrived as a leak via a short clip from Bobby Krlic’s new label home, Tri Angle. When I first saw it felt horrifying enough that i was too scared to listen to all of it. At the track’s most desolating moment the clip ends. But now that we have the whole track, it more than lived up to its expectation. Experimenting with metal and doom elements, “Mirror” is dense and suffocating, stretched out over seven minutes that feel like you’re watching someone’s dying breathe seep out in agonizing slow motion.

Being in a league where he is almost alone, in thus desolate lifeless space he creates, the closest contemporary comparison is Blackest Ever Black signingsRaime, who operate with a similarly numb feeling, in a place where you can almost see the life draining from their veins.