Excavation - The Haxan Cloak
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. May 3, 2013
    100
    Excavation is a brilliant piece of work, one best enjoyed actively with a premium set of headphones, in solitude.
  2. May 20, 2013
    90
    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.
  3. Apr 26, 2013
    90
    Much as every black witch’s cloak is undeniably part of a discourse that includes both Black Sabbath and Black power, The Haxan Cloak is in a dialogue with contemporary dubstep, and with Excavation, he proves that he has much to add to the conversation.
  4. Apr 16, 2013
    90
    Ultimately, what makes Excavation such an awesome and absorbing listen is precisely its indifference to the listener.
  5. Excavation is vivid and physical, each moment meticulously and purposefully crafted.
  6. Apr 17, 2013
    87
    Excavation gains power from gathering a little dust for a while, becoming a dark treat to occasionally sink into.
  7. 80
    Listening to Excavation is a profoundly visceral experience.
  8. Apr 22, 2013
    80
    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.
  9. Apr 16, 2013
    80
    He might have translated his sound into electronics with Excavation, but here Krlic's music feels more wrenchingly human than it ever has been.
  10. Apr 15, 2013
    80
    The LP's strength is in that undecidedness. When he leans too far to one side, which actually doesn't happen all that often, the album can feel mournful or facile.
  11. 80
    This is lightless, horrifically bleak electronic music, but it still sounds human despite its lack of words, melodies or analog instrumentation; there’s a tangible personality to it that’s all its own.
  12. Apr 12, 2013
    80
    Spine-tinglingly brilliant.
  13. Apr 29, 2013
    70
    Excavation is a dark, ominous and sinister album, but Bobby Krlic is too smart to focus solely on scaring the shit out of his listeners, instead using electronics and beats to explore the haunted past and uncertain present in ways that build on his previous output without rehashing tired “hauntology” clichés.
  14. Apr 24, 2013
    70
    Krlic combines a flexible approach with an impressive deftness of touch, and Excavation sees him feeling out new ways through the shadows. [Apr 2013, p.50]
  15. Apr 15, 2013
    70
    This album, for a short time, will make you question your sanity and the world around you.
  16. Apr 12, 2013
    70
    As the Richard Harris exhibition showed, by enabling us to momentarily confront our own mortality, morbid artistic meditations on death can be oddly and overwhelmingly uplifting.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 30, 2013
    9
    An extremely dark, atmospheric, gripping and frankly terrifying electroambient LP. Listening to Excavation is a vehement and visceral experience, and will make you never want to sleep with the lights off again. Full Review »
  2. Apr 25, 2013
    10
    This album is a unique experience and deserves a 10/10. It is not music that you can listen to all the time and instead requires your utmost attention. Just by hearing the first track, you will know that this album will be a gripping and surreal soundscape. Full Review »
  3. Apr 23, 2013
    9
    I listened to Excavation for the first time on headphones in a quiet, but populated coffeehouse. This is a great idea to try yourself if you enjoy injecting incredible amounts of tension and general hopelessness into your casual environment. Heads up though: the people around you might notice your sweating and/or shortness of breath. It's okay if they don't understand your anxiety, they're not the ones who are privately undergoing a sweeping storm on the senses. Not many other albums present this kind of dark, otherworldly setting with such fluidity and envelopment. One of the best electronic albums of 2013 so far. Full Review »