Two scene veterans (one American and another Norwegian) formed Khlyst - named after an offshoot sect of the Russian Orthodox Church - in 2006, obtained a contract with Hydra Head and unceremoniously issued a full-length album in the same year.
KHLYST - CHAOS IS MY NAME - HYDRA HEAD
What passes as ambient or experimental these days is better defined as industrial here. Khlyst’s debut release features noise that sounds like furniture being dragged around a haunted factory. The sounds on this album come across as a compilation of sampled screeches, chants, wind recordings and a jumbled mess of improvisation. Others may hear the soundtrack to a cheesy ghost film, while another group might note that the occasional vocals sound like a demonic mouse being exorcised in the mouse version of The Exorcist.
Chaos Is My Name, on the other hand, barely needs to be considered or acknowledged for by the time one is finished writing this piece the band’s main man Plotkin (he of O.L.D., Deathambient, Atomsmasher, Scorn, Khanate, Regurgitation and many more) will have moved on to another project. In fact, given this performance, Plotkin and his band-mate should be kept away from musical instruments the way jealous rednecks should be kept away from shotguns. It is less painful to simply throw one’s money down the toilet and pull the flush than purchase and spend time with this compact disc. - Ali “The Metallian”