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Khanate in the mid 2000s.
Background information
Also known as KHN8
Origin New York City, New York, USA
Genres Drone, Drone Doom, Harsh Noise
Years active 2000 - 2006
Labels Southern Lord Records, Hydra Head Records
Associated acts Sunn O))), Burning Witch, KTL, O.L.D., Khylst, Blind Idiot God, GNAW
Website Official Page

Khanate (Pronounced "khan-eight") are a drone band from the USA, mainly New York City. Active from 2000 - 2006, they were best known as a harsher alternative to drone doom at the timeframe. Some reviewers and people acknowledged Khanate as a supergroup due to the four members past involvements with other bands such as O.L.D. and Burning Witch.

The name is taken from an ancient Asian word where a government or country is ruled by a Khan.


Formation and Studio AlbumsEdit

Khanate formed in 2000 after Stephen O'Malley and James Plotkin met at an Isis concert in NYC by way of Dave Witte (of Discordance Axis). They would also meet with members of Shadowcast, a group Plotkin was also in with Alan Dubin and Jason Corley of 16. Soon after, Tim Wyksida would join.

Dissolution and AftermathEdit

As of September 24, 2006, Khanate was split up, with Plotkin stating that the "lack of commitment from certain members" led to the split.

In the January/February 2009 issue of Rock-A-Rolla magazine, vocalist Alan Dubin stated: "we had a few festival offers which sparked some talk of a reunion but they didn't pan out in the end." He went on to say, "I highly doubt a reunion will happen."

The band would release a final posthumous album entitled Clean Hands Go Foul in 2009 via Hydra Head.

Tim Wyksida would go on to perform as a duo with Plotkin and also in the band Khylst along with performing in Blind Idiot God and Jodis (Also with Plotkin).

James Plotkin would perform in numerous collaborative projects along with his ongoing career as a producer/studio engineer.

Alan Dubin would form the band GNAW some years later but has since worked with all three other members of the band in some capacity.

Stephen O'Malley would primarily perform with Sunn O))) and KTL amidst a multitude of other projects.


Studio AlbumsEdit

  • Khanate (2001)
  • Things Viral (2003, Southern Lord)
  • Clean Hands Go Foul (2009, Hydra Head)


  • No Joy (Remix) / Dead (2003, Load Records)
  • Capture & Release (2005, Hydra Head)

Live Albums / DVDsEdit

  • WFMU 91.1 (2002, Self-Released)
  • Live Aktion Sampler 2004 (2004, Self-Released)
  • Let Loose The Lambs Tour DVD (2004, Self-Released)
  • KHNT Vs. Stockholm (2004, Self-Released)
  • Dead & Live Aktions (2005, Hydra Head)
  • It's Cold When Birds Fall From The Sky (2005, aRCHIVE)
  • END: Capture & Release Live DVD (2009, Hydra Head)



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