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Page online: May 8, 2008
Last update/review: December 30, 2014


Khlyst is one of the later projects headed up by James Plotkin, who's been involved in all sorts of bands over the years and was most recently seen in the late Khanate. A lot of what Plotkin has been involved in is some sort of extreme noisefest, and Khlyst is no exception, if anything this is even less structured and more out-there than his previous works. He does most of the work here himself, save percussion by his old Khanate bandmate Tim Wyskida and a quite chilling vocal performance by one Runhild Gammalsaeter -- her growls, shrieks, moans, and assorted tortured voices make for a rather harrowing listening experience. Musically, it's drone-ish, at times ambient and at other times rather cacophonous. Really a pretty bizarre project and clearly tailored to a select few -- traditional metalheads probably aren't going to get too much out of this.

Current Members

Runhild Gammelsaeter

vocals (guest for Sunn O))))

James Plotkin

guitars (ex-Earth, Khanate, ex-Old)

Tim Wyskida

drums (Blind Idiot God, Insect Ark, Khanate)


Chaos Is My Name  
2006 Hydra Head
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  • Runhild Gammelsaeter
  • James Plotkin
  • Tim Wyskida

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