Khanate (band)

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L-R: Stephen O'Malley, James Plotkin, Tim Wyskida, Alan Dubin
L-R: Stephen O'Malley, James Plotkin, Tim Wyskida, Alan Dubin
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
Years active2000–2006; 2009–2010, 2017–present

Khanate is an American drone doom supergroup that brought together James Plotkin and Alan Dubin, two members of the defunct band OLD, as well as Tim Wyskida of Blind Idiot God and Manbyrd and Stephen O'Malley of Burning Witch and Sunn O))).

Keeping some similarity to O'Malley's previous band Burning Witch, Khanate produces songs that usually exceeded the 10-minute mark, characterised by extremely slow tempos, harsh layers of feedback and vocalist Alan Dubin's torturous shrieking.

In September 24, 2006, Khanate split up, with Plotkin stating that the "lack of commitment from certain members" led to the split.[4]

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."

On May 19, 2023, the band released a surprise album titled To Be Cruel digitally and announced preorders for a physical release to be released in June. They also announced digital reissues of their four previous albums and plans for physical reissues to follow.[5]


  • Alan Dubin – vocals (2000–2006, 2009–2010, 2017–present)
  • Stephen O'Malley – guitars (2000–2006, 2009–2010, 2017–present)
  • James Plotkin – bass (2000–2006, 2009–2010, 2017–present)
  • Tim Wyskida – drums (?–2006, 2009–2010, 2017–present)


Studio albums[edit]

Other releases[edit]

  • Live WFMU 91.1 (2002, Live)
  • No Joy (Remix) (2003, EP)
  • Let Loose The Lambs (2004, Live DVD; limited to 230 copies)
  • KHNT vs. Stockholm (2004, Live)
  • Live Aktion Sampler 2004 (2004, Live)
  • Dead/Live Aktions (2005, DVD)
  • It's Cold When Birds Fall From The Sky (2005, Live; limited to 500 copies)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dahlen, Chris. "Khanate – Things Viral". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. "Khanate: Capture & Release". AllMusic. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  3. ^ Currin, Grayson (July 30, 2009). "Khanate: Clean Hands Go Foul". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "Elektra Entertainment". Archived from the original on March 10, 2007. Retrieved June 30, 2023.
  5. ^ "To be Cruel".

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