ARTIST: Bloody Knives
RELEASE: I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This
RELEASE DATE: 01/04/16
RECORD COMPANY: Saint Marie Records
Austin’s Bloody Knives have dropped a second album that’s a dirty bomb of fuzz and fury. Every track on I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This snarls with malevolence. Their first full length release since 2010, this has been a hotly-anticipated album. Out on esteemed shoegaze label Saint Marie Records, it’s terrifying and exhilarating. It’s abrasive. It’s mean. It’s magnificent.
It opens with the howling, malevolent fuzz of Cystic. Blood Turns Cold is just as dense. The feedback wails, and the synths sing along. The bass sets off strongly in Reflection Lies, with a strong psych feel, but soon the huge distorted waves sweep it away to an MBV whirlpool. Relief from the relentless layers comes with Black Hole which manages to leave a little air in this claustrophobic fuzzy fog. Static’s orbiting guitars are dirty and ascending. The enigmatically-named – —– , is a slowstep of glitchy zeros and ones, but it’s only a pause. It’s back to a furious pace with Poison Halo, an explosion of warped woe. The album closes with the well-named Buried Alive, with its dark and dirty howls and it’s unrelenting pace, it’s an onslaught. ‘The sun’s escaping’, sings Maddox.
I wonder if we’ll ever see it again …..
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.