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Knut
Challenger
Hydrahead


Whoís to say why I can listen to the all out assault of Challenger, while equally caustic bands like Hiretsukan send me to the chemists for pain reliever. Thereís some undetectable element that makes this bombastic dissonance far more preferable than another. Most likely, Knut have experimented with and perfected the tonality to a point of being abrasive but still enjoyable. Ironically, the most annoying song is the semi-acoustic "58.788." The one designed to offer a break from the mayhem. So nondescript that it could have been Love & Rockets for all I knew. The quiet repetition went unanswered by vocals at a time they could have carried an intelligible message.

The disturbed mess of "Whacked Out" has jagged tones that ring in your head. Meanwhile the rattling bass scrambles your yarbles. If youíve got any yarbles. The confusing rhythms on "Repressed" give you a neck-ache for wondering where itís coming from and where itís going. The lead screamerís roar sounds like the jet engine in a Neubauten deconstruction. "El Nino" has the guitars frantically searching for an exit underneath. The secret may be the tension they create. In a genre not known for mental stimulation, this gets your synapses shooting off like a teenaged boy at a peep-show.

The build on "Neon Guide," now thereís the thing. You know itís coming and theyíre holding out on you. But you hang on enjoying the tease. Through the fuzz and gravel, a melody is actually plenty prominent. The swampy "H/armless" has a milder guitar sirening in the background while the heavy chunking keeps it in check. Reminds me of Prong. "Ice Will" is high-speed insanity. The fancy stepping rhythms have to maneuver with precision. "March" comes in like a Neolithic hunter stomping and bashing. It plods heavy with determination, never truly reaching rage until fifteen minutes in. After the instruments have dropped out one by one, the target is found. And the bloodshed commences. I donít usually have the patience for this sort of grandiose epic, but somehow it still has my interest.

Folks into Coalesce, Crowbar, pissing off girlfriends and Nordic hammer of Thor type stuff will be all up on this Knut. As stated, this ainít my bag but Iím sure as hell going to rifle through it.

ó Ewan Wadharmi

Track List:

  1. Whacked Out
  2. Repressed
  3. El Nino
  4. BiteTheBullet
  5. Neon Guide
  6. H/armless
  7. 58.788
  8. Ice Will
  9. March

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