#16: Bloody Knives - 'I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This'
Groove to it here!
Let's just get this off our chests... this is shoegaze music of the more noisey variety, moved about as far away from dream pop while still retaining that pop essence. Because shoegaze works best with memorable yet simple melodies.
Besides the obvious My Bloody Valentine and other noise pop comparisons, Bloody Knives actually have a pretty unique sound going on. Their sound is where everything is fighting to surface, and it keeps getting louder... and louder.
Everything comes across as strong, even the vocals, which makes it a bit different than traditional shoegazer 90's music, making it more in the "nugaze" movement, I suppose (that and they are a pretty new band). Not only are its elements powerful, the band exemplifies strong songwriting and melodies while laying down some serious noise rock.
It is that more sizzly distortion that alt rock can be known for, less chunky and metallic. Sure, it's pretty metal when it needs to be, but there are multiple genres going on here. Most of it is what I would call simply "ambient noise rock". More expansive than psychedelic. That everything is exploding outward methodically. Beamed straight into outer space.
There are some transcendental moments on track 2, "Blood Turns Cold", as ice cold shards cut into the night sky causing an opening into a wormhole. "Reflection Lies" then bursts out of thin air and opens into a field of strange lights. The bass is not quite as fuzzy as some bands, but still rather dirty and distorted, anchoring all of the rather out there guitars and noise-ridden keyboards.
"Black Hole" continues a rather stellar first half of an album on track 4. Feels almost like a trilogy of songs (tracks 2-4). The end of this song tears your head up as you meet the event horizon. "Static" is presumably the start of Side 2 where it feels a bit more like the aftermath and the beginning of something new.
It is at this point where the album kind of gets stuck in the mud a bit and a little bit overdone. Then there is a trippy interlude track which throws things off again, but it's a good one of those types of tracks. Interesting things happening in the headphones. After that brief lull the album cranks back up and takes things to even noisier heights on "Poison Halo".
The album closes with scorcher "Buried Alive", leaving little doubt about rocking out with the drums most intense performances blasting ever outward. Despite a few drawbacks like a too-scooped production sound and some of the song parts being drawn out a bit too long, the songs and sounds heard on 'I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This' are so brazenly rock and roll over-the-top, that you feel like you are being blasted into outer space and beyond.