Bloody Knives: I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This (Saint Marie Records, 2016)May 26, 2016 at 7:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Bloody Knives are an Austin-based group whose name makes their intentions clear. Their sound is harsh and violent, recalling shoegaze at its noisiest (Psychocandy, Skywave) as well as the most aggro industrial. They do have their dreamy moments though; the vocals aren’t distorted screaming, they’re often kind of drifty and sighing, and the guitars also float and soar as much as they scorch and singe. Most of their songs are fast and frantic, even approaching punk tempos on songs like “Buried Alive”, but there’s also a few (relative) breathers such as “Static” and 2-minute interlude “—–“. The group’s overwhelmingly loud sound is harsh and crushing, but they still leave ample breathing room. They’re absolutely gory compared to most other shoegaze bands, though.