Kneel – Interstice

Open mouthed, bewitched and gasping for breath is not a regular occurrence despite having the honour to hear so many impressive and thrilling encounters at The RR but that is exactly how Interstice from Kneel left us. It is an album which devoured attention as it engulfed the senses, a cauldron of sound and craft which preys on ears and imagination like few others.

Kneel is the solo project of Pedro Mau (ex-Kneeldown, Wells Valley) and Interstice a collection of creative traps written between 2011 and 2013 and now re-released in 2019 through Pulmonary Records. Offering nine maelstroms of hardcore, mathcore, and thrash metal, though that truly only suggests at the full body and diversity of the album, Interstice is as fresh, adventurous, and unique as anything heard in recent times or is likely to be embraced this year. Upon the release, Mau is joined by vocalist Filipe Correia (Wells Valley, Concealment) but everything else about the album is all its Portuguese creator; an artist leaving no stone of unpredictability unturned and layer of creative risk unexplored.

As the album’s opening track swiftly reveals, Mau’s songs are as virulently infectious as they are almost barbarously bold and unconcerned with expected structures and boundaries. Murmurs immediately exploded on the senses, rhythms plundering their welcome with almost toxic prowess as guitars uncaged their own caustic squall. Already though there is an instinctive swing to it all, an inviting lure which only blossoms further as nagging grooves and prowling beats greet the calmer twist of the track just as Correia’s feral tones erupt. Magnetism lines every moment, attention and appetite soon gripped by the drama and enterprise making up the track’s numerous and connected snares. Equally quickly it proves hard to offer up a reference to give a clear clue to the sounds conjured by Mau, but in some ways the likes of Meshuggah, Converge, Daughters, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Coilguns make good hints to the fascination of Kneel.

The outstanding start is easily backed by Amend, its initial surge hardcore shaped but again soon the kaleidoscopic prowess of the project’s sound unravels as too the senses before its inspiring trespass. Wires of guitar swarm around rhythmic predation and already subservient ears; the track only increasing its slavery as its body writhes with fresh and unique spirals of textures and sound, a sonic vortex just as vibrant and viral within the barbarous assault of Occlusion. Straightaway it violently ravages, never diluting its marauding as it breaks through new nagging enterprise and imagination harassing ideation; Correia equally as uncompromising and compelling within the vicious tempest.

Lessening stalks and ransacks the senses next, Mau’s infernal grooves proving irresistible and melodic dissonance corrosive around rabidly biting rhythms while the two minutes of Absence simply haunts the imagination from its increasingly darkening void. The track allows a long needed breath to be taken, at least for its first half as it subsequently erupts with its own sonic cancer before Cloak dances on expectations with its quick footed dynamics and rapier like incursions. As within every track though, nothing can be taken for granted, its body an edacious helix of imagination and craft.

Both Debris with its flesh snagging jaw and jagged textures and the creative tyranny of Thrall simply gripped and squeezed greater eager attention upon Interstice, each an inescapable maze of skill and nonconformity which if we admit they did not quite match up to their predecessors tells how stunning those earlier tracks.

The album closes up with Sovereignty, a slab of cacophonous rock ‘n’ roll cast upon another hungrily engrossing emprise of convulsing textures, lustful craft, and rapturous imagination. Interstice is a rhapsody of sound, certainly one as vicious and fearsome as it is enthralling but a challenge which takes the listener to new brave and exciting places.

Interstice is out now via Pulmonary Records @ https://pulmonaryrecords.bandcamp.com/album/interstice

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Pete RingMaster 01/06/2019

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Wake Up Hate – Deep Sleep EP

 

Photo Cred: Roxy Faith Alexandria

Some encounters immediately strike home others need time and attention to complete their full persuasion. The debut EP from Florida hailing alternative rockers Wake Up Hate sat somewhere in between. Certainly it made an enjoyable ear grabbing proposition from the off but with subsequent plays it unveiled its extensive tempting as the adventure and potential of its creators fully emerged.

Stepping forward late last year, the Orlando based outfit consists of vocalist Jake Adkins, guitarist Matt Browning, and drummer Triston Blaize. Quickly the trio released their first single, a song amassing over 60,000 streams since its release in late December. It declared their music a tapestry of textures employing heavy snarling riffs through to provocative ambiences, a blend which provokes thoughts of the atmospheric prowess of Linkin Park, the melodic intensity of Papa Roach, and the steely rapacity of Spineshank across their new seven track rich Deep Sleep EP.

The release begins with that previously mentioned single, The Cycle bubbling up from an industrial hued distance to surge through ears with voracious dexterity. Its deliberate stroll stalks as it invigorates; keys and guitars spinning a dark yet rousing web punctuated by uncompromising rhythms. Adkins vocals are just as magnetic with the track a mix of the familiar and individually fresh with unpredictability its companion.

Easy to hear why it has made such a potent impression since its release, the single makes way for next up A New Way to Hate. It too erupts with force and threat in its initial coaxing, a tempting only blossoming as its melodic and atmospheric intimation brews in keys and the fiercer throes of guitar. As its predecessor, it is a track which commands attention and like the first, sets a lingering impression and pleasure easy to embrace.

Over the Edge follows, the song a swift melodic smog of suggestion and emotion prowled by a great gnarly bassline. The band’s pop instincts flourish within its fire, catchiness as vocal as its tempestuousness and though the track did not quite rival those before it, there was no escaping being firmly held by its craft and enterprise as moments of real imagination and ferocity struck.

The EP’s title track equally captivated with a mix of rock pop engagement and creative as well as physical severity. Haunting melodies and intimation soaked keys collude with tides of metallic antagonism and angst across its landscape, the song another which needed further time to fully seduce but only teased ears and appetite towards thick pleasure from its first trespass.

Similarly Love Me Like a Hurricane took longer to enslave but with its inflamed and rousing chorus and kaleidoscope of enterprise never left thoughts looking forward or; a challenge that Not Worth Saving quelled with individual if not complete success. Even so both songs only added to and built upon the potency of the release leaving Blind Apologies to conclude the impressive offering.

The fascinating final song is an emotive haze of sound and passion, its cosmopolitan hues rich spice in its dramatic balladry as it brought the EP to a strong and alluring close. It is early days for Wake Up Hate but the song and its inventive confederates more than hint that we might just have something special emerging in our ears. Certainly the potential is there and the enjoyment.

Deep Sleep is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 01/06/2019

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