2022, Reviews

#SilverKnife 🇧🇪/🇫🇷/🇳🇱 Ring

Band: Silver Knife
Title: Ring
Label: Amor Fati Productions
Release date: 24 April 2022
Country: Belgium / France / Netherlands
Format Reviewed: High-quality digital recording:

What can I tell you about Silver Knife except that this is a band that surprises, and feeds, and, by the time you are done listening to their music, you must go back for numerous more samplings. That’s what happened to me upon listening to their debut album from 2020, “Unyielding/Unseeing”. Their style, post-black metal/black metal, their unique expression, their content, and just about everything that they did in that first album was noteworthy. At that time that the album was being recorded, the tracks for this new EP of theirs, “Ring” were created. By the band’s agreement, the EP tracks were always going to be recorded separately, and those two tracks are what I’m going to be sharing with you.

Silver Knife got together in 2019, and are: D, H, N & P from the bands Laster, Cult of Erinyes, Nusquama and Hypothermia. There may be some similarities to sound in this EP, but Silver Knife separated and established themselves as their own entity with their debut album and this EP continues with that unique stamp.

“Ecomimesis” begins in a tortured, raw extended scream to fall off into tremolo riffing that is fierce and hard hitting. Drums are the frenetic back beat that urge and push those guitars to volley with the raging vocals. This track continues with a mindscape of a world that weaves melancholy against aggressive swatches of pure rage and emotion.

“Recalcitrant”, more of the melodic riffing to begin, and the tone of the guitars are different on this. Not so speed driven, more about melodies. That vocal is so fucking tortured and mournful in this.

Now, the track slows and bleeds such masterful licks of sadness, really just so hard to describe how this feels to hear it. A wall of sound, in the production which is discordant and done to further express that nightmare/dream quality of this track. DAMN, this track is incredible with the layering of guitar riffs, counterpoint drums, audible bass and that vocal is so haunting.

What I can say about this EP is that you are immersed from the very first note. Aggression, sadness, rage and melancholy are what drives it and the journey you go on is only to the limits of your imagination. For music to capture that untrammeled need to hear, feel, see and almost taste to the last fading notes is truly something special. I give 8.5/10 Metal Marie

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8.5/10 To Greatness and Glory!
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