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Bring The Knife - "Bring The Knife" (CD/EP)

Bring The Knife - "Bring The Knife" CD/EP cover image

"Bring The Knife" track listing:

1. At The End Of Days
2. Werewolf Fuckdown
3. Ftftftftftftftft .....
4. Viking Skull Thrust
5. Thank You For Ripping Us Off
6. I Walk Through Flames Every Hour To Feel Free
7. Werewolf F$%kdown (clean version)

Reviewed by on July 21, 2012

"Bring The Knife's hardcore punk-meets metal approach pays off well on this self-titled EP, which will please fans of both genres."

Straddling the increasingly thin line between hardcore punk and metal, Bring The Knife brings the fury on the band's self-titled debut EP. It's an interesting blend of the comic and the cosmic, lyric-wise, while never sacrificing any energy.

In general, it's the more high-minded approach that offers the most satisfaction. Despite its silly title, "Ftftftftftftftft ....." is actually an interesting indictment of our tendency to live outside the present, with singer Duncan Wilder Johnson lamenting that "We spend our time never in the present/We spend our time killing time." Also quite impressive is "Thank You For Ripping Us Off," a middle finger to corporate fat cats, but also one that indicts the "ego addicts" among the rest of us for buying into their schemes.

Somewhat less impressive would be the silly "Werewolf Fuckdown," which gets a totally unnecessary "clean version" tacked on here.

The most conventionally "metal" of all of the tracks is "Viking Skull Thrust," which features guitarist "Pattie The Gimp"'s best work, including an incendiary solo. "At The End Of Days" features the disc's other great solo.

The EP's biggest misstep — other than the aforementioned "clean version" of "Werewolf Fuckdown" — is the jumpy "I Walk Through Flames Every Hour To Feel Free," which occasionally feels like drummer Eman Pacheco is playing a different song from the rest of the band.

Bring The Knife's hardcore punk-meets metal approach pays off well on this self-titled EP, which will please fans of both genres. It's 25 minutes full of fist-pumpers that are often much smarter than some silly song titles would suggest.

Highs: "Ftftftft .....," "Viking Skull Thrust" and "Thank You For Ripping Us Off"

Lows: The redundant "clean" "Werewolf Fuckdown" and "I Walk Through Flames Every Hour To Feel Alive

Bottom line: Hardcore punk meets metal on this surprisingly smart EP.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)