Over the past 5 years, Knocked Loose have made waves within the modern Hardcore scene, be it from their 2014 EP Pop Culture, or their insanely popular debut album Laugh Tracks. After much anticipation, Knocked Loose have finally delivered their latest musical adventure with A Different Shade of Blue.
Starting the album out is Belleville, and listeners are instantly shown what Knocked Loose are about, with crushing guitar, pounding drums, groove filled bass and one of many brilliant vocal performances from Frontman Bryan Garris. This flows perfectly into one of the albums three singles, Trapped in the Grasp of a Memory.
Track 3, A Serpent’s Touch,has the first of two guest slots on the album by bringing in Emma Boster (Dying Wish) to further add to the aggression we have already experienced within the album. Moving onto By the Grave, listeners are given a blend of Thrashy Riffs with Slam styled breakdowns. Mistakes Like Fractures is one of the albums many highlights, having great performances from all involved.
Moving onto track 8, Forget Your Name, we have the second guest slot of the release. Featuring none other than Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die), Forget Your Namebrings a touch of Melody to the release. Track 10, …And Still I Wonder Southis the last of the album’s singles and one of the strongest tracks on the entire release. Blending the violence Knocked Loose are known for with macabre soundscapes between verses and to finish the song. This also helps make the follow up track Denied by Fatehit like a freight train from the second the song starts. Closing out the album is Misguided Son, which would feel right at home on their previous album, thanks in part to the slightly simpler guitarwork alongside the Slam-esc song writing.
A Different Shade of Blueis without a doubt one of the best hardcore albums in years. Blending multiple styles and influences into a cohesive, unique sound that no other band manages to pull off this well while keeping accessible to newcomers of the genre. With two great guest slots and 12 tracks of pure, unadulterated rage, Knocked Loose have made a must hear for any fans of modern Hardcore.
Review: Daniel Stapleton
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