Released: 2002, Hydra Head Records
Most people have a perception of the Swiss Alps as being a mostly quiet and tranquil place. Knut is out to change that perception. Scorching out of Geneva with a twisted Neurosisized hardcore sound, the four chaps that comprise Knut show on this EP that they’re anything but tranquil. The band plays a particularly brutal style of hardcore that can change speeds on a dime. Sound familiar? Let’s just say that it’s not surprise that Knut have shared the stage with bands like Converge, ISIS, VoiVod, and Neurosis.
While the band may be a little too obvious in its influences, they help themselves by having the most important quality: good song writing. The most obvious example of this is “The Will to Please” which moves from a typically brash hardcore attack to a cool syncopated breakdown section and then back again. Featuring particularly labyrinthine bass grooves underneath the harsh guitars, the song shows where this genre can go in the hands of good songwriters.
The other three songs on the disc don’t quite match up to “The Will to Please”, but they come close. “Dissolve” (why is that most bands in this genre have a song title involving that word?) is as beautiful as it is brutal and somehow feels welcoming, despite itself. “Aim at the Sun” follows a similar path (a little too closely) and moves along just fine thank you. “You Deserve Me” closes the disc in style, bashing the living hell out of anything or anyone in sight, coming to a furious conclusion. These guys are the real deal.