Album Review: Crash of Rhinos- Knots
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5/5When TNS first wrote about Crash of Rhinos in early 2012, we tipped the band for big things. With their new album Knots, the Derby five piece may just have proved us right. With Knots, the band has very much picked up where they left off on their debut, Distal. Their intricate emo displays the same high levels of musicianship as before, but the end product highlights a more refined, fuller realisation of their sound. Knots wastes no time in making an impression. Opening track ‘Luck Has a Name’ is a highlight amongst highlights. Blessed with vocal melodies, that was at times lacking on earlier work, and furious riffs amongst layered instrumentation that is complex but without any clutter, this is a perfect display of controlled aggression. As the album progresses, the diversity of their sound really becomes apparent. Where tracks such as ‘Interiors’ and ‘Manheim’ show the gritty, abrasive side to the band, ‘Sum of All Parts’ reveals a controlled, atmospheric aspect to their music. The instrumental tracks ‘Everything Is’ and ‘The Reason I Took So Long’ are surprising, but far from unwelcome additions to Knots. The tracks are delicate and calm, yet fit perfectly with the tone of the album.
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Knots is out now. Listen here:http://crashofrhinos.bandcamp.com/