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Bloody Knives at Here Comes the Flood

Austin band Bloody Knives are into gritty industrial noise-rock with forays into drones, ambient, electronics and shoegaze. This latest album I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This is a sonic assault, a search-and-destroy raid that comes howling from the speakers, telling dark tales of doom and death. They don’t pause fro breath between tracks, but keep adding motifs and textures, building a towering wall of sound.

They offer a ride to the back alleys, where bad things are bound to happen. It’s a journey that will be too weird and downright scary for most – and they may scratch their heads at tune called —-. For those who wondered what a mix of the Sisters of Mercy and Sonic Youth would sound like, the answer is: the Bloody Knives. Handle with care.


Bloody Knives at Highwire Daze

Suffocating surrounded by a filthy poisonous haze. Drowning at the bottom of an icy lake with a brick tied to your ankle. Held hostage with a gun to your head. Bloody Knives latest record I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This exists in a world of forgotten places, the dark corners of empty cities, decaying buildings filled with vacant people, in the world of the lost and broken.

The album nods to the nihilistic abandon of the Birthday Party, the passionate desperation of The Sound, the dense filth of Merzbow, the electric disquiet of Christian Death, and the pummeling beauty of My Bloody Valentine. There are moments of intense beauty, of atmospheric filth, icy vocals, nasty synths, buzzing noise, pummeling drums and driving bass creating a feeling of moving at breakneck speed while standing still, of being comfortable lost in the chaos.

Adding Jack Ohara Harris (guitar), Ritchard Napierkowski (synth), and Martin McCreadie (synth) to the band’s already explosive live show has turned it into a chaotic decibel heavy experience, creating an intense ethereal atmosphere dependent less on pure volume and more on sonic density.

Recorded by Preston Maddox and Ian Rundell (Dead Space, Ghetto Ghouls, Xetas), then meticulously mixed and mastered by Adam Stilson (New Canyons, Airiel, The March Violets), the album is exactly as the band envisioned their sound being represented in a record, with fidelity unmatched by its predecessors.

Ambient, cryptic, unhinged, and ethereal, I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This is bold move forward for a genre bending band that already escapes definition.


Bloody Knives at Sound and Vision

Bloody Knives es como la versión enojada y súper agresiva del shoegaze (muy de acuerdo a su nombre). Desde su primer aporte en 2009 con su EP homónimo, pasando por varias entregas de corta y larga duración, le han dado al aire una densidad de notarse y temerse con voces que al menos en sus primeras entregas no se escondían en el ruido ni se susurraban; por el contrario incluso llegaban a escucharse como gritos muy rebeldes. Es, sin duda, una propuesta interesante y un poco diferente a lo que nos hemos acostumbrado en este género. Algo así como ver una riña entre A Place to Bury Strangers y Seasurfer.

Ahora están promocionando la salida de su tercera placa discográfica para el mes de abril, vía Saint Marie Records. Su título es I Will Cut Your Heart Out for This (¿Ven? Están enfadados con alguien) y hoy podemos anticiparlo con dos punzocortantes cortes que les harán hervir la sangre. Se trata de“Poison Halo” y “Reflection Lies” (videoclip). Disfrútenlos a continuación:

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Bloody Knives at Impose


Bloody Knives at Impose



Bloody Knives at When the Sun Hits

Breathless. Violent. Unrelenting. Euphoric. Bloody KnivesI Will Cut Your Heart Out for This is all of these things and more. Their newest release manages to be denser and more aggressive than anything they’ve already put out, which may prove almost unfathomable to longtime listeners. Picking up where prior songs like “Peeling Away The Skin” left off, the Texan sextet finds even more adrenaline and intensity within themselves; the most instantly apparent sign of this is the fevered pace of the drums, which barrel forward and brawl with anyone they can find, bringing the world of ‘gaze perhaps the closest it’s ever come to an intersection with thrash metal. It lends the songs a sense of immediacy and urgency, and each moment leaves listeners just barely dangling over the edge.

Album opener “Cystic” is perhaps the calmest moment, if anything vocalist/bassist Preston Maddox and his cohorts throw at listeners here can be deemed “calm”. From this comparatively languid introduction, the band only builds in ferocity and speed. Lead single “Reflection Lies” is an exceptional indication of the tone of the album as a whole. At once both blissful and devastating, it explodes with energy and light, a kaleidoscopic supernova that utterly obliterates the senses. It also serves as a perfect segue into what is arguably the best song on the album and surely a new fan favorite, “Black Hole.”

The opening notes of “Black Hole” arrive in vaporous, string-like swells that shimmer in a deceptive introduction before the song explodes into the on-and-off air raid it truly is. The song changes shape and dynamics frequently, but it demands attention and excitement from start to finish. Maddox’s bass work is at its finest here, doubled nicely by bass synths at various points. Drilling, whirring guitars spin in and out of view, weaving their notes in at always exactly the right moments in exactly the right ways. Simply put, this is a fun number.

“Poison Halo” stands out as a second high point, almost the counter to “Black Hole.” Whereas the latter is somewhat joyful and awe-inspiring, “Poison Halo” is ominous to the core. Maddox’s vocals spill out in the shape of a man simply regarding the world ending all around himself, a pained and bloodied lament as existence itself is eviscerated. This is a song that could likely strip flesh from bone if cranked to a high enough volume, a positively demonic reverie. Whereas the lulls in “Black Hole” simply leave one ready for more, the quiet here is more like alarm bells before the onslaught resumes.

To be sure, such descriptions will likely give unfamiliar parties some pause, but rest assured that I Will Cut Your Heart Out for This is the kind of album that rewards patience and curiosity. Those arriving to the album with open minds and a healthy dose of masochism will surely find it time well-spent. It’s an engaging listen, and startlingly accessible for something so fierce. That these six could craft such an experience is a glowing testament to their skill as writers. This is a definite contender for one of the best albums of 2016, and the year has only just begun.  

Standout Tracks – “Black Hole”, “Poison Halo”, “Reflection Lies”
Buy It Because – Albums like this are, simply put, rare. This may well be genre-defining material.
Goes Great With – Odonis Odonis, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Soft Moon


Bloody Knives at Austin Town Hall

I’ve been following Bloody Knives pretty closely the last several years. The band play an abrasive version of modern dream pop/shoegaze, filling in their tracks with buzzing guitars and a warmth in the vocals that somehow manages to steady the ship for listeners. Their latest effort, I Will Cut Your Heart Out for This, already has an ominous attitude, and the single below fulfills that darkened omen with shrieking walls of guitars. But, perhaps the reason I’ve come to respect the band is that they manage to juxtapose that darkness with a gentle beauty, be it in central melodies or the vocals…it never disappoints. There aren’t too many, if any, acts around pulling this off…this well. Look for the LP on April 15th via Saint Marie Records.


Bloody Knives at Primal Music Blog

Texas based noisemakers ‘Bloody Knives’ have just announced the first single to be released from their highly anticipated forthcoming album ‘I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This’ via Saint Marie Records.

‘Poison Halo’ is a game changer! Its a charging maelstrom of powerful layered noise that swirls & arc’s with reckless abandon as the driving drums, impressive soaring synth swells & explosive wailing guitars carve a path through the musical landscape with aplomb. The beautifully clear & pristine vocal arrangement sits happily atop the sonic arrangement, watching with giddying glee, as the tumultuous whirlwind of sound lays waste to everything around it. Absolutely Stunning! 

The full ‘Bloody Knives – I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This’ LP gets its official release on April 1st 2016 via Saint Marie Recordsand is available to pre-order right now from


Bloody Knives at Joy of Violent Movement

Initially comprised of Preston Maddox (bass, vocals, keyboards, samples and programming) Jake McCown (drums, noise, programming) — with recent recruits Jack O’Hara Harris (guitar), Richard Napierkowski (synth) and Martin McCreadie (synth) to flesh out the band’s live set, Austin, TX-based shoegaze act Bloody Knives have developed a reputation locally and regionally for a sound that meshes elements of punk, industrial electronica and ambient electronica with 8 bit glitches, bloops and bleeps; sonically speaking their sound is reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Jesus and Mary Chain and others as their sound manages moments of punishing noisy bleakness with moments of sublime and dreamy beauty.

The Austin shoegazer band’s forthcoming, new album I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This is slated for an April 15, 2016 release through Saint Marie Records and the album is reportedly inspired by the “forgotten places, the dark corners of empty cities, decaying buildings filled with vacant people” — the world of the lost and broken.” The album’s first single “Poison Halo” will further cement the band’s reputation for crafting a gritty, punishing and yet dreamy sound as shimmering synths and guitar chords are paired with towering layers of feedback, a propulsive motorik-like groove and Maddox’s ethereal and plaintive vocals floating over an ominous and punishing wall of sound that gently yet insistently pushes the boundaries of what shoegaze should sound like.