Over the course of its first three albums, Knelt Rote morphed from a band whose sound was originally most identifiable within the boundaries of grindcore to one that later wandered further down the spectrum of aural extremity into the realm of black/death metal. Its first album, “From Without” (2008), is an amalgam of breakneck tempos, frenzied guitar riffs, and rabidly barked vocals that reflects as much influence from the most extreme forms of hardcore punk as from the domain of metal. A palpable shift occurred on Knelt Rote’s second album, “Insignificance” (2010), and became more intensified with the 2012 release of “Trespass.” Although certain elements from the band’s first recording remained clearly intact, the songs began to assume a darker tone that was more menacing than angst-ridden, and the violence inherent in the music became better focused and significantly more pronounced. Throughout all of these works, and further complicating an easy classification of the band’s style, was the incorporation of harsh noise that both intensified the uneasiness inflicted upon the listener and threatened to shatter a given song into a thousand unrecognizable fragments at any unannounced moment. As it had done with the CD release of “Insignificance” and the LP and CD versions of “Trespass,” Nuclear War Now! Productions hereby presents “Alterity,” Knelt Rote’s fourth album and one that continues along the same trajectory established by the previous sequence of recordings. The devastation wrought by the incessant percussive barrage and grinding guitars on “Alterity” is matched by the dark introspection into the human condition that it endeavors to navigate. The lyrics explore such themes as social dissolution, identity, mental illness, obsession and suicide in the context of fatalism and inevitability, as opposed to personal agency. The music reflects the complete removal of will in situations typically associated with decision-making and understandable causation, leaving one to question how much control he has over his fate in an environment so maligned with threats to self-preservation. The vaguely ominous artwork that adorns the cover and accompanying booklet serves to magnify this doubt, casting a web that promises to entangle any who hope to escape their imperiled existence.
An infatuating illustration of technical composition that has me returning on a more than regular basis. Hard to believe such an incredible amount of audible bereavement could be conjured and demonstrated by a single human being.
Clutching, demanding, enthralling repertoire of hymnal dissonance; Armory of decadent sonic upheavals with dismayingly lethal vorpal caliber. Grievous will grip you by the throat and forcibly learn you something you have only little knowledge of. You will listen. Inveterate༒Mendaciousness
Hidden History of the Human Race justifies the degree of eager anticipation for its release. More than the product of a novelty act, or a complex genre tag such as old-school technical atmospheric death metal, the band's music on Hidden History...is technically-challenging, dissonant, and memorable for its song-writing magic! Fave album of 2019! Alaric Cabiling
Utter savagery spewed forth with deadly precision.
This release stands out from earlier work (and others in the genre) in that it sounds much more full and punishing. The tone is refined without sacrificing raw energy.
If you enjoy passing idle time by envisioning yourself as a violent malformed entity ripping through undulating masses of burning flesh and bone - it doesn't get much better than this. Swigen