Knife the Glitter - Knife the Glitter
Knife the Glitter “Knife the Glitter”
By: Dustin Koetsch
Knife the Glitter is a pure passion project almost 8+ years in the making. The band is comprised of such exceptionally talented musicians such as Eli Litwin (John Frum/Intensus) on drums, Kevin Antreassian (The Dillinger Escape Plan) on guitar, and Ryan Newchok on bass. The band started in 2002 and through a myriad of vocalist drop outs, other commitments and musical opportunities, Knife the Glitter never came to a fully realized band through one happenstance or another. But deep within this was nothing but fervid dedication and drive to keep the band going and to get these final recordings, recorded over almost 3 years time, finally out to the fans who had been eagerly awaiting.
Even though this record was finally released in December of 2017, at the time of it’s initial conception it could have easily fit in to the musical climate of 2010 where bands such as Animals as Leaders, Scale the Summit and CHON were forging a new and brazen path of melodic virtuoso instrumental heavy metal. Hell, even now in 2017 it feels more at home than ever being released among such a monumental peer group that it almost seems a shame that this will be the bands final recordings.
Antreassian gets to truly showcase his talent as a guitar player on this record, the obvious connections and influence of Dillinger Escape Plan are unavoidable to talk about here, because there are hints of that spastic, chaotic and dissonant tonality that are at play within a few modicums of the song writing. But never enough to really think you’re listening to anything remotely Dillinger-esque. This is Antreassians show here on Knife the Glitter and he does a magnificent job of flexing his musical and writing abilities. Antreassian weaves melodic harmonies over jazz influenced grooves with such definitive crafting, all the while being thrust though an almost subdued brutality that's infused from the overall guitar tone.
Some of the songs you can tell had a vocalist in mind when they were being written, but it doesn’t detract even one bit the fact that there isn’t any, in fact its a thoroughly enjoyable record from start to finish without any vocals. There's some excellent use of other instruments through out this record, such as the Viola and Violins on “Permanent Baby Snowpants” (By the way, Holy hell some of these song titles are really funny) there's some epic 80’s sounding synth keyboard solos on display in “Kid Colossal” that really puts the song into a whole other level.
Knife the Glitter is Discord, bewilderment, vented antagonism, yet dynamic elegance through configuration. A dynamic resonance of aberration.