Knives Exchanging Hands
Hiatus


4.5
superb

Review

by Ryan Williford USER (48 Reviews)
July 12th, 2007 | 49 replies | 8,393 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fresh take on the Deathcore/Metalcore scene, Knives Exchanging Hands is quickly on their way to become another well know North Carolina Metal band.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

With Hopesfalls, Between the Buried and Me, He Is Legend, Glass Casket, and Killwhitneydead coming out of North Carolina, one would think that North Carolina was a hotbed for Metal; however, this is not the case. Aside from a few other metal acts, all you’ll find is Post-hardcore/Screamo and Indie Rock bands. With the release of Hiatus, Knives Exchanging Hands, KEH for short, stated why they’re be the next North Carolina Metal act to be mentioned with the bands stated before. Knives Exchanging Hands set out to pour Pure Aggression into a Cocktail glass and put a scoop of melody into it. So what exactly has Tragic Hero Records and Knives Exchanging Hands’ fanbase seen, and heard, to garner such a buzz around this release (by the end of the presale Hiatus had climbed to 12th on Smartpunk’s sales chart)?

The first thing that pops out at you is the guitar playing. It’s very mature and centered to the sound they want for that specific part of the song. Even bands that have been around longer then this band do not have that ability. Even in a song that’s too drawn out for it’s own good, The D.O.E. are Stone Cold Killers, the guitar parts keeps the song fresh and does not keep you bored long enough to skip to the next track.

Remember the scoop of melody I spoke of earlier? Well the guitars are the main benefactors of the melody this band brings, as shown in Put on Your Dancing Shoes and The Monuments They Build for you will be Mountains. They stop the distortion and chugging of the heavy parts and go into clean melody which is sometimes met with clean vocals. While this isn’t much of a Metalcore band, they lean more towards Deathcore, they do use clean vocals, and they actually enhance the songs they are used in. Most of the time, you’ll hear 2 unique vocal styles, which switches from one to another without hassle. They compliment the songs quite well, and the vocalists know when to give the instruments a chance to shine and not over stay their welcome. You’ll also find quite a few times when they use duel vocals. One of the best use of varying vocals happens in Can Scarred Legs Keep their Cantor? during the line “Your eyes are so cold” when they use may different pitches and screams repeating the same line, which takes away from the actual song a little.

The drumming is the last piece of puzzle that pulls you in. He doesn’t try to be the best drummer or the fastest; he just does what will help the song on hand and nothing more. He holds the fort and he even uses the snare where the listener can actually hear it. My only complaint about the drumming is that there is so much potential in this area, but then again this is their debut album. Give this kid a few more years and he’ll be on top of his game while this band breaks onto a bigger label.
In conclusion, this band has set the wheel in motion for them becoming the next big thing in the metal scene. Are they reinventing the wheel? No, but they are a fresh sound in a scene that is full of cookie-cutter bands that sound the same and hope that there will be one band that will propel them all to being signed to Solid State, Victory, or Roadrunner. This band has a lot of potential and is young enough to keep growing and carving their niche.
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Score Breakdown

1. You Didn't Feel a Thing N/a
2. The Smell of Florida After it Rains 4.25/5
3. Put on Your Dancing Shoes 5/5
4. As the Star Dies... 4/5
5. Factor X Divided by Numerical Code 4.5/5
6. Can Scarred Legs Keep their Cantor? 4/5
7. The D.O.E. are Stone Cold Killers 3.5/5
8. Give 'em a Little Bit of the Shillelagh 4.25/5
9. The Height of Narcissism 4/5
10. Save the Cheerleader, Save the World 4.75/5
11. I aim to Misbehave 4.5/5
12. The Monuments They Build for you will be Mountains 5/5

47.75 / 11 = 4.34/5

Vocals: 4.5/5
Guitar/Bass: 4.25/5
Drums: 4.5/5

13.25 / 3 = 4.42/5

4.34 + 4.42 = 8.76 / 2 = 4.38 Rounded to 4.5



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encmetalhead
July 12th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

first review in a while, i'm sorta rusty but yeah

Tyler
Emeritus
July 12th 2007



7924 Comments


What the fuck is with that rating system.

Fort23
July 12th 2007



2469 Comments


Yea it's pretty screwed up. The review ain't bad, but it's a little short.

encmetalhead
July 12th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i make my rating in depth i go with tracks and insturments i was goign to post it in a reply but then i thought that some people jsut read the review and move on

and yeah i know it's short i'm rusty as hell...

jrowa001
July 12th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hmmm...this sounds interesting. if theyre anything like Job For A Cowboy i probably wont like it....but if theyre like All Shall Perish then i will love it. decent review

encmetalhead
July 12th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they don't sound like JFAC, from what i've heard of JFAC, so you might like them (psst.....i sent to R&M DU ;) )

jrowa001
July 12th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nice haha. ill make sure to dload it went it gets sent out. JFAC are ruining the metal scene

encmetalhead
July 12th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed, but so is Trivuim and the likesThis Message Edited On 07.12.07

jrowa001
July 12th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the crusade is a definite failure in the metal scene but Ascendancy is awesome. im sorta losing interest in a lot metalcore these days except for Converge and others

Wizard
July 12th 2007



18746 Comments


Not a bad review, even though there are some rash claims made here and there ex. "The first thing that pops out at you is the guitar playing. It’s very mature and centered to the sound they want for that specific part of the song. Even bands that have been around longer then this band do not have that ability". Maybe its just worded funny, or Im just a nit pick!
I will indeed check these guys out.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

i am the robots
July 13th 2007



1027 Comments


They're decent.

kalkal50
July 13th 2007



2386 Comments


good review

Confessed2005
July 13th 2007



3314 Comments


JFAC aren't ruining the metal scene IMO. They've got a lot of talent to be fair.

This sounds quite interesting. Not a bad review, really weird rating system but nevermind.

encmetalhead
July 13th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A lot of stuff i've heard have great guitars but they really don't have a good flow throughout the song that's kina of what i was getting at...i think lol

Pebster49
July 13th 2007



2987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like ur rateing system, and I like ur review, might give this a spin or two

encmetalhead
July 14th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like ur rateing system, and I like ur review, might give this a spin or two


I like your review and rating system. I might give this a spin or two.

^^fixed^^

kalkal50
July 14th 2007



2386 Comments


you don't need the cognitive math dissection at the end

encmetalhead
July 14th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so don't include it in future reviews? 'ight dully noted

jrowa001
July 14th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

saying JFAC are ruining the metal scene was harsh but yeah they do have talent. i just dont like their style and sloppy songwriting, and now there are a bunch of other bands coming out that sound just like them and are getting a lot of praise (from the mainstream metal scene/myspace) and dont really deserve it.

iarescientists
July 14th 2007



5863 Comments


[quote=review]Are they reinventing the wheel? No, but they are a fresh sound in a scene that is full of cookie-cutter bands that sound the same[/quote]

You completely misused that phrase.



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