Review Summary: very heavy
There is very little reason to describe A Tear in the Fabric of Life
as anything other than ‘very heavy’. The surprise EP comprises a twenty one minute onslaught of guitars tuned into the goddamn soil, a mildly
distressed vocalist and a rhythm section seemingly prepared to burn down a decent amount of cathedrals. While remaining rooted in Knocked Loose’s brand of pretty heavy
hardcore, the songs branch out into other even heavier
genres to great effect. ‘God Knows’ implements a cataclysmic black metal section; ‘Forced to Stay’ descends into the deathened depths of post metal during its final half. Did I mention it’s all very heavy?
The record is easily the band’s strongest output yet: as Knocked Loose have always attempted to encapsulate the darkest, most destructive sounds known to man, A Tear in the Fabric of Life
finds them matching the intensity of the music with that of the lyrical content. Detailing a story of devastating grief, each breakdown serves both as a cathartic release of agony as well as an intensifier of that very pain. While there are things to be said about the band’s somewhat unsustainable trajectory, you won’t want to out such doubts while the EP is successfully trying to crush anything within its proximity. Culminating in ‘Permanent’s abrasive finale, A Tear in the Fabric of Life
’s violence may be over, but its very heavy
annihilation is bound to linger a little longer.