Knocked Loose
You Won't Go Before You're Supposed To


3.8
excellent

Review

by jesper STAFF
May 9th, 2024 | 779 replies


Release Date: 05/10/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: knocked wiin

For a band with two decently well-received full length records under their belt, there’s an almost strange amount of hype behind the Knocked Loose of 2024. Almost, because their hauntingly excellent EP A Tear in the Fabric of Life, ridiculously intense live performances and overall likeable demeanour as a band of people make the hype well-earned. As such, the fresh You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To comes with, oh god oh fuck, expectations. Expectations are scary, but Knocked Loose are scarier: rather than audibly engaging with questions along the lines of “is it doing the heavy heavier than the last heavy” and “are the one-liners smart enough to stand out but dumb enough for sweaty dudes to remember in the pit”, the band simply throw everything they know at whatever’s in the walls in hopes of it demolishing the entire fucking structure.

In essence, You Won’t Go… does what it needs to do and then shuts the hell up. It heavies heavily: look no further than the so-ridiculous-it-rips “bend the knee / son of god / uuuuuuuggghhh” breakdown in lead single “Blinding Faith” or the absolute insanity of “Moss Covers All”. Other songs conjure some ghosts or demons and stuff by way of an eerie buzzing motif and samples that maintain the unsurprisingly oppressive tone of the record - the dissonant web woven by “Take Me Home”s creatively odd and oddly creative twists forms a clear highlight as it makes way for the next slice of insanity. Most strikingly, the record embodies the most abrasive and the most dynamic music put to record by Knocked Loose: in spite of the near constant sonic onslaught, riffs are given ample space to groove, and each lyric is delivered with unmatched levels of spite as other band members chip in to complement Bryan Garris’ trademark high-pitched anguish with different shades of vocals. Speaking of diverse vocals: Poppy’s guest spot on “Suffocate” is vicious, hard-hitting, and easily the best thing she’s done since EAT, while Chris Motionless provides some vocals to “Slaughterhouse 2” that neither elevate nor damage the track’s intensities.

But yeah, fine, let’s address some of those damn expectations and do the discourse. Firstly, You Won’t Go… isn’t quite as impressive as 2021’s A Tear in the Fabric of Life: it does not achieve the same level of darkness through its storytelling, nor does it aim to do so. Instead, this album is 27 minutes of unhinged carnage, and allows no time for its creative decisions to be evaluated while it’s assaulting your ears and brain and limbs. However, once it’s all said and screm’d, it does beg the question whether this approach would have been a better fit for the EP format while A Tear…’s narrative ambitions could have benefitted from a more expansive mould. Secondly, the aforementioned “Take Me Home” and closing cut “Sit & Mourn'' show that Knocked Loose are capable of expressing themselves in different fonts of intensity too - the latter even dabbles in post-black-and-etcetera-isms - but unfortunately this experimentation is somewhat limited on You Won’t Go…. Sure, it seems unreasonable to expect the band most well-known for “ARF ARF” to go all-out in terms of ambitious songwriting, but that’s what expectations will do to you.

Regardless, Knocked Loose are really good, nah, the absolute best at writing stupidly heavy songs and forcing the catchy into the intense rather than the other way around. This album destroys as much as possible while it’s on, and even if it leaves a little to be desired once it’s over (damn expectations!), it doesn’t seem to give a fuck about what you think. Honestly, fair enough.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2024


5486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

who up knocking they loose man i am so tired i need to sleep album rips

JoyfulPlatypus
May 9th 2024


823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review dude, haven't been this hyped for an album in a long time. That Poppy feature blew me away.

JayEnder
May 9th 2024


20012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

HELL YES JESPY awesome review!



Oh man this album is gonna be huge, having the longest day ever at work. I'm gonna flip a fuckin table listening to this later tonight m/

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2024


4528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fantastic rev, “The Calm” is an early highlight, that song absolute rips

JayEnder
May 9th 2024


20012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

BEND YOUR KNEE



CHILD OF GOD



EEEEUGGGGHHHHHHHH



*filthiest snare ping in history*

StickFeit
May 9th 2024


2272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lessss goooo

MeatSalad
May 9th 2024


18615 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rdy to have my loose knocked ifynawmsayin

Wildcardbitchesss
May 9th 2024


12207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I do know what you’re saying meat and I completely agree

Smash my face in plz

Wildcardbitchesss
May 9th 2024


12207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And yeah, about what I expected. Not as good as “A Tear” but better than their previous LP’s

Frost15
May 9th 2024


3091 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ngl, I liked this as a whole. I was expecting a let down, specially after such a timeless EP, but even though this is no 'A Tear...' it works very nice as a whole. I wouldn't say it tops their previous LP's song by song, but as whole flowing entity it's pretty neat and better than their previous LPs agreed.

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2024


5486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

thanks gang!

sums it up wildcard, will be hard to find a more intense album this year tho probably maybe

artiswar
May 9th 2024


13546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wish they would pull a Spiritbox and just make a video for every song. Each one deserves it

DadKungFu
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2024


4894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Ahhhahaha that summary

JayEnder
May 9th 2024


20012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just got the summary lol niceee

gravityswitch
May 9th 2024


1909 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review jesp, can't wait to full blast the album on my way to work tomorrow

Wildcardbitchesss
May 9th 2024


12207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ugh STOP I CANT CONTAIN MY HYPE

KillingMoon
May 9th 2024


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SUFFOCATE!! Saw these dudes live the other day and it was one of the best shows I’ve been to. So hyped for this LETS GOOOO

SIMBOLIC
May 9th 2024


6733 Comments


I’m ready for some fuckn JUNZ

StickFeit
May 9th 2024


2272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Calm That Keeps You Awake fucks so hard

artificialbox
May 9th 2024


1733 Comments


Fock yeah nice rev. I got my plate full tonight lol.



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