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


4.0
excellent

Review

by iChuckles USER (32 Reviews)
May 10th, 2024 | 13 replies


Release Date: 05/10/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fitting end for an absolute fucking clown.

It's hardly much of a revelation to find out that Knocked Loose's third full-length offering is stupidly heavy. That in and of itself isn't all that interesting, but it's more in the way how Kentucky's metallic hardcore darlings achieve their apocalyptic levels of brutality that makes You Won't Go... such a quaking listening experience. The pingy trash metal snare, the cacophonous guitar layering that turns every breakdown into a ***ing skyscraper implosion, the absolutely haunting banshee-shriek that Poppy lets out in the tail-end of the reggaeton (yes, it works) beatdown found in highlight "Suffocate" or the fact that Bryan Garris somehow sounds even more riled up than previous releases; this time sharing vocal duties with Isaac Hale and recently added six-stringer Nicko Calderon. Even more impressive is how Knocked Loose has – through carefully crafted imagery and soundscapes – achieved a level of world-building rarely found in the genre, beautifully evident in the Ari Aster inspired music videos and the ominous droning that bookends all of them. Garris and co. are full-on visionaries with world domination on their mind and have successfully continued the horror-sensibilities hinted at with 2021's excellent A Tear in The Fabric of Life EP and last year's masterful Upon Loss singles.

At only 10 tracks and 27 minutes, You Won't Go... is a very brief but pummeling cascade of roaring guitars with the power of a gatling gun behind them and the rhythm section seems hell-bent on decimating one's eardrums with each passing second. In a slightly risky move, Knocked Loose has had a change of leadership behind the console, with Drew Fulk stepping up to the plate to deliver the most sonically eerie collection of songs thus far in the band's discography, in place of long-time producer Will Putney. The change has luckily paid off wholesale, as the band has never sounded more dialed in than this in their decade long career. From the absolute flamethrower opener "Thirst" and the crushing bounciness of "The Calm That Keeps You Awake", the band is firing on all cylinders with few moments of serenity and respite from the all the audible, world-ending chaos. That is, until the band throws in the curveball "Take Me Home"; a densely layered terror interlude with all the quirks of a Slasher-film motif, stringing the listener along for one Knocked Loose's most adventurous detours to date; so much so that I wish that I lasted far longer than it does.

Luckily, closer "Sit & Mourn" sees the band taking a daring leap of faith, introducing more somber, clean guitar melodies that's only been briefly hinted at in the past; here fully explored in a post-metal-esque swan song that successfully drives the record's overall themes of loss, religion, grief and hatred home in a sweeping five-minute epic worthy of being hailed as one the best tracks in the band's career. Although they can (clearly) pull off writing two-and-a-half minute heaters packed with bludgeoning chugs and monstrous drum patterns, it's the changes of pace carefully sprinkled throughout You Won't Go... that make it an immediately more memorable and powerful listen than A Different Shade of Blue and Laugh Tracks. I'd personally love to see the band broadening their palette moving forward but for now, You Won't Go... is an excellent stepping-stone in Knocked Loose's seemingly unstoppable crusade into the mainstream. Long may the arf reign.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
AnimalForce1
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2024


863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great rev, pos'd! Small grammatical nitpick, but "in it of itself" should be "in and of itself". Otherwise, great job!

iChuckles
May 10th 2024


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, good catch! Fixed.

JayEnder
May 12th 2024


20012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pos for my man Chuck! Sorry your review got buried homie, great read.

iChuckles
May 12th 2024


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aye love you Jay! All good staff review was better anyway lol.



twlight
May 12th 2024


8853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is good

Hawks
May 12th 2024


88483 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is gonna get 897 reviews yeah.

twlight
May 12th 2024


8853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don’t reach for me is so fuckin good

onionbubs
May 12th 2024


21109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea im glad i skipped the singles bc dont reach for me blew me away first jam

twlight
May 12th 2024


8853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That song jams. I think they did a decent job with the singles in this. Listening now.

twlight
May 12th 2024


8853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Slaughterhouse is groovy

iChuckles
May 12th 2024


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My favorite part of Slaughterhouse is still the DI-guitar air chugging with the metronome bleed into the breakdown. Drew's a genius for that one.

twlight
May 12th 2024


8853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool we live in a world where this album exists.

Hawks
May 12th 2024


88483 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Slaughterhouse is top 3 here for me tbh.



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