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


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shamus248 CONTRIBUTOR (120 Reviews)
June 9th, 2024 | 41 replies


Release Date: 05/10/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Louisville Sluggers bring out their whoopin' sticks on this one

Sometimes, I have a hard time pushing myself to listen to an album. I definitely chalk it up to my age; I was born in 1997, so I can hardly recall a time when listening to an album meant you had to spend $15 on a CD without knowing if you'd like it or not. Suffice to say, the digital age affords us some luxuries; we can consume media in short bursts, and we don't need to break the bank to see what awaits. So, when I saw that hardcore punk titans Knocked Loose dropped their third studio album You Won't Go Before You're Supposed To, I didn't jump at it and I don't know why. I'd seen some glowing reviews on release, but when Spotify included a track from the album on their 'best of 2024 so far' list, I knew the strong word of mouth was too much to ignore. Finally, I sat down, cranked up the volume, and braced for impact.

The Louisville natives accordingly brought out their Sluggers on this one. You Won't Go... is a visceral, dizzying and unabashed half-hour romp. Every chord hits like a sledgehammer, with no chance to really grasp for air or recalibrate. It's despondent, cynical and jaded. While it's bit truncated at just twenty-seven-and-a-half minutes, the band rips and roars with every last moment that's available. From the opening moments of "Thirst", the whole enterprise immediately flies off the rails. Bryan Garris' vocals can be a bit bratty at times, and they're not everyone's cup of tea, but I like what he brings here. You can sense the turmoil and desperation in his delivery. "I can't hide from the truth," he emphatically proclaims on "Piece by Piece."

While each song here is pretty thematically tethered to one another, there aren't many memorable moments to single out, save for the cool guest features. "Suffocate," one of the best tracks here, features art pop singer Poppy, and her unclean vocals are better than I think I was expecting them to be. She conjures quaint reminders of Spiritbox's Courtney LaPlante, and does her part to elevate the intensity of this cut. "Slaughterhouse 2," meanwhile, serves up a cameo from Motionless in White's Chris Cerulli, and acts as a sequel to that band's 2022 song of the same name. The addition of Chris is another welcome surprise; it's nice to see him tackle a composition that's a bit different than the usual brand of industrial and gothic metalcore than Motionless is known for. Issac Hale's catchy riffs add some cool variety to this one as well.

"Don't Reach For Me", one of the longer cuts, is another assault on the senses, but it also boasts a subtle zeal and zest in the songwriting. "I dream of a cleansing wave," Garris pleads, as if he seeks some kind of rebirth, spiritual or otherwise. The brief noodling on "Moss Covers All" leads into the main hook of the raucous "Take Me Home." Building up to arguably the filthiest breakdown on the entire album, Bryan is at his most bitter; "I thought I could run. I'm not as strong as I thought I was," he laments. Elsewhere, closer "Sit & Mourn" is the sole elongated moment here. Gliding in on eerie ambiance before diving into a flurry of chunky riffs and Pacsun's frenetic drumming, Bryan approaches the topic of suicide. While it's no doubt in step with the rest of the album's sense of despair, there's actually a glimmer of sunlight that manages to creep through:

I will break your fall
I will shield you from disdain
I will get us both home
I will do whatever it takes


As the track continues, Bryan continues to promise the unnamed companion in the lyrics that he will help to support and guide them; "I will carry you through fire. Loss we share means swallowing pain," he muses. Though he's still fatigued emotionally himself, he's not detached. It seems that he still knows we always have a choice to keep pressing on at the end of the day, and he extends that same respite of hope to the listener. There isn't much of this positivity to go around, but it's a great way to end a great album.

You Won't Go... is not a game changer. Knocked Loose are not reinventing the wheel with this one. What they are doing though, in the face of hype, pressure and mainstream attention, is bucking and defying trends to craft a palpable and high-octane experience. It's a brilliant kind of chaos that these guys are so God damn good at. It takes a lot of balls, too, to stare down expectations and flip everyone the bird. Even if it had no place to squeeze itself into within the mainstream, it still wouldn't be an inaccessible album by any means. It's vulnerable, it's human, and it's concrete. Knocked Loose live up to their name; you'll be dazed and disoriented in the best way when this awesome beast of a thing is done. Thanks for the killer jams, boys.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Shamus248
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2024


901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules

Mort.
June 9th 2024


25559 Comments


i beg you to google semi colons and learn how they work

Mort.
June 9th 2024


25559 Comments


wait have i gone insane? this review is fine im just reading things wrong?

Mort.
June 9th 2024


25559 Comments


i think i had in my head an overly anal very specific usage of the semi-colon that ive somehow mistakenly concluded is the only correct usage (same idea expressed across two clauses but differently worded as opposed to two clauses expressing similar ideas without a connecting word)

Snake.
June 9th 2024


25285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i want to mort.

Mort.
June 9th 2024


25559 Comments


so do i but my parents would get sad and i have vague sense that life could get better

Shamus248
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2024


901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I want to mort."



Mort is not a verb.

Mort.
June 9th 2024


25559 Comments


except it is

mort = to die

for example,

when i read shamus' reviews, i want to mort.

Shamus248
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2024


901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no one forced ya to read em, babes

Shamus248
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2024


901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mort

/môrt/

nounARCHAIC•HUNTING

noun: mort; plural noun: morts

the note sounded on a horn when the quarry is killed.



Snake: I want to the note sounded on a horn when the quarry is killed



Yes it's derived from the Latin meaning "death" but no normal person uses 'mort' over 'die' in a sentence



Then again, you dullards couldn't be normal if your families had pew pews to their heads

Mort.
June 9th 2024


25559 Comments


yooooo this guy doesnt understand how language works

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2024


10267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fwiw the semi colon in your first sentence could just be a bullet point. The second semi colon you use is more appropriate.



Then again idfk how semi colons work lol I’m still not convinced I use them correctly

Demon of the Fall
June 9th 2024


34291 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

god do I want to mort (before I’m supposed to) reading the above exchange

Demon of the Fall
June 9th 2024


34291 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

also the semi colon is relevant, due to the fact you have already been

If you hadn’t been before you were supposed to, I’d recommend a full colon

Shamus248
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2024


901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When my grandma morted this past December, I made sure all my relevant family and friends knew "My grandma morted"



that was definitely the word i used

Mort.
June 9th 2024


25559 Comments


oh shit i didnt realise there was only one word for everything oh god i didnt know

oh god i just thought you could have fun with language by using words in unusual ways where there meaning is still clear but apparently no shamus is the language understander even though he can barely use semi colons appropriately and is the worst reviewer on the site oh god

actual etymology user above me, imagine being that much of a dunce

Shamus248
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2024


901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I could be wrong, but I think Mort. doesn't like me

Snake.
June 9th 2024


25285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don’t blame him

Mort.
June 9th 2024


25559 Comments


shamus when the first person said 'dont snake me' meaning dont betray me

'huh actually snake is not a verb its a noun, so youre saying 'dont long limbless reptile which has no eyelids, a short tail, and jaws that are capable of considerable extension me'

Shamus248
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2024


901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i love you guys tho ;-;



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