Knocked Loose - A Tear in the Fabric of Life

Band: Knocked Loose

EP: A Tear in the Fabric of Life

Genre: Hardcore?

Label: Pure Noise

Location: Oldham County, Kentucky

FFO: Jesus Piece, Year of the Knife, Varials

Knocked Loose is now added to the list of bands that got busy this past year, and dropped a surprise EP on us. They really only gave us a week heads up but no hint of what it was. Now we know this is a concept EP titled A Tear in the Fabric of Life. A mix of fiction and personal tales of emotion to tell a story about someone who lost a loved one in a car accident that they caused. Dealing with the grief and pain of that situation moving forward. This music was accompanied with an animated short film that is amazing to watch, but this review will be focusing on the music itself. And of course, Will Putney once again makes this whole thing truly come to life.

This is the part where I get more disorganized with my thoughts because I feel like I have to just list off everything great about this release. Everything is thicker. The bass is so low and spreads over everything like a blanket. But the guitars, just as heavy, come cutting through with these riffs that are so sporadic yet very well put together. I can't tell if it's way more "riffy" than previous work or if the riffs being used are just more calculated and diverse within the music when it comes to the meaning they hold. Maybe a bit of both. The drums do what they need to. They certainly aren't bad obviously, I just interpret them on this as more of a reinforcer for everything else rather than a stand out. It's the guitar and vocals that really take center stage for me. However there are a lot of fills and rapid pattern changes in the drum work that is super killer.

Bryan always sounds better to me with each release. So naturally his vocals here absolutely crush. Not to mention his writing is also very well done here. That too grows with time and these songs definitely have some of my favorite verses from him. I also got to say the feature from Matt was probably the best choice for this. His voice fit in perfectly with the tone of that song and the overall project.

The atmosphere is unlike anything KL has ever done, ever. The overall sound in general is unlike anything they've done. With a very creepy vibe to it too. I've never heard what is considered a hardcore band go this far with their background sounds. That includes the backup vocals too. There's so many layers used in such a way that I'm not used to hearing from them or anyone else in this scene. I'm sure there's some comparison you could make, but not like this. Very captivating. This isn't just heavy for the sake of being heavy. It actually pulls you into the story and reality it builds with the music. On top of being the heaviest thing they've done. There are hardly any repeating moments. There's no way you could get bored or watch the clock listening to this. I know they pushed themselves more with their last record but this is overtime. Everything is so dynamic in each song. And when you put them together, they become cohesive. It's a perfect combination to make this 21 minutes feel very fulfilling, but pace through in great timing.

I think the shorter format was a great idea for A Tear in the Fabric of Life. If this is the amount of quality and effort they are willing to put into an EP, I can’t imagine what their next full length will be like down the road when they’ve grown even more. I have nothing but confidence in what that holds.

Rating: 10/10

Strongest Song: God Knows, Forced To Stay


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