It is easy to assume that the soul of Swiss noise aggressors Knut’s sound is tortured and twisted, indeed little else fits the aggression and turbulence of its voice but it is a turmoil which breeds clamorous symphonies and records which devour and corrupt and in their own infernal way, seduce. The moment when the cacophonous siren call of their music truly took the world was the release of debut album, ‘Leftovers’in 1997. It was an aural trespass which challenged and assaulted the senses, rising in the wake of the diversity of noise and extreme metal fuelled bands such as Neurosis, Carcass, Napalm Death, Godflesh, Coroner, Today Is The Day, Helmet, Melvins, and Eisenvater to leave its own indelible mark on the evolution of extreme temptation. Now the increasingly recognised seminal encounter has a long-awaited re-release, remastered by Lad Agabekov from Nostromo and on the much deserved vinyl format for the very first time.
Bastardiser is Knut’s second album, it is also the key album of the band’s career. Initially released in 1998 on Snuff Records the Geneva label, then on vinyl on the German label Chrome Saint Magnus and then re-released in 2000 by Hydrahead in a CD version. This album, which has left its mark on the European post-metal scene, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. It is therefore almost a year late that Head Records reissues this album in vinyl format 180 gram with a reworked cover featuring the artwork of the original CD version, and a remastering by Lad, guitarist of the band Nostromo. More bold and precise this work on the initial recording puts the album in a current context demonstrating that two decades later this tracks has lost none of its bite and effectiveness. Would Bastardiser timeless?