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Knives Ov Resistance - Prisca Sapientia (2006)



This pan-European group of tape manipulators and guitar explorers have delivered something peculiarly beautiful to Aurora Borealis, an industrial folk album that harks back to the playful, pastoral era of Cosmic Couriers as well as the more recent Jewelled Antler Collective discography. Opener 'Rosicrucian' swells with spiral-picked melodies and thin electronic tides, evoking the serene cosmic folk of Witthuser and Westrupp. Elsewhere, the synth pulses and samples of 'Sovnig' shimmer amid the heat-haze of interlocked guitar mantras, grazing and unhurried. Knives Ov Resistance's gentle methods are more akin to long-lost troubadours such as Tom Rapp than Boards Of Canada; the mournful closing track 'Outremer' roars with operatic vocal cries and radio dispatches, the tendril-guitars diffused and murmuring. A precious and elegant debut. - Rocka-A-Rolla

Knives Ov Reistance are equally as enthralled by the hand of Satan and his mischievous space creatures. 'Prisca Sapientia' (True Wisdom) is the band's debut release and apparently deals with the weighty subject of End Time, you know, just something light hearted to kick off a project with? So while tinkering with Stockhausen influenced electronic decay and free - noise - folk instrumentation, somewhere amongst the abstraction is reference to the Armageddon. It's dark then, we've ascertained that much, but this isn't the dark - for - dummies stuff you'd see on the liner notes of your common-or-garden post rock double album, this is genuinely brain melting stuff punctuated with a sound that is somehow inherently evil. There are without a doubt links to black metal, but this isn't a black metal album, not by sound anyway, rather this deals with similarly haunting subject matter but the band go about it in a totally different way. The press release quote Godspeed You! Black Emperor as a comparison but I don't think that does this record justice, rather than retread old ground this feels as if it's a further step into the realms of the 'acoustic doom' explored by artists such as Wolfmangler and Svarte Greiner. A breathtaking listening experience for the darker moments in life - do you believe in Rapture?

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