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Knut – Leftovers col.LP (Hummus)
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originally released in 1997 and FOR THE FIRST TIME ON VINYL REMASTERED + NEW ARTWORK
comes in a 300g cover sleeve printed on the reverse (rough) side of the board w/ fully printed inner sleeve
The LP comes in several variants:
- Trans Red Marble (lim. to 50)
- Gold Marble (lim. to 50)
- Ultra Clear (lim. to 100) THIS PRESSING
- Grey (lim. to 100)
- Black (lim. to 200)
My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.” Fernando Pessoa, ‘The Book of Disquiet’.
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’. 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 through the equally inimitable Hummus Records.
Geneva in early 1994 saw the coming together of four men with a rich diversity of musical backgrounds. Even so they were united in a love of sonic clamour and in league the foursome of vocalist Didier Severin, guitarist Philippe Hess, drummer Roderic Mounir and bassist Thierry van Osselt (who would leave and be replaced by Jeremy Tavernier by the time of the band’s third album) entangled and forged the most compelling essences of metal, hardcore, and raw noise aggression for an invasive proposition which was ravenously intense, physically unrefined and inescapably gripping. Several 7” releases were uncaged as the band took the D.I.Y route before forming their own label, Snuff Records, to release the attention bruising ‘Leftovers’ in 1997 to be followed a year later by its acclaimed successor ‘Bastardiser’.
Subsequent years have seen Knut release a trio of albums through prestigious Boston label HYDRA HEAD (Cave In, Botch, Coalesce, Keelhaul, Drowningman), and tour the world alone and alongside a host of renowned peers, their reputation and sound only increasing in acclaimed clamour yet ‘Leftovers’ still grips a momentous place in the band’s history and that of feral creativity. Self-produced and mixed by David Weber, the seven track invasion preys on weaknesses within the psyche; vehemence soaking the violence of its sonic howl as untamed menace and irritation hones the tempest of its metal bred corrosion. Primal grooves tunnel through the body like carnal vines as rhythms simultaneously abuse and invigorate while rapacious downtuned riffs gnaw ravenously at the senses and united they casts a Tartarean beauty which cannot be escaped.
Undoubtedly Knut have proceeded to unleash encounters and tracks which have strikingly twisted and persistently re-ignited the landscape of noise but there is an indefinable essence about ‘Leftovers’ which has maybe been built upon and evolved but never quite emulated again. Like the band’s fans Hummus Records recognise that irresistible quality and open the door on the cage of the innovative beast to once more let it loose on the world.