THE KNIFE PARTY SERIES #2
Part 1 of 3
Summary: The beginning of an era. Not much else, though.
You might be wondering what the point of the "Part 1 of 3" at the top of the page is supposed to mean. You might know what it already means. Here's what it is supposed to mean: This is a trilogy of reviews that consist of all three of Knife Party's EPs. They are as follows: 100% No Modern Talking (2011), Rage Valley (2012), and Haunted House (2013).
Now for those who have read my exhausting review, or as I like to call it, an "autopsy", on Knife Party's debut album, Abandon Ship (The review can be found here), I mentioned that it was during the production of these three extended plays (EPs) that something went awry and Knife Party's quality of music downgraded dramatically. The purpose of this trilogy of reviews (Which is a tie-in to Abandon Ship) is to find out where Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen fucked up.
Now that I have the preliminaries out of the way, I am going to mention one last thing before I begin. I am not spoiling the rest of the review by saying that there are any "glimmers of hope" in any of these albums. We all know how that turned out. Anyways, let's begin.
1. Internet Friends (5:01) - OK, to be fair. I can see how the opening monologue can work into this song. I see it as Knife Party's interpretation of how people on the Internet can be at times. You have a certain group of people that you do not know who turn out to be psycho bitches who say they love you then think that you're cheating on them when you talk to another girl and ask for you to fuck them. When it gets to the point that you block them on social media, they start sending you death threats. Perfect social commentary for the Internet. As for the song itself, it proved to be a fan favorite with fans of Knife Party. The drop is actually good for the time, but looking at it over three years later, it looks like a newcomer to dubstep's first ever song. Even with that being said, it is a classic Knife Party song that no one can forget.
2. Destroy Them With Lazers (4:56) - I think we get our first signs of the degrading quality of Knife Party's production here. The song starts with at least 30-35 seconds of laser sound effects that continually get faster and faster until it reaches a set speed and a beat kicks in. Also, the drop in this song is unlike the drop in "Internet Friends". It has an annoying high-pitched sound that prevails throughout the entire drop, and believe me, it gets annoying after it plays over and over in your head a few times. During the bridge of the song, you hear this sound effect that sounds like a slimy substance, which could have been the premonition to the outro to the song "Centipede" off of Rage Valley. After this, we are treated to a nice melody before the drop kicks in and our ears are annoyed again. At least the song's title is true about the song itself. Knife Party is trying to destroy our ears and sanity with laser sound effects that serve no purpose.
3. Tourniquet (5:17) - This song shows an improvement over the previous one, but it's far from perfect. Sure, the melody and bassline of the song is tolerable to an extent, but it feels like the song repeats too much and should have been at least 3 minutes long, but Knife Party has somehow managed to stretch it out to 5 minutes. At least the song is electro house and is a turn in direction from the majority of this EP, which is mainly dubstep. Not really much to see here, but do not expect an amazing track with this one.
4. Fire Hive (4:38) - The final track on this EP has a MAJOR dubstep influence, so much so that it has the ability to work against Rob and Gareth. Also, as a little piece of trivia, the vocal sample in this song is a sample from an unfinished Pendulum song titled "The Program" which could be heard on Pendulum's Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 in 2005 (That same track also gave us some of the vocals for Pendulum's massive hit "Tarantula"). After that vocal sample plays, we get a bass-heavy drop that sounds similar to an early Skrillex drop, which is something that you do not want. The song is good to an extent, but it could have used some work before it got released.
I feel like listening to EPs that are nearly 20 minutes long go on forever. This was one of those cases that went on forever and you felt like knocking yourself out just to get through it. So, there we have it. Knife Party's 100% No Modern Talking EP is an example of "early mainstream dubstep" and was released during the height of dubstep's massive popularity in North America, but when you listen to it 3 years later, all I hear is mediocre garbage mixed in with some great music. Not a good combo. Fucking. Hell.
This is part of the Knife Party Series