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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

BLACK KNIGHT SATELLITE

GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Noise
Related artistsRaccoon Eyes, DBLSTANDRDS, Gun Control, Senpai Suicide Club, Winnower, Lo Tek Dolphin Hackers Of The Newark Underground, White Nothings, Black Tortoise, Neon Annex, Ex-Maoist and Dog Thermos.
CountryVancouver, British Columbia CANADA
Years Active2015-present
Song: "Nü Jersey"
Album: "3-Way split"
Year: 2016
For fans ofTerrifying Girls High School, René Descartes, Innards, Mara'akateRacebannon, Tunes For Bears To Dance To, Deers!, The Blood Brothers, Single Mothers, I Hate Sex, Crippled Children, Daughters, Kelut, The Encyclopedia Of American Traitors and Flowers Taped To Pens aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Emocat Records / Never Better Records / damnfinetapes!
This post's artist is from the December 2016 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the December 2016 Mix#12 right here or get the new January 2017 Mix#1 here.

BLACK KNIGHT SATELLITE are a newer Canadian screamo band with ties to many other projects and two labels. They play jarring, rabid, untamed, sassy and screamy hardcore that seems to have a schizophrenic mind of its own.

The band's first release was 2015's 'Scene 14' which is seven raw, spastic and acidic tracks that have some really cool parts but as a whole lacks cohesion. These slight qualms I have were amended on future recordings, in my opinion. Upon writing this review I realized that this EP has been taken down from the BLACK KNIGHT SATELLITE page so I've uploaded for download here. Opener "not bad for a human" is a discordant and screamy romp through lo-fi recordings beamed back in time from the future. The closest comparison I can think of is The Locust meets Innards. "hedonistic imperative" isn't far from experimental east-Asia meets screamo. "the bloodless world of vegetables" is super chill and gives off a hazy, drug-induced trip aura that, although different, doesn't do a whole lot for me. "sarchosuchus! (took my hand)" is like a mixture of The Blood Brothers and Single Mothers and closer "if you're here to dance...pt.1-3" is a jangly, loose and dizzying amalgamation of short tracks that reminds me a little of Clancy Six spliced with Drive Like Jehu and Dinosaur Jr.

2016 was the coming out year for BLACK KNIGHT SATELLITE, says I. It wasn't until the premiere of their '3-way split' tape with I Hate Sex and Algae Bloom that I decided to review them on this blog. With only two songs, this release is (surprisingly) the ultimate BLACK KNIGHT SATELLITE release. Why? Oh, okay. "Unrequited Love! The North Pole Aurora" is an epic banger that touches on a ton of different genres and shows the evolution and experimental risk-taking that is making the members much more confident, and in turn they write much better music. The intro builds for almost a minute with a repeating, echoing riff that meets up with some intense screaming post-one minute from more than one person. By 1:33 the song hits on all cylinders and is reminiscent of mid-2000 greats Tunes For Bears To Dance To. On the other hand we also have "Nü Jersey" which is crazy, short, rabid and chaotic burst with a catchy as fuck riff that screams Mara'akate. The new BLACK KNIGHT 'split with Cyclamen' was sent to me via Emocat Records and is a very solid release. "Space Graveyard Deathshadow" showcases more awkward/jarring guitars and rhythms and is like a revision and extension of "Nü Jersey", while "Crust Issues" is a venomous spit in the listener's face and "Saturday Crush" closes the EP with a bouncy yet spacey trip through lose-your-mind screamsville.

It is also worth nothing that Ill Goth, Kitty On Fire Records, Emocat Records are all run by members of BLACK KNIGHT SATELLITE, which helps show the passion and commitment that they have for music and people who make it. Keep it up, y'all. Here is a short blurb from Miggy about the latter two labels:

"The companies share similar business models in that we do everything DIY and independent while sharing as much profit with our artists as possible. All albums and tracks are free to download and we make tapes and CDs to order and ship them internationally."

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DISCOGRAPHY

2015 - Scene 14 digitalEP (download here)

2016 - 3-Way split cassetteEP (w/I Hate Sex and Algae Bloom) (stream/donate/download here)
2016 - Cyclamen split cassetteEP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2016) BLACK KNIGHT SATELLITE - "Space Graveyard Deathshadow" (from 'Cyclamen' split)

(2016) BLACK KNIGHT SATELLITE - "Nü Jersey" (from '3-Way' split)

(2016) BLACK KNIGHT SATELLITE - "Unrequited Love! The North Pole Aurora" (from '3-Way' split)

(2015) BLACK KNIGHT SATELLITE - "not bad for a human" (from 'Scene 14')

(2015) BLACK KNIGHT SATELLITE - "sarchosuchus! (took my hand)" (from 'Scene 14')

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BLACK KNIGHT SATELLITE out of print mp3 discography download / additional links

'Scene 14' mp3 album (download here)

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