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Jacknife – Moment of Reckoning

Label: Zero Sum Recordings
Format: CD
Released: 2005
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Jacknife follow along the same lines with the many bands to be heard on the Ozzfest second stage (Hot Topic Rock as I call it) and they describe themselves as Texas style brutality. This characterized by a sound that is abrasive with angry guitars that reflect that hostility found in the lyrical content. Jacknife are similar to the likes of Killswitch Engage, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Lamb of God to name a few. I even hear some of the sound newer Slayer has developed into in Jacknife’s guitars. All have similarities in that vocals are always screamed and not sung, guitar riff are heavy and forceful, drum beats are fast but contain variety and groove, and the overall approach to the songs is an expression of anger.


As what it is called "metalcore", rock that combines elements of hardcore and metal, a good example is in the track ‘A Glimpse of Hell’. Actually all tracks can be cited as all have the same type of delivery and arrangement.

Jacknife, as they offer nothing really different than like bands do, musically they include a good amount of guitar melodies into their aggressive music. There is direction to their cause and the music while hard, has a few melodic moments.

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