The Knife – Full of Fire

Title: Full of Fire

Artist: The Knife

Album: Shaking the Habitual

Year: 2013

Genre: Techno, Experimental, IDM, Dark Wave

“Full of Fire”, the first track to surface from The Knife‘s Shaking the Habitual, is a 9-minute banger that more than lives up to its title. Blessedly, the duo’s stylistic touchstones– the same tricks that countless groups have lifted over the last six years– are present and accounted for, as if they’re picking up exactly where they left off. There’s the fierce, multi-tiered rhythm track, Karin Dreijer’s malevolent, ever-mutating vocal incantations, and the thoroughly frightening approach to dance music that spurred Mark Pytlik to coin the phrase “haunted house” in his review of 2006’s Silent Shout.

Yet, the reclusive Swedish siblings are not simply donning the same old cloaks this time around. The fever-pitch the track establishes and never releases is far more industrial than they’ve ever sounded before. “Questions and the answers can take very long,” growls Dreijer over the fierce, mechanistic backdrop. True enough, but in this case it’s been more than worth the wait. Eric Harvey