Well shit, PDX's 21st century Kings of Punk have graced us with yet another slab of the hardcore punk perfection that they've been crafting for quite some time now! The world we live in has changed considerably since 2017's "Sewers of Babylon" EP and that is reflected in these two songs that serve as a precursor to the band's forthcoming and long awaited full length. While keeping to the tried and true hardcore punk formula that has served as a sonic vessel for numerous trips around the circuit there are some far more rocking elements in the mix this go around which is just a taste of what is to come. Each record comes in a full color glue pocket sleeve featuring a rather arousing back cover.
Our take: Portland’s Long Knife return with this new two-song single, their first new material since 2017’s Sewers of Babylon EP on Beach Impediment. If you’ve heard Long Knife, you already know they bear an uncanny resemblance to Feel the Darkness-era Poison Idea with their driving, mid-paced style, rocked-out lead guitar, and (most importantly) vocalist who is a dead ringer for Jerry A. If you loved their previous records, I doubt you’ll be disappointed in Night of the Hunter, though there are a few new wrinkles. The a-side has some vocal parts that are almost crooned (!!!), while “Rough Liver” is overflowing with riffs that squeeze hints of rockabilly and neo-classical metal into the band’s well-honed style. There probably won’t ever be a piece of writing about Long Knife that doesn’t mention Poison Idea, but rather than just sounding like PI, they’ve taken to heart that band’s way of pushing at the boundaries of their sound without losing sight of what made them great