The Tower

by The Knutz

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The Tower 05:01
The Tower Lightning from heaven hits the walls Everything is breaking Crushing us down Fake structures withstand no more Nothing is safe as we thought The Tower is falling down Higher the building greater the fall Comes the change for us all The ground shakes so much There's nowhere to hold now We're all doomed to the fatality walls The Tower is falling down The Knutz: Daniel Abud - vocals / guitars / synths Airton S. - drums / synth pads Tiago Abud - bass
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The Fool 03:32
My memories Come all of a sudden To disturb my mind On the fragile moments I´m Feeling weak today Things are going wrong It reminds the days When I was starting my journey Made from the stone we are to the light we go They are making me show The dark side of me And I found how fool I could be Like a mad man Nobody knows what is wrong But they laugh and laugh upon If I cross the line I´ll be sure to die They are making me show my dark side By the moonlight I stayed Staring at just how They were dancing and having fun By putting me down There was nothing I could do Only watched that scary face Taking my dreams way Just regrets to stay
3.
The mockery bird from far away Comes to town once in a day Bringing all that´s ugly Taking your dreams Burying your lucky Like crooked angels Whispering the ode Sarcastically veiled at the wrong side above Ashes to ashes dust to dusk You got trapped by the mockery birds Don´t hear the caw don´t listen to the melody You got trapped in the mockery ballad The mockery ballad The mockery ballad You got trapped by the mockery ballad The black bird of agony The personification of irony Flying with dusk wings Trapping you up in superstition Like crooked angels Whispering again The mockery ballad Only shadows remains They come from above, from everywhere Cursing your soul omen your path Don´t hear the caw don´t listen to the melody You got trapped by the mockery ballad The mockery ballad The mockery ballad You got trapped by the mockery ballad Like crooked angels Whispering again The mockery ballad Only shadows remains
4.
It Hurts 03:55
The voice of reason Says I´m not free There´s no freedom For you and me The voice of reason Calls me freak To fit me in society To deconstruct me And it hurts And it hurts so much The voice of reason Says to follow the rules To have a religion To live like fools And it hurts And it hurts so much Life is short try to live too much Listen to the voices is not enough Sooner or later you gonna feel the pain Cause life hurts you and gonna hurt you again And again
5.
Do Not Judge 03:10
See the heart don´t see the face See the fill don´t see the shape Ignore what they say Don´t judge to be judged See the heart don´t see the face See the ugly and disgrace Fight the evil and fight the horror Do not be a moron Now that you stop this agony You can come talk to me Stay strong, stay tall See the heart don´t see the face
6.
Hex 03:15
I never again want to see your face Even painted gold or on a silver plate The good coexistence shall exist no more It´s better be apart like we were before Hex, hypno trap Hex, you stabbed my back Hex, get out of my head Hex, never come back I will bless my soul to protect my faith From the terrible hex that contaminates Get out of my head, away from this wreck Take your hypno trap and never come back Your spell will never reach me The curse is deeply weak You´ll never see me bleeding I´ll not fall on your tricks Poisonous fangs try to bite me Even if you try to waste me I´m crawling away from those aches I will shake like the snakes
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The Cave 04:45
Here below I can hear the sounds The voice of my memory echoing around Spinning through the pillars Reflecting on the rocks Coming back to me Like simple thoughts I am sitting in the dark Staring at nothing Caged by the shadows I become rotten My emotions go to another stage Escape from this cave The cave frozen my heart It locks me inside I am losing my mind And all the control The delayed tears falling from my eyes The repeated sound splitters on the ground The noise of the beats reverbs so far My heart is so cold it´s putting me down The cave frozen my heart I am getting so old I am sick and tired I can´t run from the dark
8.
Finger shadows Like spider legs A harry shade comes to get At the midnight crawling Very long and thin The touches of sin Passing over me Evil greed Grabbing everything To remember the lost Leaves the finger prints Such ambitious being It´s not coming to shake The hand that takes Takes my life Takes my dreams Takes my food Takes everything Takes my light It doesn´t come to shake The hand that takes
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The night is more alive than the day Tonight it’s so quite The shadows are reflections of the dark It’s time to shine bright The night has more colors than the day We´re so live we are the lights Let’s do our nocturnal flight Open your wings and cross the sky Black out, black eyes Open your mind to see the sight We gonna thank the moon We gonna shake the bloom We gonna change the world Without you The night has more color than the day We´re so live we are the lights Let’s do our nocturnal flight Open your wings and cross the sky Black out, black eyes Open your mind to see the sight We gonna thank the moon We gonna shake the bloom We gonna be the stars Without you
10.
She came over me at the night before I was terribly frightened by the time i saw She was wearing a dark dress with a big round hood Carrying a coffin case made with black wood She is cold as a corpse, but a beautiful grace The woman with the coffin case On time she waits to seal the grave The woman with the coffin case Comes over me, comes to disgrace The woman with the coffin case She gets what she wants, has what she takes The woman with the coffin case She started to walk around trying to analyse Measuring my body to check the size I hear her voice for the first time She told me: - It fits like a glove She is cold as a corpse, but a beautiful grace The woman with the coffin case On time she waits to seal the grave Comes over me, comes to disgrace The woman with the coffin case She gets what she wants, has what she takes The woman with the coffin case I said enter and put the coffin on the floor -Lay down my old friend you gonna rise no more At the end I kissed his head with farewell lips Said not to be scared, to have a wonderful trip
11.
Feelings comes and go Reason is here to stay I cannot live my life Without feeling the pain I just don´t want to believe I just don´t want my eyes to see What lies behind the walls What lies behind your soul Don´t matter what we´ve done In the end we´re about to fall Please tell me that I am wrong Let´s try to live today I will try very hard To wipe the tears away Lightning from heaven hits the walls Everything is breaking Crushing us down Fake structures withstand no more Nothing is safe as we thought Higher the building greater the fall Comes the change for us all The ground shakes so much There´s nowhere to hold now We´re all doomed to the fatality walls

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"Like crooked angels
Whispering again
The mockery ballad
Only shadows remains "-" The Mockery Ballad ", The Knutz

Twisted angels whispering once more amidst the shadows: this is a good metaphor for the eternal return of post-punk, which rose from the self-destructive ashes of original punk and lifted much bolder flights than its predecessor. This army of crooked angels - the gothic, the synthpop, the cold wave - takes off again in the shadows that dominate The Tower, The Knutz's third studio album. In reworking with conviction the most characteristic elements of post-punk aesthetics in 11 songs sung in English, the trio (based in Niterói, RJ) surpasses the geographical and temporal limitations. It may have been recorded in 2018 in Brazil, but it is fittingly aligned with the sounds that served as reference to the band, released in Europe and the US 30, 35 years ago.

Daniel Abud (guitar, keyboards and voice), Tiago Abud (bass) and Airton Silva (drums) are not newcomers. Since 2004, they have pursued a sound that is reportedly influenced by names such as The Cure, Bauhaus and David Bowie. The loyalty to these icons has always guided The Knutz's music, despite changes in training and wandering around Europe (excursions in England in 2010 and Germany in 2016). Confirming the universality of post-punk language, they were noted by international critics with their first two albums, Ghost Dance Party (2010) and We Are the Monsters (2015). The Tower, produced by Bruno Marcus (Tomba Orquestra, Gilber T), is the natural continuation of a trajectory that only seems fixed in the past - but that actually transcends the clichés that could be expected from a work with such a definite personality. As Daniel sings in "Thank the Moon": "The night has more colors than the day". There are unexpected and original colors on The Knutz's dark night.

The title is a reference to the concept that ties the songs of the disc, derived from the tarot: the tower is the greater arcane, and the letters narrate its imminent fall, the drastic changes brought by the collapse and the beginning of the reconstruction of the tower, doomed to collapse once again. For the band, it is a metaphor for the state of voluntary blindness in which mankind lies, embedded in a seemingly indestructible tower. Everything comes down shortly at the opening, with the title track ("Fake structures withstand no more / Nothing is safe as we thought"). The distressing narrative drawn by the lyrics goes through the alienation ("Nobody knows what is wrong / But they laugh and laugh upon", in "The Fool"), the feeling of misfit in society / To deconstruct me, "in" It Hurts ") and terminal loneliness (" The cave frozen my heart "in" The Cave "). Finally, in "About to Fall", we confront the inevitability of another fall ("Don't matter what we've done / In the end we're about to fail") ... and the resumption of the morbid cycle.

"The Tower" is the darkest moment of the album, which continues alternating climates and timbres without deviating from the fundamental elements of post-punk. Striking bass lines lead "The Fool," "The Mockery Ballad," "Do Not Judge" that counts with the DJ, singer and burlesque performer Ludmila Houben, and "Hex," complemented by sparse and atmospheric synthesizers. Already in "It Hurts", "Thank the Moon" and "About to Fall" guitars take center stage. "The Hand that Takes" evokes a surprising flavor of dub reggae, another ingredient typical of the post-punk salad. And with "The Woman with the Coffin Case," they contrast the more gothic of the lyrics ("She is cold as a corpse, but a beautiful grace") with a shameless beat of soar dancing and the crucial participation of the vocalist Luciana Lazulli, who still scores on three other tracks on the album.

The Tower, the album, can be regarded as a reverent and careful review of the original post-punk lessons. You can also position The Knutz in the pantheon of recent bands that are also inspired by the giants of the past - She Wants Revenge, Interpol, The Editors. Or it can be seen only for what it really is: a work that will take the trio to flights ever higher, on the wings of crooked angels, always in the midst of the shadows

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released May 13, 2018

“O orgulho vem antes da destruição; o espírito altivo, antes da queda.” SALOMÃO


The Knutz are: Daniel Abud - vocals / guitars / synthesizer . Airton S. – drums / synth drum pads . Tiago Abud – bass / backing vocals

All songs and lyrics by The Knutz 2018

Recorded and mixed at Tomba Records by Bruno Marcus. Mastered by Pedro Garcia. Vocal direction by Luciana Lazulli. Album art by Daniel Abud and Marcelo Kpta. The Tower Tarot card art by Go Lopes.

Special Thanks to: Ludmila Houben – ‘Do Not Judge’ backing vocals, ‘Thank the Moon’ lyrics composition. Luciana Lazulli – ‘The Tower’, ‘The Woman with the Coffin Case’, ‘Hex’, ‘The Fool’ backing vocals . João Pinaud – ‘The Mockery Ballad’, ‘The Fool’ – synthesizers. And all those who believed, supported, inspired and contributed to the album realization.

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The Knutz Niterói, Brazil

The Knutz is one of the main Brazilian names in the dark scene of the country, well-known by the energetic live performances and a distinguished music. The group roots come from punk and goth rock, but they don’t simply keep limited on a small range of genres or ways of thinking. They can please rock ears from anywhere with unique BatCaveabilly rocking sounds, wild synths and attitude. ... more

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