Terraformer (Remastered - 2021)

by Knut

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708 01:30
Wyriwys 04:42
what you reap is what you sowed it¹s not in the nature of things to let it flow rip threefold with this word as law threefold with the world as law open up reverse an open heart can only shine reverse what you reap is what you sowed it¹s not in the nature of things to let it flow we spread our fears forgetting the unseen wires on which we all hang on and we spread we bleed all over and we can¹t wait to infect all those coming next
Kyoto 04:15
here is the law what i say won¹t be repeated ... right up my alley ...share the wealth let it all shine share the wealth give it away let it all out rip it
Torvalds 03:00
rise fade away let it fall
Seattle 01:50
Bollingen 01:53
Solar Flare 07:31
Fallujah 02:08
Genoa 01:41
Davos 02:27
Evian 07:07


Following the vinyl reissue of their classic debut album Leftovers last year, Hummus Records brings back another seminal release from Swiss irreverent noise aggressors Knut, this time their fourth album Terraformer.

Available on vinyl starting today, Terraformer was originally released in 2005 on Hydra Head Records and Conspiracy Records, and saw Knut challenging themselves by blurring the lines of musical genres with a stunning combination of metal, noise and hardcore.

Ironically, the album almost didn't happen as Knut nearly imploded following the release of their third album Challenger, and several tours with Isis, Keelhaul, 5ive’s Continuum Research Project, also sharing stage with Pelican, Mastodon and even Motörhead. All four members decided to take some time off the road and focus on other projects and as result, the four-piece reemerged with a reinvigorated sense of aggression that contrasted nicely with their growing tendency to incorporate some expansive, trance-inducing drones.

The band recaps the story behind the creation of Terraformer: «vocalist-lyricist Didier came up with the title watching a documentary about the prospect of terraforming Mars while visiting our mates of Conspiracy Records, our European label based in Antwerp, Belgium. It sounded really stupid to colonize a distant and inhospitable planet while we were busy destroying our own blue home.» A concept took form, with songtitles Genoa, Fallujah, Seattle, Kyoto, Davos establishing «a psychogeographic mapping of power centres and meeting places and from there a soundtrack to the uprisings and protests against G7», as one reviewer would accurately put it.

«In November 2004, we reconvened in a basement – our friends Nostromo's rehearsal space – with Jerome Pellegrini, to demo a bunch of tracks. Instruments were often traded, a lot of knob-twiddling took place in a giant cloud of smoke, and a future recruit came to lay down a few parts. By the end of the week-end, the demo had become an album. And as the direct-to-disk machine used for the recording unfortunately crashed during backup (irony strikes again), there was no coming back or further mixing possible. Fuck it. At this stage, it was a vibe over perfection.»


released April 16, 2021

All songs by Knut

Drums, guitar, bass, backing vocals – Roderic Mounir
Guitar, bass, electronics – Jeremy Tavernier
Guitar, electronics – Philippe Hess
Vocals, electronics – Didier Severin

Recorded by Jérôme Pellegrini at at Terrier 5, Geneva, 26-28 November 2004
Remastered by Lad Agabekov at Caduceus Studios. 2020

Original Artwork by Aaron Turner, Feral Pig
2021 vinyl layout by Mosquito Studio


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