FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental.
Knelt Rote isn’t much for subtlety.
Overall, on Trespass and again here on Alterity, Knelt Rote’s primary characteristic is a palpable aggression — while these riffs are often fairly (ahem) rote, they’re mired in a mix that leaves them with thick, rounded edges, tangled within the endless blastbeats and Gordon Ashworth’s rumbling gutturals, the whole of it a rolling behemoth of blackened grinding death. Occasional flashes of clanging dissonance rise up on “Rumination,” or on “Othering,” but overall, most of Alterity is tremolo riffs with the odd squeal or icy arpeggios, its pendulum swinging between the brutal and the black with the singular focused rawness of war metal. There’s no room for deviation, very (very) little use of dynamic shifts in either emotion or musical approach, although both opening “Lachesis” and later track “Salience” do open up the proceedings enough to sport some of Alterity’s rare stand out moments. Mostly, amidst the roiling chaos, there is only relentless pounding rage.
If your problem with grindcore is that it isn’t misanthropic enough, or your problem with black metal is that it isn’t angry enough, then here’s the pitch-black mausoleum buried beneath the middle ground.