Radiant Knife: With shining prog riffage meets sludge that cuts deep…..

Radiant Knife The Body On/The Ghost

Radiant Knife is a two piece experimental jams from Greg Travasos and Stephen Sheppert (Ex Icepick Revival, Object at the end of History, Lay to Waste, Collapsar, Raedon Kong). The band offers shining prog riffage meets sludge that cuts deep.

Born of the Lafayette, Louisiana heavy music scene, experimental duo Radiant Knife has been laying down their unique brand of riffage since 2016.  With Greg Travasos on drums/percussion and Stephen Sheppert on guitar, vocals, and synth, the band creates a monstrous sonic landscape influenced by Mahavishnu Orchestra, Yes, Zeni Geva, Dazzling Killmen, Keelhaul, Loincloth, Today Is The Day, and King Crimson.  Radiant Knife have released two separate albums The Body On August 28th, and The Ghost on October 9th. Obviously hard-working musicians! The track True Believers,

Travasos and Sheppert began making music together four years ago, after meeting by playing shows with past bands.  Sheppert played in Raedon Kong and Collapsar, while Travasos was a member of The Object At The End Of History as well as the touring drummer for international act Brother Dege.  Sheppert says of their artistic compatibility, «We both like doing something different and experimental so it just felt natural.  Once we began jamming together we never looked back».

And indeed, it’s been a fruitful collaboration.  The duo released their debut s/t album in 2017 and quickly followed it with Science Fiction in 2018; both albums were met with accolades from Metal Injection, Invisible Oranges, and more.  Liam Savage of Echoes And Dust said of Science Fiction, «I can’t get these songs out of my head after repeated listens.  […]  I have a distinct feeling that this will be on many people’s year-end lists. It’s that good. It’s not overblown and fancy, and it sticks in your head. What an excellent album from start to finish». The track Give Up The Ghost,

Now this band’s future is looking, ahem, radiant. Sheppert explains how Radiant Knife’s writing process led them to release two albums in such a short time span:

«We typically have songs that can be lumped in two broad groups: one group being tech/riff-driven, heavy compositions and the other group being looser and more focused on letting the music breathe.  In this go-around we just ended up with enough material to fulfill two releases. Lyrically speaking, The Ghost deals with a lot of spiritual themes (death of the physical body, afterlife beliefs, etc.) so the title seemed to fit pretty well.  In contrast, The Body was a fitting title for the tech/heavy album.  Although different, they are very much connected and I believe should be listened to one after the other to get the full picture of what Radiant Knife is about».


About Ulf Backstrøm (7226 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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