Cairo Knife Fight – ll (Liberation)

Cairo Knife Fight occupy the same kind of pop metal space that Queens Of The Stone Age and The Eagles Of Death Metal inhabit. That the Christchurch duo have perfected their own take on riff-heavy, melodic rock is evidenced by the kinds of bands the guys have been hanging out with lately – they’ve opened for The Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures and QOTSA themselves, and have just wrapped up a tour with Head Like A Hole.

Singer/drummer Nick Gaffaney and guitarist Aaron Tokona (formerly of Weta) start as they mean to continue on opening track The Violence of Action, which pairs graceful melodies with heavy riffs. Next track The Origin Of Slaves combines heavy guitars with falsetto vocals, pop riffs and honeyed “oohs” to body-shaking effect. The Opiate Of The Living veers into more droney, atmospheric territory, before The Secrets Of Sin shakes things up again with some fast and dirty guitar.

The four songs on the EP are epic, well-constructed and meaty enough to get your teeth into. Though there is a nihilistic theme running through this EP, the growth from their previous release suggests that this is a band that cares very much about delivering a quality rock experience. If you like your heavy rock served up with some sexy on the side, this is the band for you.

Kathryn van Beek

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