The Tenebrous Liar – Jackknifed & Slaughtered

Release Date 25/01/2010 
By Chris Gilliver

The first impression Jackknifed and Slaughtered gives you, as heralded by the macabre album title itself, is one of bristling threat. It’s as if The Tenebrous Liar don’t want you to listen to them because they fear you won’t be able to take it. You won’t be able to handle the truths enclosed, and you’ll end up as some quivering, emotionally scarred wreck in a hospital ward. 

Musically it’s fuzzy, messy and unenticing. They serve up their bleak message with feedback, atonal, doom-laden electric guitars, and with a singer wailing like a man who has lost a long, vicious battle with his sanity. 

I have to say, it’s not really my cup of tea, BUT it’s an intriguing listen. There is real quality here…though it’s somewhat lost on me. Promise too, and with each listen the sense of threat become more provocative and inviting. It’s hard to take your eyes off a horrific sight, even if it’s painful to watch.  

They’re reminiscent of an early, punkier Joy Division albeit with Nick Cave at the vocals, and the Melody Maker photographer Steve Gullick who broke grunge on bass. The point being that Joy Division became one of the greatest bands of all time, and the same could be said for The Tenebrous Liar. 

Maybe that’s a little over-optimistic. Steve Gullick will almost certainly always be better remembered for his link to Seattle and grunge than for his work with The Tenebrous Liar. They’re getting on a bit too. With the exception of Nick Cave and The Flaming Lips few bands bloom as they get past their 30s. 

Time will tell of course, but I would urge you to give this a listen. Perseverance is needed and will be rewarded.


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