"Moment of Reckoning" (Zero Sum; 2005)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Jacknife have already previously released two EPs so the band isn't entirely unfamiliar with a recording studio. And, no doubt, the recording/touring cycle that comes along with it. A quick spin of "Moment Of Reckoning" displays a confidence rarely heard in the modern metal scene. Jacknife are self-described purveyors of "Texas styled brutality" and you won't get many arguments from music aficionados on that count.

The music on "Moment Of Reckoning" is certainly good enough the songs have an expert blend of classic metal riffing along with the kinds of modern metalcore. The band promises hard and heavy music with a brutal edge and you'll get it on this disc. Unfortunately, the vocals are a bit one-dimensional imagine something along the lines of Darkest Hour's John Henry and you'd have a pretty good idea of what the vocals are about.

"Moment Of Reckoning" fits in nicely with the majority of heavy music these days. While I am tiring of the particular sound that Jacknife is playing I can see how Jacknife can become a more recognized name in places outside of Texas. "Moment Of Reckoning" showcases a band that is heavy, self-assured, and poised to make a name for themselves with the right kind of touring and promotion. In fact, if you are a fan of the ever-present metalcore genre then Jacknife would fit nicely in your CD collection.

"Moment Of Reckoning" was produced by Jacknife.

Jacknife: Joe Ortiz on vocals, Mike Warren and Steve Pruett on guitar, Joseph Fontenot on bass, and Tommy Crooks on drums.

For more information visit http://www.jacknife.net.

"Moment of Reckoning" (Zero Sum; 2005)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Jacknife, a high energy metal outfit out of Texas, knows how to rock hard with plenty of energy and talent to boot. 

From the opening track, something about this highly gifted band struck me. I usually don't go for the screaming type of metal sound, but Jacknife's "Moment of Reckoning" is different. The power and vigor that this band exhibits is crisply refreshing and a rude slap in the face at the same time. What a fun time it was!

This shit is as poetic as it is powerful with a perfect combination of excellent songwriting and superior musicianship. 

Jacknife: Joe Ortiz - vocals; Mike Warren - guitar; Steve Pruett - guitar; Joseph J. Fontenot - bass; Tommy Crooks - drums. 

For more information visit http://www.jacknife.net.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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