The Knife - "Full Of Fire"

Mysterious Swedish synth-abusers the Knife are all set to release Shaking The Habitual, their first proper album since 2006′s classic Silent Shout. The album’s first single is a wriggling, pounding nine-minute opus called “Full Of Fire,” and the powers that be have been taking down 30-second previews of the track for the last few days. Miraculously, though, a fully-intact version of the track has made its way to YouTube. Hurry up and listen, because it bangs hard and it probably won’t be up for long.

Shaking The Habitual is out 4/9 on Mute.

Comments (44)
  1. FUCK EMI!

  2. By its very nature a song like this should NOT make me happy.
    But it’s just been so long since I was freaked out by a new Knife song, I just can’t help myself.

  3. This. Is. Awesome.

  4. woozefa  |   Posted on Jan 24th, 2013 +5

    yeah, EMI, because i was going to download this from a youtube converter and sell it to my friends here in the US.. oops, maybe i should stop talking.

  5. Does EMI even exist in the United States anymore?

    • Do you think if we could hear the EMI message posted above that tells us its blocked (in our country, btw which…I mean, seriously, do we need to be this dramatic?) ya think it would sound like Roger Waters in his school teacher voice from The Wall?

  6. I Missed it again! :(

    • Still loading in the UK

      • That was a quick comment retirement Mr. Howse.

        Do me a favor: Rip that song off youtube and send it to a vinyl manufacturer. Have them print out a handful of copies then take them to your local mail delivery business. Stop. Rethink what you are doing. Realize that piracy is wrong and light them on fire. Because you are Joe Howse. You do the right thing. Always.

  7. What exactly did EMI accomplish by taking this down? “Guys, careful, we’re getting a lot of good publicity for this new album from that song clip, get that video taken down ASAP!”. Shades of 2000 / metallica / napster. I thought we as a society moved past this, like, years ago?

  8. Why do people still get caught up in publicity stunts? Strangely, part of the vocals remind me of Detroit Grand Pubahs. Sandwiches, anyone?

  9. Manager just called saying that whatever song I was playing next door was giving him an epileptic seizure. I told him I waited 7 years for this song and he’s allowing me to continue looping this GODLIKE track.

    Whoa x2

    • Where do you work, if you don’t mind me asking? I mean, not like, what’s your job’s address with the zip code so I can Street View that shit, just like, what’s the gist of your labor?

      • Currently, video editor at a news station. My executive producer’s office shares a wall with my edit bay… they built an edit bay in an odd spot.

  10. This has been working all evening for me. God save the Queen.

  11. This is awesome. I am very drunk though.

  12. I can no longer work today. This song has melted my brain.

  13. 2013 is going to fucking bang.

  14. Dang, all links pulled now! Anyone have a good link?

  15. I liked the track. It reminded me a lot of one of the Nine Inch Nail Remixes from The Downward Spiral.

  16. Don’t get the hype… It already got 4.32/5 rating on RateYourMusic. Ridiculous. Sounds just like an average experimental electronic song to me. But it’s The Knife so it’s supposed to be a masterpice, yeah…I don’t understand anything in that kind of music so I judge it only by its catchiness and overall aesthetic appeal.
    It’s not Heartbeats. It’s not even Silent Shout. Meh.

    • I actually agree with you for once, even if I don’t agree with your methods. I had huge expectations for this album, and who knows, maybe the rest of it could still be great. But this song is a disappointment. I forced myself to listen to it five times, and now I don’t even want to try anymore. I had higher hopes for this than for any album, even the new My Bloody Valentine. But this is a far cry from “Like a Pen,” “Silent Shout,” “N. Y. Hotel,” and of course “Heartbeats.” Shit, “Colouring of Pigeons” was better than this. I hate to seem like a negative Nancy, but damn it, I certainly hold The Knife to a higher standard than this (I’m sure they’ll be so sad to know they’ve specifically let me down). It’s got some decently interesting sounds in it, but it goes nowhere, has no melody, and the beat is forgettable. It’s like they kept the atmosphere of Silent Shout but lost the great sense for melody and dynamics, and I wish they’d at least have done the opposite. I still find it hard to believe that The Knife are even capable of making something this bland. The Fever Ray album wasn’t that long ago and that was great. What happened? Maybe The Knife are just more human than I like to admit.

      Silent Shout will always represent a certain segment of my life, and I’m not trying to necessarily spoil the fun here. But I’ve just got to know if there’s anyone else here who listens to this song and doesn’t hear greatness. Even the less-talked-about tracks from Silent Shout were far more resonant than this. Only The Knife could have made such a weirdly pitch-shifted voice sound so beautiful on “From Off to On,” for instance. Sure, Purity Ring do the down-pitched voice thing, but they use it as punctuation and little else, just some good-sounding chopped-up nonsense to go along with the beat. The Knife sang in that voice, actually SANG in it and made it beautiful and (usually) coherent. Well, whatever, I’m sure you get the point by now. I’m disappointed.

      • Somehow I doubt very much that they will release an entire album of 9 minute noodles (although I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if they did I suppose)…
        But you guys are kind of downers. Yeah, it’s a 9 minute track and those are always hard to digest especially as a first taste. But give the band some credit. This isn’t the best thing I’ve heard them do, but a) it’s the Knife doing their thang and b) it sounds good enough to convince me they are about to release another doozy on us come April. THAT’S where the excitement comes from. No need to put your head in the sand because you didn’t appreciate the first taste of an album that didn’t sound like their most accessible songs of the past.

        I give them credit for releasing this first. You don’t think they figured there would be a few of you guys?

        • How about a 98-minute double-album with five tracks at 9+min and one that’s 19 minutes? Surprised yet?

          01 A Tooth for an Eye 6:04
          02 Full of Fire 9:17
          03 A Cherry on Top 8:43
          04 Without You My Life Would Be Boring 5:14
          05 Wrap Your Arms Around Me 4:36
          06 Crake 0:55
          07 Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized 19:22
          08 Raging Lung 9:58
          09 Networking 6:42
          10 Oryx 0:37
          11 Stay Out Here 10:42
          12 Fracking Fluid Injection 9:54
          13 Ready to Lose 4:36

  17. i liked… and I think is one of the best The Knife’s songs :)

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