- Awesome Music:
- The entirety of Silent Shout, it's often regarded as a modern classic.
- The Captain, which was used in the beginning of the 9 Movie Trailer, is perfect for the desolate tone the movie gives.
- Broken Base: Perhaps to be expected by the title but Shaking the Habitual has thoroughly split the fan-base, one side being completely enraptured and the other finding it a pretentious noisy chore.
- Covered Up: The Jose Gonzalez cover of Heartbeats is probably better known than the origin
- Creepy Awesome: Almost everything they do, and literally everything Karin did in her first Fever Ray album.
- Nightmare Fuel: Karin has admitted that her husband is often leery about letting their kids listen to her music.
I've got mace, pepper-spray
- Sure, Na Na Na sounds innocuous to begin with, but then you hear the lyrics:
And some shoes that runs faster than a rapist rapes
What I need is chemical castrations, hope and godspeed
In a dream I lost my teeth again
- Silent Shout even uses actual nightmare tropes:
Calling me woman and half man
Yes in a dream all my teeth fell out
A cracked smile and a silent shout
- "Full of Fire" off Shaking the Habitual.
- Quite a few of the tracks off of Shaking the Habitual are filled with Nightmare Fuel, such as "A Cherry On Top", "Fracking Fluid Injection" and the 19-minute long "Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized".
- Reclusive Artist: Zig-zagged. They tend to shy away from press attention, but they've stated multiple times that they're open to interviews and have done a lot of them, but they just refuse ones that try to pry into their personal lives. Karin appears to be more amiable to interviews when she was promoting Fever Ray.
- Signature Song: Either "Heartbeats", "Full of Fire" or "We Share Our Mother's Health", probably depending on when you first got into the band.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: Trawling through the comments on SongMeanings.net will give you thousands of interpretations for each song.
- Funnily enough, Swedish critics (and fans) increasingly tend to find them Anvilicious - but due partly to Popcultural Osmosis Failure and Swedish politics being a bit to the left of US politics to start with, YMMV on how much of that carries over to non-Swedish listeners.
YMMV / The Knife