Hardcore upstarts YEAR OF THE KNIFE recently announced their upcoming debut full-length, “Internal Incarceration“, due out August 7th from Pure Noise Records. The Delaware-based band excels at crafting unrelentingly heavy, metal-influenced hardcore with deeply human and socially- conscious lyrics, and “Internal Incarceration” takes these strengths to new heights. Recorded by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Code Orange, Nails), the album sounds as raw and visceral as the subjects of its songs, which often find vocalist Tyler Mullen working through the challenges of loss, grief, and addiction with compassion to match the furor of the music. Today Year Of The Knife have teamed with Revolver Magazine to premiere another new song from the album. “Manipulation Artist” is a taunt cut of aggression and metallic riffs that culminates in one of “Internal Incarceration”‘s most vicious breakdowns.
While Year Of The Knife’s lineup includes actual familial connections – the band is made up of Mullen alongside twin brothers Aaron and Andrew Kisielewski on guitar and drums, and husband and wife Brandon and Madison Watkins on guitar and bass – their approach to the band is rooted in the idea of chosen family. Year Of The Knife are motivated by an attempt to maintain control over their circumstances in the face of life’s many hardships, including the loss of family and friends to addiction.
“Almost every straight edge person I know has been touched by loss. Those experiences can make you feel alone, but they’re something a lot of people within hardcore have gone through and can relate to. People that gravitate towards this music often have this darkness in their lives, but hardcore can be a beacon where they can find community and relief. It can be a really incredible outlet for getting that negativity out and finding people who understand you”.
“Internal Incarceration” directly confronts that darkness, redirects it into music and lyrics, and provides the band with one of their most powerful traits: their ability to channel pain and aggression into something cleansing and connecting.
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