Year of the Knife - Internal Incarceration Colored Vinyl LP (Indie Exclusive)
Year of the Knife Internal Incarceration Colored Vinyl LP
By its very nature, hardcore is a conduit for channeling frustration, aggression, and discontent into musical form. But for Delaware-based five-piece Year Of The Knife, that process is so much more than just a simple release. The band's debut full-length Internal Incarceration is a profound reaction to the very real losses and the challenges of the world around them, and a way to turn that discontent into community, compassion, and change.
While Year Of The Knife's lineup includes actual familial connections – the band is vocalist Tyler 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. The band came together in 2015 over a shared love of death metal-influenced hardcore and an investment in the straight edge lifestyle. These collective interests reflect the deeper motivations that fuel Year Of The Knife: 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.
Internal Incarceration directly confronts that darkness, and redirects it into the music and lyrics. The album follows 2019's Ultimate Aggression (a compilation of the band's earlier EPs) and ups the ante in sheer heaviness and vitriol. Year Of The Knife teamed with producer/engineer Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails, Code Orange) at Salem, MA's legendary GodCity Studio, where he encouraged the band to push their sound without sacrificing the essential ferocity of their songs. The resulting thirteen songs clock in at a lean 31 minutes, and are Year Of The Knife at their most visceral. The fast parts are even more explosive, the breakdowns even more pummeling, and Mullen's guttural voice cuts through the controlled chaos sounding energized and agonized all at once.
Year of the Knife Internal Incarceration Track Listing:
1. This Time
2. Virtual Narcotic
3. Stay Away
4. Manipulation Artist
5. Final Tears
6. Internal Incarceration
7. Premonitions of You
8. Through The Eyes
9. Sick Statistic
11. Nothing To Nobody
12. Get It Out
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