As YEAR OF THE KNIFE took the stage at revered festivals like Hellfest, Outbreak Fest, and Jera on Air in summer 2022, tens of thousands of eager fans caught the Delaware straight-edge hardcore / metal band’s unrelentingly live show.
Vocalist, Madison Watkins commanded YOTK’s cathartic, chaotic blend of hardcore and metal with ease – and now, the brand-new EP Dust To Dust is set to usher in a razor-sharp musical evolution from their 2020 Internal Incarceration LP, hailed by outlets like Metal Injection (“jaw-shattering”) and Kerrang (the year’s “deepest-cutting American hardcore debut.”)
The three-song Dust To Dust, produced and engineered by, Taylor Young, (Nails, God’s Hate, Twitching Tongues) clocking in at a blistering seven minutes, finds Year of the Knife continuing to push their sound forward, tapping into new corners of the heavy music landscape while not losing an ounce of the ferocity that’s endeared them to a legion of underground listeners.
“Being straight edge is something that has always connected and driven the band, and that is still heavily present,” Watkins explains. “Building from that thematic foundation, my lyrics are through the lens of my own experiences and demons. We wanted to combine our sound with these new influences to make our most pissed-off songs yet.”