An explosive week kicks off with a new album from ERRA, an EP drop from Serj Tankian and releases from Beartooth, While She Sleeps (feat a special guest), Pop Evil, Northlane, Attila, ZillaKami and a live version of Lamb of God's "Memento Mori" (which has been in the Tribe Leaders Top 50 Playlist since its release) all freshen up this week's playlist adds.
In what seems like the most additions ever in one week, 8 new tracks join the playlist spearheaded by the surprise release from Beartooth. "Devastation" marks the bands first original release since 2018's 'Disease'. No official word if there's more on the horizon, but goddamn do we hope as "Devastation" packs a wallop.
Serj Tankian's 'Elasticity' EP hit today on the strength of the title track released earlier this year and today's release of "Electric Yerevan". As always Tankian uses his unworldly talent to shine a light on the political failures holding the world hostage. This will be the third track on the playlist fronted by Tankian as the double feature released Nov of last year from System of a Down continues to hold power in the playlist.
Speaking of multiple tracks on the playlist, ERRA has been scorching hot this album cycle that finally hits its conclusion today as they drop their self titled album. All five tracks released as early singles have filled the playlist including "Snowblood", "House of Glass", "Divisionary", "Scorpion Hymn" and last week's "Shadow Autonomous". Both Shadow and Scorpion continue their run while "Gungrave" - today's release - marks an album celebration with its addition.
Lamb of God continue blasting towards Friday's release of their deluxe edition of last year's self-titled album. The deluxe edition (which a signed version plus a merch pack can be won by entering and voting in the Lamb of God Bracket) features two additional bonus tracks (one which is already on the playlist in "Ghost Shaped People") and a video/audio LIVE version of the album in full from their Sept 2020 livestream performance.
Today they drop the live version of the smash hit "Memento Mori". Check it out here and stream their KNOTFEST Exclusive curated playlist 'Live Metal Essentials' - a collection of essential live aggression from some of the genre's most important bands.
While She Sleeps brings out the special guest in Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil for their latest "Nervous". The track is the third pre-release for the band following "Sleeps Society" and "You Are All You Need" leading up to April 16th and the drop of 'SLEEPS SOCIETY'. All three tracks scattered the playlist.
Australia continues its all out global attack with its seemingly never-ending metal talent. This week Northlane unleashes the heavy electonic "Clockwork" which will serve as the official theme song for 'Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege' at the Oceanic Nationals eSports League on March 21st.
"Set Me Free", the latest from active-rock hitters Pop Evil, sees the band hammering away towards May 21st's release day of 'Versatile'. While metalcore stars, Attila, drop the rangy fierce anthem "Clarity". The track follows last year's "Cancelled", as both are rumored to be on the band's upcoming album which was teased summer of last year.
ZillaKami (City Morgue) unloads his signature aggressive style over pounding beats and ripping guitars on his latest, "CHAINS" as he continues tearing down genre walls.
After A Day to Remember overtook #1 last week with the brutal "Last Chance to Dance (Bad Friend)" off their latest 'You're Welcome', Bring Me the Horizon takes back reign with the non-stopping "Parasite Eve". ADTR slides to #3, behind Architects, with System of a Down, Sabaton, Chevelle, Evanescence and last week's latest from Rob Zombie following.
The Pulse of the Maggots playlists continues to house the best can't miss emerging artists in the genre.
Pulse Fest alumni Death Blooms keeps the intense momentum rushing, offering up the high powered "Gore" for their EP release day of 'Fuck Everything'. "Fuck Everything", the single, continues to slam away on the Pulse Playlist. An early can't miss EP of 2021, features previous playlist mainstays "Anger" & "Life is Pain".
Stream their Pulse of the Maggots Fest performance below
LANDMVRKS finally let loose their third album, 'Lost in the Waves' highlighted by today's release of "Tired of it All". The album features "Rainfall", "Lost in a Wave" & last month's "Overrated" - all of which have hit the Pulse playlist.
Knocked Loose's Isaac Hale joins Wristmeetrazor for the hammering "Last Tango in Paris". The track announces the upcoming June 11th release of their second album 'Replica of a Strange Love' which follows up their acclaimed debut album 'Misery Never Forgets'. 2021 just a got a ton heavier.
Continuing their trend, and this article's trend, of special guests - Oceans enlist Lena Scissorhands of Infected Rain for their latest, "Voices". Last month's "We Are Not Okay" saw the band add Andy Dörner of Caliban for a fuller sound.
Another Pulse Fest alumni, VCTMS, drop "New Face// Same Loneliness". Previously the band premiered "Carefully // Caged" on KNOTFEST which announced their fourth LP, Vol. IV Numb The Ache and featured Spite frontman Darius Tehrani. While the new track still heavily slams, there's more moments of air which only make the daggers that come that much more powerful.
Watch VCTMS absolutely tear the place up with their Pulse performance
This week's KNOTFEST Premiere comes courtesy of Exist Immortal with "Gold" as the release track of today's EP drop of 'Act Two - Gold'. Championing poignant messaging while crafting dynamic instrumentation, Exist Immortal shines as an example of the genre’s thriving overall health. Stream it now.
Additional adds this week come from Outline in Color, Distant -celebrating the release of their EP 'Dusk of Anguish', Islander, Crawlers, Nevertel, Nathan James & Softspoken. Stream these alongside impressive displays from As Everything Unfolds, Brand of Sacrifice, Vexed, Novelists, Pupil Slicer, Cane Hill and more already on the playlist.
New Flesh (Most Recent 100 Tracks) finalizes this week's new adds with Rise Against, Genghis Tron, Ra feat Dustin Bates of STARSET, Insomnium and more
Today sees the return of Rise Against as they release "Nowhere Generation" which will lead as the title track off their upcoming album dropping June 4th. The track promises heavy political influence as lead singer Tim McIlrath targets big business and political interference in the youth's pursuit of the once promised American Dream. Pre-Order /Pre-Save the album HERE.
Max Cavalera’s much anticipated project with son Igor Amadeus Cavalera, Go Ahead and Die, emerges today with the drop of their very first track, “Truckload Full of Bodies”, while announcing their self-titled debut album coming June 11th.
Genghis Tron release their 3rd single ahead of next week's album drop of 'Dream Weapon' - the title track of which dropped back in January. Also filling out the lead-up is last month's "Ritual Circle". It'll be the band's first album since 2008.
Insomnium, RA & Born of Osiris finalize the New Flesh adds combining with the previous two playlists to fill out a diverse playlist with major hitters, new acts and everything in between featuring the newest from Rob Zombie, Atreyu, Void of Vision, Denzel Curry and more.
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