The annual KNOTFEST Gift Guide is back and for the 2022 edition, the field of potentials covers a broad range of quality consumables, killer collectibles and even the occasional merch collaboration to ensure every base is covered.
From the reasonably priced stocking stuffers to the once-in-a-lifetime kind of gift experience, this year's guide runs the gamut from limited edition guitars to industrial metal perfume to heavy metal hot sauce to ensure a little something for everyone on your gift list. There is even some added love for the beloved pet of the family to make sure all the members of the fam score something special.
From the hardcore fan to the casual listener, this year’s KNOTFEST Holiday Gift Guide is the kind of well-rounded rundown that ensures each item that made the cut is something the metalhead in your circle would be stoked to see in their stocking.
GIBSON GUITARS - DAVE MUSTAINE FLYING V EXP LIMITED EDITION | $6,999
The latest in the Dave Mustaine Collection from Gibson Guitars is truly a one of a kind addition to even the most discerning collector's trove. Teaming with Gibson Custom luthiers, the signature V features a 25.5” scale mahogany neck and an ebony fretboard with 24 frets, Mother Of Pearl inlays, an Explorer™-style headstock with Grover® Mini Rotomatic® tuners, and a Graph Tech® TUSQ® nut. Dave Mustaine’s signature is reproduced on the truss rod cover, and his silhouette is featured on the back of the headstock. Designed to meet the performance specs of one of the most revered shredders on the planet, the V is equipped with a Tune-O-Matic™ bridge, a string through body Chevron tailpiece, and a Dave Mustaine signature Seymour Duncan® Thrash Factor pickup set. Only 75 of Red Amber Burst and Ebony VOS colorways were produced to ensure quality craftsmanship at the very highest level and a truly one of a kind axe.
HEARTBEAT HOT SAUCE CO. - PICK 4 BUNDLE | $40
Coming in hot from Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada, small batch spice specialists Heartbeat Hot Sauce Company had found an interesting intersection of moto, MMA, and heavy metal bottled into their diverse line of gourmet hot sauces. Delivering hot sauce collaborations spanning from UFC superstar Dustin 'The Diamond' Poirier, to Swedish melodic metal champions In Flames to the recent drop with motocross standouts Team Solitaire, the meld of premium ingredients and bold flavors give you plenty of reason to get lost in the sauce. Prepping the perfect gift for those that fancy the heat, fans can build a custom 4-pack of hot sauces that will show you what Heartbeat Hot Sauce Co. has to offer and help you pick your favorite! For the new and curious customer or those who know what they want, this bundle will keep you going and help you save all in one. Follow @heartbeat_hotsauce for all things metal, moto, and of course HOT SAUCE!
SATANIC TEA CO. - SIN BOX BUNDLE | $41.99
The creative vision of former Slumlord vocalist and tea curator Crucifix, the brand launched in 2017 and has since released tea collaborations with Cradle Of Filth, Kittie, Bloodbath, Twin Temple, and Midnight just to name a few. This year, Crucifix finally saw his dream to come fruition, developing a punishing band of the same name to further reiterate the connection between the two unlikely bedfellows - previewing the forthcoming Satanic Tea Co. EP with brutalizing singles “Blood Drenched Torture Chamber” and "Human Tea" with Matt McGauchy of Cryptopsy. Releasing their Sin Box gift set, Satanic Tea Co. has assembled a perfect way to introduce new converts to their brand with a set that features a 50g bag of satanic tea, their 'Worship Satan' mug and tea infuser.
DRAIN - WINTER MERCH DROP | $25-$50
Santa Cruz hardcore contenders DRAIN have delivered a pretty killer collection of new winter gear that goee beyond the standard tee, hoodie, hat combination. Teaming with GOLDSET Merch, the preachers of California's Curse unveiled a winter merch drop that includes a French Terry sweatsuit, Sherpa slippers and Drain Kewpie plushie for a rad limited edition collectible.
RAMMSTEIN - 'PUSSY' PERFUME | €39
Leave it to the titans of industrial metal to release a freaking perfume! Named after the controversial single from Rammstein's 2009 sixth studio album Liebe ist für alle da, 'Pussy' is said to harness the pheromones of a women in a this intoxicating scent. A combination of citrus fruit and saltiness in the nose, the fragrance is stylishly packaged and appropriately provocative. Sadly, this is a Germany and EU exclusive.
BEHEMOTH X ZIPPO - 'OPVS CONTRA NATVRAM' LIGHTER
Poland's extreme metal powerhouse continue their partnership with trusted craftsmen of quality lighters in Zippo with the release of their 'Opvs Contra Natvram' engraved lighter. Combining the signature quality and durability of Zippo's timeless design, the lighter includes some added flair with the artwork Behemoth's most recent album engraved on the spark.
MORTUS VIVENDI - (2) TAROT TEE BUNDLE | $65 (FREE SHIPPING w/ CODE 'KNOTFEST' AT CHECKOUT)
Mortus Viventi is more than a fashion-forward brand, they are a mission statement put into action. Reinvesting all of their proceeds back into like-minded artists, MV provides creative resources for emerging artists with tangibles like music videos, photo shoots, merchandise, studio time, and more all covered with no expectations in return. Nurturing artistry through fashion, Mortus Viventi taps into a true DIY ethos that cultivates community both in style and substance. For this Holiday Gift Guide, Mortus Viventi has teamed with Knotfest to offer an exclusive deal of (2) Tarot Card T-Shirts for $65 including shipping for free using the promotional code 'KNOTFEST' at checkout.
RAD COFFEE - DRIP + ESPRESSO ROAST | $18
Taking on an aesthetic that is somewhere between B-movie horror and B-side punk, Southern California caffeine creatives Rad Coffee thrive. While the coffee purveyors earned a rep for wild, inventive blended treats like their blue Cookies N' Scream and their ghoulish green matcha delight, Frankenstein, the team is anchored by their premium quality roast that makes for one helluva cup of Joe. Rad's flagship DRIP is a medium roast with notes of cocoa and lemon zest. Rad's ESPRESSO roast offers a bit more bite, with notes of caramelized sugar, cherry, and milk chocolate for a dark roast that drinks velvety. backing up their brand name, Rad Coffee ensures your morning cup, doesn't suck.
TRIPPY SUGAR - SUGAR EXTRAX / BEST BUDS DISPOSIBLE VAPE (2-Pack) | $54.99
Collaborating with Delta Extrax, the Best Buds series of disposable vape devices features three flavor varieties in Purple Pineapple/Rainbow Belts, Banana Kush/Blue Alien and their Mystery flavor paired with Strawberries and Cream. Featuring Trippy Sugar's definitive packaging and bold flavor combinations, each Best Buds package contains 2 grams of an incredible Live Resin THC-O + Delta 9 THC blend for a total of 4 grams! Sourcing premium indica and sativa blends with bold flavor profiles, the Best Buds series has touts a healthy variety of cannabinoids designed to meet the needs of every type of consumer.
CEDAR RIDGE DISTILLERY x SLIPKNOT NO. 9 WHISKEY GIFT BUNDLES | $169.99 - $199.99
Building on the success of Slipknot’s award-winning No. 9 whiskeys, Iowan distillery Cedar Ridge and the masked nine have assembled the ultimate collection spanning the entirety of the whiskey offerings. Among the in-demand bottles featured in addition to the flagship No. 9 and Reserve varieties, Red Cask takes Cedar Ridge’s aged bourbon and rye whiskeys and finishes them for an additional year in estate-owned, red wine casks before expertly blending them. The ultimate Slipknot whiskey bundles will also include the new limited Clown's Iowa Shine Moonshine which is a raw bourbon straight from the still. Paired with collectibles including limited edition tees, a Slipknot Whiskey glass and an anniversary edition IOWA cassette tape, these gift sets are essentials for hardcore fan.
RARE BIRD LITERATURE - 'GODLESSNESS' BY STU FOLSOM | $25
Inspired in equal parts by the western pulp of Louis L'Amour, the novels of Cormac McCarthy, and the twisted horror of Clive Barker, Godlessness is the fictional companion piece to Pagan Rhythms, the incendiary debut album from metallic hardcore hybrid, SpiritWorld.
Penned by the band's creative visionary and aesthetic architect Stu Folsom, the collection was dedicated to the memory of, and edited in part by, Power Trip's Riley Gale, who died unexpectedly in 2020 at the age of thirty-four. Godlessness was initially released as a limited-edition paperback, along with the initial now-collectible self-released pressing of Pagan Rhythms. The collection of short stories is now available for the first time worldwide in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook.
DEFTONES x BELCHING BEAVER BREWERY - FRONT ROW PACK | $20.99
Among the most fruitful of the craft beer/band collaborations, the partnership between Deftones and Southern California brewery Belching Beaver has delivered an impressive collection of quality suds. With some ten beers launched since their union in 2016, the flagship beer in Phantom Bride IPA has become the gold standard of collaboration cans. Sourcing some of the band's newest offerings including the Ohms Pale Ale, the festival-friendly Dia De Los Deftones Mexican lager, the Hazy variation of the Phantom Bride IPA and the coconut/coffee/maple brown ale in Good Morning Beautiful, the Front Row box touts eight cans that are all perfectly suited for proper fall drinking.
DISCRAFT x SLIPKNOT - BUZZZ, SCORCH + ZONE DISCS - $24.99
Since 1978, Discraft has been at the forefront of innovation in the space of flying discs - evolving what for too long was treated like a toy into a well-crafted piece of sporting equipment. Optimizing flight patterns and distance through continued development, Discraft is regarded as an industry leader and quality manufacturer of Disc Golf, Ultimate and Freestyle discs. Merging forward-thinking designs and incendiary graphics - including their White Chapel disc, their Star Wars line and their most recently debuted SLIPKNOT series - Discraft soars with both newcomers and disc golf enthusiasts alike.
FUNKO POP! ROCKS - PANTERA 4-PACK | $48
Recently announced during Funko's annual Pop!-A-Palooza event, the latest in the Pop! Rocks vinyl figure collectibles series pays tribute to the Texas groove metal titans with a 4-pack that includes Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown and the brothers Abbott Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell. With the reunion of the band led by remaining members Anselmo and Brown and Pantera's first shows in twenty years set for next month, the Funko pack is a timely addition to any metalheads' collection.
DR. MARTENS x BABYLON LA - 1461 | $150
Skate and street wear champions Babylon LA have teamed with the timeless Dr. Marten's for a collaboration that features the iconic 1461 design with stylistic accents that showcase a unique mesh of contemporary and classic. While 'Docs' aren't typically the skater's shoe of choice, the tear-away upper and olive canvas on top of Dr. Martens' black Wanama leather is assembled with the wear and tear of the street in mind. Fresh out of the box or run ragged, this collab is a unique kind of versatile.
FREAK ON A LEASH - PET TOYS + ACCESSORIES | $ VARIOUS
Nearly 25 years after the release of Follow the Leader and the generational anthem in "Freak On A Leash", KORN frontman and rock culture icon Jonathan Davis has launched his own pet brand of the same name. Releasing his collection of accessories and pet toys, in addition to the added style points of swagging your pet out in anything KORN, there's added piece of mind in knowing that FOAL donations a portion of their proceeds to the Take Me Home organization, which "saves animals from death row, the streets, and unsafe living conditions, as well as providing free medical services including spay/neuter, vaccinations, and microchips to the animals of low-income families."