Knotfest is a metal music festival revolving around the alternative-thrash group, Slipknot. The event began in 2012 and has previously included headliners Deftones, Serj Tankian, Lamb of God, Machine Head, Cannibal Corpse, Gojira, and more. This year, the festival covered two full days as well as a VIP/camping kick-off on the 24th, featuring a performance by Suicide Suicide and The Black Dahlia Murder. You can check out Alternative Nation’s recap (including photos by Daniel Alguire) of Knotfest Day 1 below. Also, stay tuned for interviews with Killswitch Engage, Miss May I, Avatar, Attika 7, and Kings of Carnage.
Prong, an industrial trio which formed in 1986, was one of the first acts to perform on stage 005. Frontman Tommy Victor chugged out the group’s hits while bassist Jason Christopher and drummer Art Cruz pummeled away at their instruments. Miss May I proved themselves to be one of the top metalcore live acts when they conducted what they referred to as a “marathon circle pit” surrounding the stage’s sound booth. After their success on this year’s Mayhem Fest, King 810 was picked to shock and rock the metal community once again. Their contagiously violent music pumped up the crowd and was met with an uproar when the band smashed their keyboard to bits.
Death metal legends, Carcass, took the stage as the sun’s heat peaked. The quartet stirred up the audience with their recent hit-track, “The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills.” Vocalist Jeff Walker was quite the sassy frontman as he spewed out tongue-in-cheek humorous snaps in between each song. Next, In This Moment stirred the crowd in quite a different way. Maria Brink’s arrival was followed by whistles, hoots, wows, and more. The band performed several tracks off their upcoming LP, Black Widow, all accompanied by a raunchy choreographed dance by Brink and two other scantily dressed dancers.
Before the main act could fuck shit up, four amazing headliners rocked the main stage. Hatebreed was first up and definitely knew how to get the mosh pit spinning. Black Label Society then continued the heaviness as legend Zakk Wylde shredded the his signature guitar. The attendees of Knotfest were also in for a big treat as Anthrax premiered a brand spankin’ new song, which has yet to be discussed. Danzig put on one hell of a show for a fifty-nine year-old and ended with the classic “Mother.”
Finally, the curtain hung for the the nine-man monster that is Slipknot. The show started off with “People=Shit,” which had the pit shouting the chorus. The group performed some deep cuts such as “Eeyore” and “Three Nil.” As previously predicted, the singles off their most recent LP, .5: The Gray Chapter, sound amazing live. Slipknot closed the night with fan favorites “Spit it Out” and “Surfacing,” to which frontman Corey Taylor wished everyone a good night and couldn’t wait until tomorrow.
Photos (taken by Daniel Alguire) of Prong, King 810, Otep, The Devil Wears Prada, Hatebreed, Black Label Society, and Anthrax: