Earlier this month, rising Delaware metallic hardcore powerhouse Year of the Knife announced their first proper full-length, Internal Incarceration, the follow-up to last year's Ultimate Aggression, which compiled two previously released EPs plus a new track "Fatal." (Due on August 7th via Pure Noise Records, YOTK's debut LP is available for pre-order now.) The news arrived accompanied by the album's crushing lead single "Virtual Narcotic," which skewered modern society's addiction to social media. Today (June 29th), the straight-edge quintet — Tyler Mullen (vocals), twin brothers Aaron and Andrew Kisielewski (guitar and drums), and husband and wife Brandon and Madison Watkins (guitar and bass) — have teamed with Revolver to unleash Internal Incarceration's second single, "Manipulation Artist," an equally hard-hitting cut that treads more personal ground, thematically. Blast it above and read on for Mullen's comments on the song.
"This song is about questioning your own sanity while you are trapped in a cycle of abuse from a manipulative, toxic partner," the singer tells us. "One day of happiness overshadows the pain until it starts all over again."
Completed in January, Internal Incarceration was recorded with producer, engineer and Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at his GodCity studio in Salem, Massachusetts. Below see Mullen show off his pick for "The Best Shirt Ever," a well-worn bootleg Misfits tee featuring the horror-punk heroes' iconic Fiend Skull.