Countdown to Knotfest: Meet A Few of the Bands Here!

knotfest2Countdown to Knotfest: Meet A Few of the Bands Here!

Slipknot’s KNOTFEST — — the most cutting edge heavy festival in America– is taking place October 24-26 at the San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.

From the Slipknot-curated Slipknot Museum to an onsite tattoo parlor, flaming carnival games, and even the unforgettable Scent of KNOTFEST, the festival promises an epic experience for maggots and metalheads even apart from the five stages of earsplitting music.

Here are a few of the bands ready to leave an indelible impression on the attendees of the almighty KNOTFEST. Read on…

DevilDriver

Photo Credit: Jack Lue

Photo Credit: Jack Lue

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
Dez Fafara Front man of DevilDriver & Coal Chamber / Born & Raised in California.

What are you looking forward to the most about Knotfest?
Well it’s very close to my house , I’m looking forward to having my family , wife , kids , brothers , sisters out to watch the show as well watch some of the other great bands !

Have you ever seen Slipknot live and if so, what was the experience like?
Yes , My band Coal Chamber took SLIPKNOT on their 1st USA TOUR so I’m very familiar with the band . They are fun to watch live .

What could one expect from your live show at Knotfest?
Expect 100% pure Energy , DEVILDRIVER has a very punk aspect to what we do . No frills just music the crowd and Us .

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
WinterKills is DevilDriver’s latest CD , the title was inspired by the change in seasons as it relates to the change in our lives .

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Clouds over CALIFORNIA – inspired by the California wildfires which displaced my family not once but twice .
End of The Line – inspired by the drive to do what others say can’t be done .

Any strange or unusual happenings in the past while out on the road or at a show?
NOPE just a lot of travel and road work , making music etc . For now I’m off the road with Family and enjoying home time .

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Be killer to play with AC/DC , we’ve done festivals with them but a tour would be killer !

Any final words of wisdom for Knotfest attendees this year?
Have a good time , enjoy all the killer bands !!!

DevilDriver on Facebook

Exmortus

Photo by: Jack Lue

Photo by: Jack Lue

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
I am Conan, lead vocalist and guitarist of Exmortus. We hail from Whittier, CA.

What are you looking forward to the most about Knotfest?
Strangely enough, I really look forward to the stench of Knotfest. It will be a most interesting memory in the future. *laughs*

Have you ever seen Slipknot live and if so, what was the experience like?
I saw Slipknot at Ozzfest 2005. They put on a great show with tons of energy which we aspire to match (if possible!).

What could one expect from your live show at KNOTFEST?
Expect Exmortus to crush your skull and melt your mind to mush… while inhaling camel shit vapor!

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our most recent release is our Slave to the Sword album which debuted February of this year. You could call our undying dedication to heavy metal music and touring (the sword) a kind of “slavery.”

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
We’ll be playing Metal is King, our very own ode to metal, praising the culture and substance. We’ll also be performing the third movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and, well, it has no lyrics! But the music screams fury and angst, our primal emotions best expressed through heavy metal.

Any strange or unusual happenings in the past while out on the road or at a show?
On the last night of the recent tour we did with Arsis and Allegaeon, Noah Martin of Arsis came on stage with his electric shaver and gave me some Lemmy chops as Allegaeon silly stringed us and threw inflatable crabs at us! We were completely taken by surprise and to make things more interesting, they chose to do this as we played Moonlight. Not an easy task at all! But it was fun indeed! Love those guys!

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
We’d love to open up for Judas Priest without a doubt. I speak on behalf of the rest of Exmortus since we share the same love and adoration for their awesome music and accomplishments. We deem ourselves true “Defenders of the Faith.”

Any final words of wisdom for Knotfest attendees this year?
Forget all you’ve heard; there’s no power in the word. For when the reaper makes his deal, trust in your steel! \m/

Exmortus on Facebook

Miss May I

Photo by: Jack Lue

Photo by: Jack Lue

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
This is Ryan Neff, bassist and singer of Miss May I, and I live in Columbus, OH. The band overall hails from Ohio, but we are scattered all over the state, plus 1 member in Missouri.

What are you looking forward to the most about Knotfest?
We’ve had a really successful year of playing all these giant festivals all over the world, and Knotfest has been on the list as a sort of, out of reach goal. When the offer came in we couldnt believe it. Our chance to play on the same bill as Slipknot!?

Have you ever seen Slipknot live and if so, what was the experience like?
This is my first time seeing Slipknot. With the busy touring schedule I don’t get the chance to see as many bands as I would like outside of being on the road, so I’m pretty pumped to have landed the opportunity to see them while also being on the bill.

What could one expect from your live show at Knotfest?
I’m expecting a massive crowd full of insane metal heads. We played this same venue back in July on the Mayhem Fest and it was a huge gig for us, expecting nothing less, maybe even something a bit crazier.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Rise Of The Lion is our newest release, titled after seeing the bands symbol and fan base become one, and lead us into this new portion of our career, playing giant festivals and alongside legends like Slipknot for the first time.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Hey Mister is a song about a father who was never there, and Hero With No Name is a dedication to unsung heroes of the military.

Any strange or unusual happenings in the past while out on the road or at a show?
Always, you can’t be in a band without coming across the debauchery from time to time, I’ll leave names out, but I saw a group of girls take a piss outside the bus on the ground in Canada a few years back, not knowing each bus was full of band members with 1 way glass haha.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I would love to play with Astro Creep era White Zombie and Pantera, when they were touring together as coheadliners.

Any final words of wisdom for Knotfest attendees this year?
Prepare for the most insane heavy metal concert you’ve ever been to!

Miss May I on Facebook

Prong

Photo by: Jack Lue

Photo by: Jack Lue

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
Thomas Victor, guitar player and vocalist for Prong from NYC.

What are you looking forward to the most about Knotfest?
I’m looking forward to just playing the gig. Every show for Prong is fun.

Have you ever seen Slipknot live and if so, what was the experience like?
Prong did a show in Davenport Iowa years ago when they were a local support. They sounded great.
Next I saw them headlining at The Reading festival in England . Still amazing but with a hell if a lot more production!

What could one expect from your live show at Knotfest?
A high energy power trio show playing some of the old Prong favorites like “Beg To Differ“and “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” plus the new singles from our recent LPs, Ruining Lives and Carved Into Stone, like “Turnover” and “Revenge, Best Served Cold“.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
The latest album is “Ruining Lives“. There is a title track and that song is about mass media, mega corporations keeping people addicted to all kinds of garbage.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Turnover” is about meeting crisis with a renewed attitude. “Snap Your Fingers , Snap Your Neck” is about treating the humdrum boredom of everyday life by living for the moment.

Any strange or unusual happenings in the past while out on the road or at a show?
Just the usual toilets overflowing, infected eyeballs, general incompetence , video game rivalries; typical road stuff.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Killing Joke! The greatest band of all time. My personal biggest influence. Love all their songs, would be great to hear them every night!

Any final words of wisdom for Knotfest attendees this year?
Be safe and catch as many bands as you can!

Prong on Facebook

Rattlehead

rattlehead1Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Nick Baranov, lead vocals and guitars for Rattlehead, based out of Hollywood, CA

What are you looking forward to the most about Knotfest?
We’re absolutely stoked to be sharing the bill with so many of our idols, as well as friends we’ve made over these years. The fire carnival rides and junkyard car drum circles should definitely add a nice touch too!

Have you ever seen Slipknot live and if so, what was the experience like?
We saw Slipknot live sometime in 2011, actually at the same venue that we are performing with them this time around – San Manuel Amphitheater.  I could easily say that they are some of the most entertaining musicians around nowadays. The audience had their eyes glued on the stage for the entire set.

What could one expect from your live show at Knotfest?
Considering the magnitude of the bands that we are sharing the festival bill with, you can definitely expect to hear new and old tunes alike, but with 200% more intensity and aggression than ever before.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
The latest EP we released was “Blackout Brigade” released in November of 2013. The title was inspired by the many friends and fans we’ve had the pleasure of sharing drinks with, which is almost somewhat of an underground circle of brothers now.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Get In The Van – one of the hits off our previous album will definitely make it onto the setlist at Knotfest. The song was inspired by our constant hunger for the open road, touring the country relentlessly, and leaving all the petty concerns of “normal life” behind.

One other song in the setlist will be I am The Demon, which is a very personal song, written about betrayal, and the need for revenge in order to find closure of spirits. An eye for an eye sure does filter out the scum in the world.

Any strange or unusual happenings in the past while out on the road or at a show?
After touring the country for the past 6 years, we’ve seen it all – from , from bar fights with shady promoters, blackout debauchery, a hundred flat tires, to support band members losing their minds and getting checked into mental institutions (check out our tune “Walk with the Dead” haha!)

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I think we would all mutually agree that having the honor of opening up for Metallica would be the ultimate accomplishment, considering their direct influence on not only the style of music we play, but the entire genre itself. There are obviously tons of bands we would love to open for, but if we’re talking about the ULTIMATE, then that would have to be it.

Any final words of wisdom for Knotfest attendees this year?
Come early, check out all five stages, and most importantly, have a damn good time! Stop by our merch booth and say hi, as we cannot wait to meet each and every one of you!

Rattlehead on Facebook

Suicide Silence

Photo by: Jack Lue

Photo by: Jack Lue

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
I am Mark Heylmun from Temecula, California and I play guitar in Suicide Silence. The band is from all over California so we’re just a California based band these days.

What are you looking forward to the most about Knotfest?
Playing the set, I think? But I haven’t seen Slipknot since Download 2009, I think? Whenever they shot that DVD… I was front row raging hard as fuck so I’m excited to see them almost 5 years later on the return. Very stoked for the whole experience.

Have you ever seen Slipknot live and if so, what was the experience like?
I’ve seen Slipknot a ton. I watched them for the first time with my dad and sister in 2001 at Ozzfest. We did Mayhem 2008 with them and ceremonially watched them almost every night. Also prior to recording our 2nd record in New Jersey we went to see them at Madison Square Garden as a kick off to an artistic month in the studio. Needless to say we are maggots.

What could one expect from your live show at Knotfest?
Energy.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
You Can’t Stop Me. It was inspired by the last lyrics our singer wrote before he passed away. We were in a hard spot after losing him and his lyrics were a huge confirmation that we need to be resilient and bounce back from this tragic situation.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Cease To Exist” is a fun track we collaborated on all together lyrically and musically. It was inspired by having an extra day before we started in the studio and getting one final jam in, the song came together quick and badass. Lyrics came together quick between me, our singer (Eddie) and our drummer (Alex). There was a particular story in the news about a certain person that genuinely pissed us off and infected our world of metal and community. It bummed us out to have this sickening story all over the metal news sites and we wrote the tune.

Disengage” is another track that was written with the same time in mind before we flew to New Jersey. We put this one together and Mitch wrote the lyrics about checking out of this world and entering the next one. The machine will finally end and cease to be. The lyrics for me continue to gain meaning in his absence. It always has been my favorite song to play live and it keeps getting better for me in every way.

Any strange or unusual happenings in the past while out on the road or at a show?
Define strange? You mean like when there’s a vagrant woman on the streets of Hong Kong and one of our dudes feels inclined to start rubbin up on her and dancing and then another one of our dudes comes up and pulls his pants down… Oh and then all of a sudden all of us and locals are circle pitting around the freaky transient dance lords of Hong Kong? I guess strange shit happens.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Well I’ll just say I’d wanna open for Pantera. They did it for me in every way, influenced, inspired, and set the bar. I still aspire to be as much of an effect on our fans as Dime was to his. Words become inert when trying to describe how much Pantera affected my musical up bringing.

Any final words of wisdom for Knotfest attendees this year?
Being from the area where Knotfest is being held, you guys are about to attend something that is bigger than anything that has ever happened there or in America…possibly the world. I hope you guys hold it dear to your hearts because this is once In a lifetime.

Suicide Silence on Facebook

See you all in the pit at KNOTFEST!!!

(Interview by Ken Morton – Selected Photos by Jack Lue)

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