Thanks again to Chris Fane of Iron Witch who designed these beauties. Don’t miss them tomorrow when they invade ‘kin Hell Fest!
All good things come to an end and the same is no different with the 2013 edition of ‘Kin Hell Fest. But will it go quietly? Of course not. There’s still another thirteen bands to see, and there’s an afterparty too for those who don’t have to jet for the last train home. So let’s round off this preview…
Envoys – 12:30-12:55
Envoys are a lush instrumental post-rock/metal trio who certainly qualify as one of the more expansive bands on the line-up. Their 2012 demo (self titled as ‘E N V O Y S’) showcases a band full of potential.
DSDNT – 13:10-13:35
Local Leeds hardcore crew who formed in mid-2011 and have been tearing off limbs ever since. Their debut self-titled EP is up for free on their Bandcamp page and if Envoys don’t blast the cobwebs from Saturday away, DSDNT should certainly do the trick.
Horsebastard – 13:50-14:15
Assuredly free of any fraudulent horsemeat, this equine-loving crew are proprietors to head-shrinking grind and for one of 2012’s most disturbing and compelling videos, for the track ‘Short Controlled Bursts’. And that’s exactly what you’ll get here, as this Liverpudlian lot batter you time and time again with said accurate bursts.
The Day Man Lost – 14:30-14:55
Mourned by the Northern scene and by grind fans in the know when they originally split, Preston’s The Day Man Lost have returned with new blood and all new intensity. The mood is likely to be celebratory but at the same time it’s going to be downright nuts when they make mincemeat of the crowd with their furious assault.
Corrupt Moral Altar – 15:10-15:40
Making their first appearance in Leeds and indeed at this festival, Corrupt Moral Altar are a supergroup of sorts, containing members of Horsebastard, Magpyes, Malevolent Creation, and play ridiculously heavy, scuzzy sludge grind. ‘Luciferian Deathcult’ was more than just a warning shot, bringing to the fore classic vibes of Iron Monkey, Mistress and smoky bourbon. New release ‘Whiskey Sierra’ is set to prove that was no fluke. Do not miss.
Wode – 15:55-16:25
Fantastic up and coming black metal band from Manchester. Their drummer is also the lead vocalist, and he’s an absolute machine, especially on the kit. The rest of the band are up to his ability too. Certainly got the ability to be one of the highlights of the festival.
Sufferinfuck – 16:40-17:05
One of the many bands flying the flag for Scottish grind/powerviolence bring the pain to Leeds. They’ve been owning the scene over the border for a little while and now its England’s turn to be decimated by this West Lothian mob.
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Iron Witch – 17:20-17:50
Highly talked about and full of boozy rage, Scouse sludge crew Iron Witch are going from strength to strength, off the back of two solid releases in the last year, ‘Post-Vegas Blues’, and their best work to date, ‘Hangover Suicide’. Unquestionably one of the bands you absolutely must not miss this weekend, though watch your drinks don’t go flying when the pit undoubtedly explodes in a fit of nihilistic rage.
Bong – 18:10-18:50
Even if you arrived ten minutes late into this band’s set, you probably won’t have missed much beyond the opening bars! In all seriousness though, Newcastle’s space-psych-doomers Bong will certainly be the trippiest band of the weekend, sending us all onto another plane whatever your poison is. A rare live outing not to be shunned.
A Forest of Stars – 19:10-19:50
Unquestionably one of the most intriguing acts the festival has to offer, A Forest of Stars are more than just your average black metal band, winning new fans and dividing current ones further with 2012’s masterful ‘A Shadowplay for Yesterdays’, rich in Victorian theme and avant-garde propensities. This Leeds crew are another stellar draw for the festival and their set ought to be warmly received by all.
Gout – 20:05-20:35
Smashing London lads who are quite good at this grind jiggery-pokery, embracing the fun and silly side of goregrind while at the same time embellishing its wicked tendencies. If you enjoy Rompeprop you’ll enjoy these too.
Foetal Juice – 20:50-21:20
Grimy, scuzzy Mancunian death metal merchants FJ bring forth the muckment once again after a slamming performance at the original ‘Kin Hell Fest. Back with new material in tow, they’ve been ploughing away at this game for several years and are aiming to join the bigger leagues of death metal. Bring forth the slime!
Man Must Die – 21:40-22:30
The final band of the weekend are indeed a biggie – Man Must Die. Hailing from Glasgow, they were the first British band ever to be signed to Relapse in that time put out two crushing albums, including 2009’s brilliant ‘No Tolerance for Imperfection’, and toured with the likes of Machine Head, Decapitated, Hatebreed, Suffocation, Exodus and many more. They released a new single, ‘Antisocial Network’ towards the end of 2012 and their new album is coming very soon. Get ready to open up that circle pit Leeds, because MMD will bring it!
That rounds off our massive preview, but stay tuned to We Must Obey for coverage of the whole festival. Til then, see you in the pit!
If our preview of Friday’s line-up for ‘Kin Hell Fest 2013 got your metal juices flowing, the Saturday will literally have your tongue on the floor. A huge fifteen bands will take to the stage from Saturday afternoon, heading deep into the evening.
Masochist – 12:30-12:55
Local tykes Masochist brought us ‘The Extent of Human Error’ late last year and set out their stall as another fine brutal death metal band, adding grind flourishes to their sound to provide an excellent mix that’s seem them backed to become one of the UK’s top extreme metal acts. Hopefully those of you still recovering from Friday’s antics will oblige these guys early this Saturday morning!
Nu Pogodi! – 13:10-13:35
All female kick-ass hardcore punk/d-beat crew full of political and sociological rage, doing it well in the vein of Discharge, Crass, etc. The definitive soundtrack to humankind plunging itself into further unrest and turmoil. Nu, nu, nu Pogodi!
Sloth Hammer – 13:50-14:15
Organiser Paul Priest’s other band Diascorium will no doubt have dizzied the audience on Friday but it’s with this band that he and his fellow crew will bring things right down to a torturous crawl with their improvised drone goodness. Their original release was entitled ‘Pure Unbounding Misery’, and that’s exactly what to expect, as they expel you into the abyss.
BongCauldron – 14:30-14:55
Winners of the vote on the final band to be announced, home town trio BongCauldron will bring, as their name suggests, a heavy brew of sweet stoner grooves, sludge bombs and doom hammers. Influenced by all things good like Sleep, Weedeater et al, riff out!
Prolefeed – 15:10-15:35
Noisy chaotic hardcore punk in vein of Vitamin X, The Horror, et al, Prolefeed are swift, fast, and raging. Their debut EP ‘Murder Rob for Cult Status’ was released earlier this year and was over and done with inside five minutes. Make no mistake, turn up even slightly late on this band and you’ll miss out on all the fun. If the first two bands don’t wake you up, Prolefeed will.
Regurgitate Life – 15:50-16:20
When Sam from Oblivionized isn’t delivering dizzying riffs of agony with his main band, he can be found here in his solo project Regurgitate Life, successfully managing on his own the power of four or five. Guaranteed to crush you all.
The Atrocity Exhibit – 16:40-17:10
Another band back for seconds following their fantastic performance at the inaugural edition of the festival, The Atrocity Exhibit, and off the back of 2012’s superb ‘What Time the Hidden Death?’ Come on over and get down to some fantastic crossover sludge grind!
Cancerous Womb – 17:25-17:55
Another member of the ‘Split Roast’ Five (including Diascorium and Magpyes) to perform here, this Scottish death metal trio who lavish themselves in the depravity the genre can bring from time to time will certainly bring crushing brutal riffs and blastbeats aplenty, all in poor taste and with precision par excellence.
Ishmael – 18:15-18:45
Wondering where the doom might be? Well look no further, this is where it begins. Plymouth’s Ishmael are quite simply one of the most agonisingly crushing doom bands in the UK right now, if not yet the world, and their debut album ‘Hell Is Empty and All the Devils Are Here’ is one of the most intense albums I can recall in recent history, a prime example of how heavy, bleak and thoroughly punishing the band’s sound is. Fronted by Dani Hawkins, a lady with the most uncompromising of vocal talents, Ishmael are without doubt going to be the most fascinating and evil-sounding bands you’ll hear all weekend.
Flayed Disciple – 19:00-19:30
Death-thrashers Flayed Disciple have made great strides over the last year, seeing their name spread in the wake of their phenomenal debut album ‘Death Hammer’ as well as their videos for ‘The Westboro Massacre’ and the sickening ‘The Shrine of Dahmer’. Another in the new wave of British death metal, their riffs of precision will greet Leeds mid-Saturday and will be sure to open up a great hole in the floor. Rumours that Steve the Zombie will appear on stage are unconfirmed.
Asomvel – 19:45-20:15
‘A dream to some…a nightmare to others’ is their motto, and these classic Yorkshire heavy metallers celebrate their 20 th anniversary this year. Expect old-school riffs and attitude aplenty, fans of Motorhead, Stuka Squadron et al rejoice! Grab your self a beer and bang thy head!
Palehorse – 20:35-21:10
Guitars out, bass in! Veterans of the heavy brew, South London’s Palehorse bring their relative years of experience and their crushing sonic weight to Leeds, promising a fantastic mix of crushing sonic waves, moments of relative serenity, steeped in sludge and sheer audible force.
Alkerdeel – 21:25-22:05
Belgian mob Alkerdeel are making the short trip over the Channel for ‘Kin Hell Fest, bringing with them raw, agonizing, black sludgy drone/doom, shrouded in darkness and misery. One of the cruellest crawls of the weekend.
The Afternoon Gentlemen – 22:25-22:55
The self-styled kingpins of ‘power joogle pogger violence’, Leeds’ very own The Afternoon Gentlemen return to ‘KHF to once again for the crowd to get wasted to before TAG lay Leeds to waste, having done so to venues across Europe and America for the last couple of years. This is what your booze was made for.
Headlining the second night by special invitation are the Dutch goregrind group Rompeprop. With below-guttural vocals, low-end riffs and subject matter not for the faint of heart or easily offended, Rompeprop are one of the heaviest bands who will play this weekend, but not without a fun element. Never ones to take themselves seriously, one look at their performance at Obscene Extreme Festival 2010 will show the band are happy to bring the party to you, and hopefully the ‘Kin Hell Fest will party just as hard as the Czechs did that day!
Acoustic Womb – 00:15-00:30
And after all that gonzoid madness, Cancerous Womb will reveal a more sensitive side as their acoustic alter egos Acoustic Womb. Lighters in the air for ‘Torn From Gunt to Cunt’ Anyone?
We’ll return tomorrow with the final part of this year’s preview, going through Sunday’s also amazing cast.
We proudly previewed the inaugural ‘Kin Hell Fest without even being asked to when it took place in November 2011, and now we’re doing it again, with an even bigger job to do this time. Last time, we split our preview into three parts, featuring four or five bands from across the day. With the festival now extended to three days and featuring twenty-one more bands than last time, our preview is now bursting at the seems with extreme goodness!
Friday’s doors will open at 6:00pm (18:00, 24-hour fans) and will not close til 2:00am the following morning! So here we go, without further ado, we profile the bands set to rock The Templeworks on the opening evening, complete with scheduled stage times too:
Rectal Implosion – 18:40-19:05
Two local Leonians form the chaotic two-man grind attack that is Rectal Implosion. While not having any recorded material to date, they regularly blitz the local scene with a dizzying technical assault that will no doubt light the torchpaper for the weekend. Make sure you get out of work on time and avoid the rush hour traffic if you’re keen on catching these!
Acolyte – 19:20-19:45
A cracking up and coming black metal band from Manchester, taking their cues from the progressive greats of Scandinavian metal, including Enslaved, Immortal and Opeth. Recently signed with Mordgrimm Records and will be releasing their debut album ‘Alta’ on Tuesday 7th May.
Magpyes – 20:00-20:25
Leeds black/grind crew that are popular in these parts and are never short on harrowing delivery every single time. Relative stalwarts of the UK underground, they’ve got a slew of releases to their name including a prominent spot on the ‘Split Roast’ compilation with other KHF acts Diascorium and Cancerous Womb among others, and their damaging onslaught is not one to be missed.
Ravenage – 20:40-21:10
With strength in numbers – seven of them, to be precise – this Hull tribe are set to bring the folk/pagan metal element with a vengeance to ‘Kin Hell Fest. You’d be a sad sap if you were the only one in the audience with a bottle of grog in your hand as they play through songs such as ‘More Beer!’ Life ain’t so serious, and if you’re after something different from the usual live-audio violence, Ravenage will bring the swords, the fire, and the glory to Leeds!
Kastrated – 21:25-21:55
These morbid Burnley lads are back with new material in the works and come to Leeds to bring their slamming death metal back to shake The Templeworks to its foundations into the wee early hours. Expect crude humour and plenty of slam opportunities!
Winterfylleth – 22:15-23:00
Undoubtedly one of the biggest draws of the festival, Winterfylleth are not to be missed by anyone’s standards. Without question the premier band in UK black metal circles at the moment, their last album ‘The Threnody of Triumph’ being a hugely critical triumph straddling atop many metal fans best of lists in 2012, and having performed at 2012 fests including Bloodstock, Wacken Open Air, and the French Hellfest, its indeed a massive honour for them to headline KHF and is all set to be one of the weekend’s highlights.
Gore – 23:20-23:50
Bradford based goregrind group who come with good reasons to lock up your fish tanks, secure your ponds, hailing they and their followers to be ‘Goruguayans’, and have been pumping out all kinds of silly grind sewage for years – since 2001 to be precise – and its going to be quite something to have Gore appearing at ‘Kin Hell Fest. Underrated legends of the scene, come and get your scuzz on!
Diascorium – 00:05-00:35
Organiser Paul Priest and his fellow local lads follow on from the headliners in what will be their final show, parting ways due to constraints making band life impossible to enforce – nevertheless, they promise to dizzy heads one more time with their hugely technical black/death/grind/jazz/whatever metal blitz. Out with a bang, lads!
We will return tomorrow with the second part of our huge preview, and oh yes, it will be huge!
It seems the career trajectory of Norway’s Kvelertak can be compared it some ways to Rammstein, albeit with a currently quicker ascent, at least in the UK – having caught the eye with their debut self-titled record, a curious blend of black metal-tinged hardcore and classic rock, generating much discussion, despite the inherent lack of English or even German in their lyrical content. For certain it didn’t harm their true black metal forefathers who regularly sung in their native tongue, though their sound was in polar opposite to the mainstream in their desperate attempts to remain close to their origins. Kvelertak recognise those ancestral links but seem to embellish the party aesthetic of rock n’ roll and a hardcore intensity.
There’s nothing much different on album number two, ‘Meir’ (simply meaning ‘more’ in English), with every lyric still sung in their primary language, and the odd whiff of a cry of ‘sellouts!’ now they’re a Roadrunner band in the majority of the world. A disappointing sign of the times, you might well say, but if only that were actually true. What’s going on here is largely, literally more of what ‘Kvelertak’ offered. But like the greats so often do, they don’t change what isn’t broken. And so ‘Meir’ should just be enjoyed for what it is – a band revelling in their influences and having a damned good time doing so too. The black metal influence is prevalent in flashes particularly early doors and again later on the thrilling ‘Nekrokosmos’, but there’s a party vibe seemingly finding freedom in their sound too, particularly on tracks like the thoroughly anthemic ‘Evig Vandrar’, the Bronx-meets-Turbonegro groove of ‘Bruane Brenn’ and the truly stadium worthy ‘Tordenbrak’, with a riff that AC/DC would be proud of. How ironic, given that ‘Tordenbrak’ is Norse for the word ‘thunder’.
There’s no mistaking that Kvelertak still herald their Viking ancestors and indeed their Norwegian musical forefathers greatly, but the animal inside them it seems is always willing to turn loose. And hence, we are given a band for whom second album syndrome is a curse word that ought to be flushed down the toilet along with the other nonsensical terms this industry throws up. Sure the purists might balk and only the curios would constantly try to decipher every word they’re screaming, but Kvelertak’s name is growing with rapturous aplomb. These fair voyagers are likely to light fires and raise a beer in the sky numerous times before ‘meir’ becomes ‘mindre’.
Kvelertak – Bruane Brenn
I don’t normally leave comments on our obituaries, simply leaving a picture of the deceased and/or a video. But I feel I must say a few words here as this band meant so much to me as I got into rock and metal and still do to this day.
Chi Cheng might not have been the world’s most prominent bassist, but damn, his bass grooves were heavy, so much so it defined Deftones sound when it came to those ear-splitting moments. Needless to say, I was shocked to learn of his horrific car accident in 2008 that left him in a coma. He seemed to be on the long road to recovery, having made progress despite hitting obstacles along the way – hence why, as I’ve experienced, to suddenly have those hopes crushed in such fashion is so frustrating.
Our thoughts here go out to Chi’s immediate family and friends, and indeed the Deftones and anyone else close enough to him to know the real Chi. I can’t claim to be more than a fan, but Chi was never outspoken, never sought to create controversy around him, and always put his heart and soul into every record, and into everything he believed in; indeed into any time I was lucky to see. the Deftones prior to his tragic accident.
2013 marks the end for one of Britain’s greatest bands of the last 25 years. The final video, ‘Tower of Silence’, is a fitting way to go, reaching into Cathedral’s heaviest riff book as Lee Dorrian’s men journey into the everafter. The vid also features an appearance by Rosalie Cunningham, lead singer of Rise Above alumni Purson. Thematically, conceptually and audibly, this is one of the best videos I’ve seen in recent times.
For some reason, it reminds me of the children’s TV show Knightmare, such is the way it appears to be shot at times, particularly when Dorrian is just sitting in the throne as Cunningham brings that skull into the room. Maybe if the band members fell through the floor or were caught in a passage of mock flying saw blades. Still, I refuse to label it as cheese. This is a great mix of scenes to mark the closing sound on Cathedral’s illustrious career, and the new album, released on Monday April 29th (Rise Above Records), is going to be phenomenal based on this song alone. A tower of silence may loom for Dorrian, Jennings and co, but the decibels will continue to ring out for centuries to come. Cheers lads!
Disarm the Descent
Back in 2003, when Killswitch Engage dropped ‘Alive or Just Breathing’, it marked the dawning of what some described as the NWOAHM – the New Wave of American Heavy Metal – as bands such as KsE, Lamb of God, Chimaira, God Forbid and more surged forth into mainstream consciousness and helped to recover the genre from the precipice of nu-metal. While most of the bands of that time haven’t managed to sustain the momentum from that surge, Killswitch have remained up there at the top, despite losing then vocalist Jesse Leach. With Howard Jones at the fore, they still managed to shift records and build an astounding fanbase. Yet personally, I found Killswitch Engage becoming staler with every record, as they moved further away, it seemed, from the sound that won them their original admirers, becoming more and more formulaic in structure and sound. I personally didn’t find anything memorable about their second self-titled record at all.
Yet Leach’s return to the band after ten years away marks something of a watershed moment, a new dawn etc. for the band, and I certainly hoped ‘Disarm the Descent’ would recapture some of the fighting spirit of the band that seemed to have been lost in recent years. It does just that and more in spades. Leach has not been quiet over the last ten years, having plenty time to develop his vocals on last year’s Times of Grace album (with KsE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz) and prior to that with the criminally underrated Seemless. His vocals are markedly stronger than they were back on ‘AoJB’, and while only time will tell whether this album will produce anthems the size of ‘Life to Lifeless’, ‘My Last Serenade’ et al, you can’t argue they haven’t tried. Musically, this is the most intense Killswitch have been for a while, particularly on tracks like ‘The Hell In Me’ and ‘A New Awakening’, the latter of which Leach counts in with an aggressive ‘1, 2, 3, 4!’ which alone is sure to liven up any future circle pits, itself providing an extra level of intensity to the song. The more melodic side has been reupped as well – ‘You Don’t Bleed For Me’ and ‘A Tribute to the Fallen’ are all worthy singalongs but by no means guilty for doing so, each brewing with thunderous beats. Sure, they can’t resist digging out the metal lighter anthem in ‘Always’, but its far from turgid and to be honest, it sticks with me more than Killswitch have in recent years, in a good way.
Even if you threw the towel in on this band years ago, now is the best time to start rediscovering them, just as with Leach on board, the band seem to have rediscovered their best form, mucking around far less and really getting their teeth into the shred. As my tastes expanded I seemed to enjoy the relative simplicity of metalcore less and less, but its undisputed flagbearers have shown there’s still a fire inside the veterans of the NWOAHM charge. For all the hype Roadrunner pump into their releases, ‘Disarm the Descent’ pays it back gratitiously, and then some.
Killswitch Engage – In Due Time
With their upcoming UK tour with Conan fast approaching, its about time my tardy arse got round to reviewing the split release that Chicago doom heavyweights Bongripper put out with sludge-grind filth rangers and Windy City villains Hate. I should have done so already, what with what I’m about to describe and that awesome Limbo-esque artwork, but hey, life got in the way. So here goes.
The solitary Bongripper track, pleasantly entitled ‘Fisting’, is a quite splendid assault from numerous quarters, showing Bongripper to be able to flit comfortably between doom, sludge, grind and punk inside this one twelve minute track. Anyone familiar to the band’s work will know their pedigree but here they mix between the varying styles to great effect. Building up with sounds reminiscent of a cold, dark, dank subway, the bass looms from the shadows and eventually heralds a nice chunky riff. Once they call your bluff as they threaten to speed up, the second time they do so they don’t muck about, heading into a quick blast before returning to the main lick. And if that wasn’t enough, they provide a sumptuous riff around eight minutes in, which itself morphs into a punk jaunt before finally coming to rest. Phenomenal stuff.
Hate aren’t to be overshadowed though, and their presence here proves that sludge-grind seems to be on the up and up. These guys don’t do things by halves, really going full tilt in all ways including the vocalist who really screams himself hoarse here. For the most part it’s fast stuff, following the crusty hardcore punk path with all kinds of despicable noise coming from their instruments. But they too are capable of slowing the pace right down, as the sludgy goodness of ‘Invisible Man’ shows.
Split releases are enjoying a good stint in popularity among lesser known bands and when they’re as good as what’s on offer here, when two bands can truly match each other blow for blow, the results make winners of us all. Now, go catch Bongripper live, because you’ll never have a greater chance to doom out, get stoned or whatever it is you do at shows nowadays to one of its finest exponents at present.
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‘Kin Hell Fest unveiled its latest line-up poster over the weekend, excellently designed by Steve Myles of the recently departed Khuda. It heralded the announcement on Sunday that local cult hard rock legends Asomvel have been added to the line-up for ‘Kin Hell Fest 2013! They will be performing on the Saturday evening and will be sure to get heads banging and fists in the air. It’s not all about extremity here as you can see, and you Motörhead, Stuns Squadron, Tank et al fans are going to be in for a treat!
However, the line-up for the festival was further altered after Belgian grind crew A Den of Robbers pulled out. There’s still one spot left for the festival and your band can be a part of it. Just check out the image below, all you people in bands, cos here’s your chance to be part of the extreme festival of the year! Please note however, that now you only have until the end of Tuesday 9th April to apply, and demand is high. Good luck!
Please continue to check the official site and the Facebook page for more information on the festival. Tickets still available!