Lay It on the Line/Arizona – Split

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Lay It on the Line/Arizona
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South Londoners Lay It on the Line have been garnering attention in the underground scene for their progressively edged melodic hardcore, and on this latest release, a split with Belgian up-and-comers Arizona, they again raise the bar. A band whose songs regularly recount real life tales, sometimes personal. And here they sing about their friend, a man named Ben Gardner who was brutally murdered by three thugs in Sutton in 2010. It’s a horrible story to read and one indicative of the ugly side of drunken society here in the UK. It doesn’t get too much more personal than that, and LIOTL don’t let him down with a thoroughly furious performance. There’s a palpable sense of rage and anger about what happened, that pores right out of their music and through your speakers. These are their two longest songs to date, having thrashed them out a little faster on previous releases, and it’s a definite sign of a band that are already maturing into quite an outstanding outfit.

Arizona are a Belgian screamo band – now there’s a tag I haven’t used in a while. The long, long titles matched only pound for pound by US death metallers Nile were a source of frustration for me when younger, where expectation would often be left flat as it seemed such lyrics were just for show amid a cluttered scene. Maybe time away from all that has served me well. Maybe its my old age – I’m only 28, pushing 29, but part of me continues to mellow. In any event, I don’t find anything wholly inspiring or original about Arizona but at least they make a good fist of producing some quality to back up those huge song titles, with an anthemic and slightly bruising ‘I Knew A Girl Called Pandora, Never Got to See Her Box Though’, and an acoustic version of ‘I’m Not A Superhero, I’m a Latter Day Saint’ which sees the band briefly masquerade as lounge lizards while making their reflections.

Both bands are streaming the EP via their respective Bandcamp pages. Lay It on the Line offer it from zero on a name-your-price scheme, while Arizona are selling it for €5, and with their tracks sandwiching Lay It on the Line’s. The choice is yours, but you could do worse than give the EP a listen and a denomination in your currency of choice.

Peter Clegg

Buy/download ‘Lay It on the Line/Arizona’ from Lay It on the Line here (name-your-price)
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‘Kin Hell Fest 2013 – The Review! – Saturday 27th April

Click here for full review of Friday 26th April
Click here for full review of Sunday 28th April

Saturday 27th April

I set off on the walk back from the rooms we stayed at about 11:30 am. A car drives past me and swerves to travel through a large puddle, soaking me from head to toe. Feeling completely broken, we stop at a cafe to regather with a full English breakfast. It doesn’t work, so we make our way back to the venue in obligation and because I didn’t have a gun to shoot myself in the head. Slumped against a wall trying to prop myself up, I reluctantly await an onslaught of death metal. After getting back to the jam rooms the night before I found a corner in which I tried in vain to sleep. I watched the ceiling swim around while four un-intelligible Geordies had a snoring competition and occasionally tried to wake their friend for ketamine. I did not feel good, but one must persevere, and I was safe in the knowledge others were in the same boat.

Never the less, there’s a decent crowd assembled for the first band Masochist, who break the reluctant atmosphere with straight up death metal. It’s nothing new but there’s a good old school element to it and some good groove to get into. The frontman attempts to bring some animation to the gray faced crowd; “turn to the person on your right and shake their hand”, I cautiously eye my neighbour and take a step away, “now is not the time for the affection of strangers, now is the time for the proper observation on personal space”, I’m sure he understood. Masochist finish their assault and although people retreat to various dark corners, the day is starting to look promising with a steady stream of arrivals and the emergence of some yellow heat giving foreign object in the sky.

There is no remorse for those still feeling sensitive as Nu, Pogodi! take to the stage. This band should be predominantly credited first of all for remembering all their lyrics. Mid barrage, they must be going at least 1000 words per second. Utilizing an intense duel vocal barrage, the three piece bash out simplistic crusty riffs while the savaging beast occasionally turns into a very Sabbathian creature, slow and menacing, which mixes it up well. The lyrical content and stance of the band (explained between tracks) is cliché but correctly highlights some misogynistic views within the metal scene. How ironic it would be for the track ‘Fuck my Womb’ to be taken as anything but symbolic.

I walk outside and buy some cans of Stella from the commendably priced bar; gruelling work to get it down, but if there was any hope of feeling reasonable again, the answer’s somewhere at the bottom of one of these things. As I get back to the venue I’m greeted by series of strange electronic loops with bizarrely out of context monologue, seemingly powered by a sonic teapot; it’s time for things to get weird with Sloth Hammer. The band’s faces are all concealed, most wearing balaclavas with the exception of one member, wearing a gory pig mask and overalls. This porcine individual walked out into the crowd holding various pieces of drum kit, which he proceeded to hit as hard as he could with other pieces of unfortunate drum kit, as people around him looked apprehensively and flinched. There’s rattling bass that growls over harsh teapot noise picking up into evil doom rhythms, then accentuated by a double percussive assault, plus our piggy friend. I can honestly say I’ve never been subjected to such an odd musically orientated spectacle, made all the more surreal by the naked drummers who made visual contributions by putting socks on their nobs.

Time to soak in the heavy grooves of the BongCauldron. Massive Iron Monkey style throw downs punch out of more THC stewed lethargies or upbeat tight rock outs. The large hairy man at the front of the stage occasionally bellows about getting pissed and what not. It’s very satisfying and tightly executed, heavy but fun. Everyone in the crowd nods their heads enthusiastically safe in the knowledge that the next riff will be just as fucking catchy and large, I expect that you will see a great deal more of these riff demons in the near future.

Uplifted by the sounds of Bongcauldron and feeling better for guzzling, we’re thrown back into a pit of spikes with Prolefeed. Wide eyed crust punk relentlessly mauls any complacency giving us a good dose of thought crime. Leaning towards old school crust punk Doom vibes, its evidence that melody can work in true aggressive music; a great set and something that’s not done as much at the moment.

After soaking sun to help with the ongoing healing process its back into the cave for Regurgitate Life. The one man effort entails an endless string of breakneck widdlies and “ORGHHH”, to the drum machines obscure timings coming through the PA. Very impressive musicianship with absolute berzerkery, which didn’t honestly come that easy to listen to.

There’s a large crowd assembled for thrash-infused death metallers Cancerous Womb from Scotland, and there’s the first taste of good spirited violence in the crowd that sets precedent for the rest of the night. Chaos is fun and Cancerous Womb have got it as well as quality tracks. Who wouldn’t be charmed by such lovely titles as ‘Torn from Gunt to Cunt’?

Whilst plying myself with vodka outside some malignant noise spills from the stage (This noise belongs to Ishmael – PC). Notes linger with cavernous openings before striking again in discontent, with the precision of a giant cog fitting its next groove in some monolithic despicable machine. The pace is slow, titanicly hellish with harsh screams as a constant and bleak background. Absorbed in negativity, the crowd gaze on and sink into the floor. In a good way, probably.

Flayed Disciple is a tirade of palm muted thrashy death, energetic palm muted riffs with guttural vocals about killing people and jizzing on them, the kind of thing exclusive to this quaint genre. They actually sound to me like a death metal version of early Megadeth.

Rickenbacker and Flares in tow Asomvel wear their influences on their sleeves and keep it light hearted. Bass lines from somewhere in Motörhead’s back catalogue are as punchy and in your face as you’d hope while there’s almost a constant wah wah blues solo coming from the flares in the corner. A great deal of fun to watch and different to the rest of the bill. “We’ve got one more before you dullards get back to your grindcore or whatever it is you listen to now”. ‘Ace of Spades’ was requested for this finale.

I looked up, and there before me was a Pale Horse, its rider was named Death and Hades was following close behind him”. If death didn’t like Johnny Cash and wanted to announce the arrival of the apocalypse less subtly, Palehorse would be suitable. Ground shaking low end provided by the two bassists is accompanied by the ominous drones of an organ synth, the player of which occasionally looks upwards and screams into a microphone. While the crowd collide viciously with each other a man with a bald spherical head and glasses attempts to keep upright in the middle as he shrieks and nasally preaches anxiety and despair as though from a blasphemous pulpit. An all around ugly experience, with fat rolling vibrations.

Alkerdeel bring harsh, minimalistic and bleak atmospheres with frantic vocalised desperation and the occasional Darkthrone esque groove dropped in. Unfortunately the sound was way off and it was difficult to make out any of the guitar, from outside I initially thought a doom band was on stage, the low end was so prominent. I’d like to catch this lot again for that reason.

I’m a fan of any band that have a track called ‘Can I Have 20p For a Cup of Tea’?, regardless of what they sound like, but as it happens The Afternoon Gentlemen, are one of the best grind bands around. The Leeds based pissheads combine blastery with groove that you’ll likely be spitting blood to. Tonight’s no exception; punk fuelled razor sharp power violence nastiness.

For a short break I decide to take a short walk in the moonlight, take in the beautiful sights, smells and sounds of the Templeworks car parks and have three, yes fucking three double vodkas spilt by various clumsy cunts that polluted my vicinity. During my anguish, the horrific sounds of a man drowning in tar reached my ears, upon further investigation I realised the noise was in fact, Rompeprop. Guttural simplistic grind and a good deal of banter make this band lots of fucking fun in between sustaining injuries and finding yourself on the floor. It must be said that at this point, the night takes a certain nostalgic haze for some reason or another, but I do remember the crowd bouncing to the jiggery like lunatics.

My night ended here with me having to leg it for the train at this point whilst simultaneously trying to keep a large quantity of liquid inside my body and realising I’m horribly unfit, so unfortunately Acoustic Womb, were missed, although I’m assured it was beautiful.

I’ll bet by this point Paul Priest hears people saying thanks in his sleep but it’s certainly deserved with effort gone through to make ‘Kin Hell Fest number II such a success, and creating a proper festival vibe at the well suited Templeworks. Well played all who contributed.

Michael Collins

Click here for full review of Friday 26th April
Click here for full review of Sunday 28th April

‘Kin Hell Fest 2013 Preview – Saturday

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

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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!

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Nu Pogodi! – 13:10-13:35

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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!

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Sloth Hammer – 13:50-14:15

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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.

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BongCauldron – 14:30-14:55

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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!

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Prolefeed – 15:10-15:35

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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.

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Regurgitate Life – 15:50-16:20

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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.

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The Atrocity Exhibit – 16:40-17:10

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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!

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Cancerous Womb – 17:25-17:55

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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.

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Ishmael – 18:15-18:45

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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.

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Flayed Disciple – 19:00-19:30

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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.

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Asomvel – 19:45-20:15

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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!

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Palehorse – 20:35-21:10

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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.

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Alkerdeel – 21:25-22:05

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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.

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The Afternoon Gentlemen – 22:25-22:55

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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.

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Rompeprop – 23:15-00:00

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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.

Peter Clegg

Asomvel added to ‘Kin Hell Fest + your band could play!

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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!

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Please continue to check the official site and the Facebook page for more information on the festival. Tickets still available!

Peter Clegg

A Den of Robbers – Plagues

Just prior to the turn of the year Belgian d-beat/grinders A Den of Robbers put out a new video for the song ‘Plagues’, taken from the split release with fellow Belgians Alkerdeel on Counseling Records. A fine song it is, and a fine video it is too, with some live shots of the band, as well as a few unconventional circle pits that they may or may not have started. Its not the most spectacular vid but it is striking, and if you’ve never heard them before, be sure to check them out now before they hit the UK for ‘Kin Hell Fest in April. Excellent stuff.

Peter Clegg

And the first bands for ‘Kin Hell Fest 2 are…

It’s barely been a week since the sequel to the original ‘Kin Hell Fest in Leeds was announced, and already the festival has secured the first eleven bands for its new three-day format!

So without further ado, here they are:

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Yes yes yes! That flyer does confirm shithot death-thrashers Flayed Disciple, drone overlords Bong, avant-garde black metallers A Forest of Stars and some ripping death metal filth from Cancerous Womb are just a few of the names confirmed to tear up The Well! Also announced, returning from last year’s fest are The Atrocity Exhibit and Foetal Juice, who smashed the fest a new one last year, and more new names in the form of Masochist and Nu Pogodi.

And for the first time, the fest is bringing over Euro acts for the first time, in the shape of Belgium’s Alkerdeel & A Den of Robbers, plus Holland’s party grind legends Rompeprop, whose name is most prominent on the above flyer and with good reason too! Wow, this is shaping up very nicely indeed!

Ticket prices will be announced shortly. The fest will run from 7pm-midnight on the Friday, from 12pm to midnight on the Saturday, and from 1-9pm on the Sunday, allowing plenty of time for that last train home.

The official ‘Kin Hell Fest site has all the videos and info you need on the bands, so get over there now and prepare yourself for one of 2013’s top extreme parties!

Peter Clegg

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