Iron Reagan – Spoiled Identity EP

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Iron Reagan
Spoiled Identity EP
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Given away as a free flexi-disc vinyl with Decibel magazine, but available as a free download for anyone and everyone, this release sees the band at their fastest and indeed briefest that they’ve ever been. This is fastcore done fast, crossover with brevity, but losing none of its hardcore punk sneer or attitude. Not even Municipal Waste, the main concern of IR members Tony Foresta and Ryan Waste, pursued speed like this at such relentlessness. Only the title track exceeds a minute, with song length cast aside for micro thrash diatribes like ‘Your Kids an Asshole’, ‘Cops Don’t Like Me, I Don’t Like Cops’, and more. Really you can’t pick out a stand out track on a release like this, as it just bounces from one song to the next and the name of the game is to keep up. Just download it and enjoy what you’re hearing. Rarely does anyone do crossover this right these days.

Peter Clegg

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‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 Preview – Saturday

Welcome back to our comprehensive preview of ‘Kin Hell Fest 2014. If Friday’s line-up wasn’t enough for you, Saturday’s bill features no less than 15 bands, ranging from the fastest to the slowest, and indeed spanning the modern era of extremity to its very origins. There should be something for you all here. Doors at 12pm Saturday, first band at 1pm. Go!

Esoteric Youth – 13:00-13:25

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Describing themselves as ‘the most evil band out of Manchester since Oasis’, this blackened hardcore crew who have been making inroads into the fulcrum of the UK scene since emerging with their demo in 2012 – their bleak crusty diatribes should prove a wake-up slap in the chops for anyone still recovering from Friday’s madness.

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Gets Worse – 13:40-14:05

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Another local act, these guys were named in our top 10 short releases for 2013 with ‘Negative’. They have no time for false grinders, pit violence, and indeed as Manowar, and a cracking Scottish blog might say, ‘wimps and posers, leave the hall’!

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Wizard’s Beard – 14:20-14:50

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Smashing stoner/sludge metallers in the vein of Iron Monkey, Weedeater, etc. who continue to raise the bar in what is deemed ‘heavy’. Blogs and zines have raved about their records ‘Pure Filth’ and ‘Four Tired Undertakers’, so buckle up and get your grooves on. This is about to get heeeeeavy.

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Noise Complaint – 15:05-15:30

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Cosmopolitan crossover thrashers Noise Complaint are rooted firmly in the UK, bringing together members from the USA, Italy and Brazil. Speed is the name of the game here and you’d be well urged to keep up. These guys are nuts.

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Monolithian – 15:45-16:15

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This Falmouth duo are creating welcome noise in the UK scene for their bleak and heavy jams that outgun and rise above more populous doom bands. Released a cracking split with hardcore crew Let It Die last year.

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Arkham Witch – 16:30-17:00

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Keighley-based traditional heavy/doom metallers with anthems of Lovecraftian horror, upholding metal values, mythology and famous comic books characters among others. Cracking retro worship.

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Acrania – 17:15-17:45

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Brutally pounding death metal from London featuring members of Pathology and Bloodshot Dawn. Brace yourselves – circle pits are coming!

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Jesus Cröst – 18:00-18:30

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Word is this is going to be the last show ever from the Dutch two-piece, who’ve been ploughing out good-time speedy grind for over 15 years now. With that in mind, let’s give them the ravenous send off they deserve.

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Grave Miasma – 18:50-19:25

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Fantastic old-school death metal crew from London who released the future underground classic ‘Odori Sepulcrorum’ in 2013. Being hailed as one of the flagbearers of the old-school renaissance of the genre by many leading blogs and zines, it’s time to fall under their spell.

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Deviated Instinct – 19:40-20:15

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For me, personally, these guys are going to be completely unmissable. Legendary 80’s crust-punks who reactivated in 2007 and put out their first record in 21 years with 2012’s ‘Liberty Crawls to the Sanctuary of Slaves’. This year marks 30 years since their inception, one of the true pioneers of the scene, and fans new and old can expect a raucous and furious show. Expect the pit to go truly nuts at this point.

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Hawk Eyes – 20:30-21:10

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Mad scientists of rock who incorporate elements of punk, hardcore, electronic and all manner of experimentalism to their sound, bothering mainstream rags and trendies as well as accumulating a rabid following. Hometown show for this lot, guaranteed to be packed out.

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Khuda – 21:25-22:05

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They’re back! Following their decision to disband early in 2013, Leeds’ post-rockers Khuda have reformed to record a new album and to play KHF, in doing so returning to the festival where they stole the show according to our occasional scribe Mike who witnessed them back in 2011. A truly awesome experience to watch and a swerve in direction from the madness that precedes it.

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Anaal Nathrakh – 22:25-23:30

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The reigning overlords of British extreme metal arrive in Leeds as Saturday headliners and ready to lay waste to the Vox Warehouse.

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Birdflesh – 23:50-00:25

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One of the most crackers bands to ever raise hell in grind, Swedish trio Birdflesh bring hell to town in a UK exclusive performance. Expect wild costume, bonkers antics and some classic grindcore from the scene freaks.

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The Day Man Lost – 00:40-01:00

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Preston grinders The Day Man Lost reformed to play the festival last year and emerged as one of its highlights. These guys are brutal, easily one of the most essential UK grind bands on the scene, and will provide a perfectly crazy end to the Saturday with short sharp blasts of purified rage.

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The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell – Blow Up the Xmas Tree

We Must Obey has not had much time to really look for any alternative Christmas stuff this year, and to be honest the well is running a little bit dry. Thankfully, psychedelic rockers The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, in addition to having the most glorious name in rock music right now, have also shown a penchant for parody and indeed something a little unexpected. Hence the potential reasoning behind choosing to record ‘Blow Up the Xmas Tree’, a not-so-faithful cover of infamous crossover legends, Fearless Iranians From Hell’s ‘Blow Up the Embassy’. And it’s not so festive either, declaring ‘I’m going to blow up an elf tonight’ as it kicks into gear. It’s an enjoyable cover and perhaps as aggressive, and indeed comical, as you’ll likely hear the Admirals. It’s limited to 100 vinyl copies, so there’s pretty much nil chance of this being a festive chart-topper, but you can stream it above and rock out with the meagre Christmas spirit you can call upon.

Peter Clegg

Power Trip supporting Bane in the UK/EU!

Have a gander at the latest press release from Rarely Unable, in support of Texan thrashers Power Trip’s foray over to European shores with a tour alongside hardcore legends Bane and hardcore sharks Blkout, due to begin next Monday in Germany, before landing in the UK two days later!

POWER TRIP PREPARE A CROSSOVER TAKEOVER OF THE UK/EU WITH BANE

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Power Trip, thrashers of the upmost quality, have announced a November European tour alongside righteous hardcore troupe Bane and groovin’ hardcore act Blkout. Having earlier this year released ‘Manifest Decimation‘ on Southern Lord to overwhelming acclaim from critics, thrash purists and the hardcore community alike, they plan to set in stone their phenomenal reputation on these shores with downright outrageous live shows.  Here are the full tour listings:
 
TOUR DATES

04.11.13 Germany, Bochum @ Bahnhof Langendreer  
05.11.13 Holland, Dordrecht @ Bibelot  
06.11.13 UK, London @ Underworld  
07.11.13 UK, Glasgow @ The Classic Grand  
08.11.13 UK, Manchester @ Sound Control  
09.11.13 UK, Basingstoke @ Sanctuary   
10.11.13 Belgium, Antwerpen @ Kavka   
11.11.13 Germany Göttingen @ Lumière  
12.11.13 Germany, Lindau @ Club Vaudeville   
13.11.13 Germany, München @ Feierwerk   
14.11.13 Switzerland, St. Gallen @ Kugl  
15.11.13 Italy, Egna/Neumarkt @ Point  
16.11.13 Germany, Lichtenstein @ Jz Riot   
17.11.13 Austria, Salzburg @ Rockhouse
18.11.13 Hungary, Budapest @ Dürer Kert  
19.11.13 Poland, Poznan @ Pod Minoga  
20.11.13 Germany, Hannover Chez Heinz  
21.11.13 Denmark, Lyngby @ Templet   
22.11.13 Sweden, Stockholm @ Bergsund Strand 43  
23.11.13 Sweden, Motala @ Kulturakademin, Dead Fest  
24.11.13 Germany, Hamburg @ Hafenklang  
25.11.13 Germany, Berlin @ Cassiopeia  
26.11.13 Germany, Frankfurt @ 11er
 
Amidst massive touring over the past five years, and having unloaded a cache of demos, splits and D.I.Y. releases along the way, the high-powered metallic punk/hardcore attack of Dallas-based Power Trip caught the attention of Southern Lord, who brought the crew on-board for the release of their first full-length. Recorded by Arthur Rizk and Daniel Schmuck in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Argyle, Texas, and produced, mixed, and mastered by Arthur Rizk at Solomon’s Gate in Philadelphia, the eight tracks on ‘Manifest Decimation‘ hurtle the band’s “steel, speed and destruction” ethos direct at the jugular with thirty-five minutes of crossover intensity that sounds like it was excavated from a 1987 time capsule with sixteen tons of radioactive dynamite. The intense album layout was created by Italian artist Paolo “Madman” Girardi, completing this vile package which was delivered via Southern Lord in June this year.
 
You can stream ‘Manifest Decimation‘ via Southern Lord’s Power Trip Bandcamp page: http://powertripsl.bandcamp.com/

Peter Clegg

‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 update – more bands, early bird tickets + more

+ We Must Obey officially supporting ‘Kin Hell Fest 2014!

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We are very happy to confirm that once again, ‘Kin Hell Fest have added We Must Obey as one of its official supporters/promoters of its festival, after our coverage of the 2013 edition. We’re absolutely honoured, thrilled and suitably stoked to be part of the alumni, as the fest is set to be even bigger than ever before.

A lot has happened though considering our coverage dropped somewhat because of my running/fundraising exploits and generally a lack of access and family issues to contend with that has really got in the way. ‘Kin Hell Fest have indeed added more in the way of details since then and as such, I’ve constructed this mega-post to get you all up to speed with what’s going on.

What we know so far:

The latest additions

Some stonking bands were added to the line-up very recently, including perhaps the biggest name to be drawn to the fest so far, in the name of Birmingham’s harshest extreme metallers Anaal Nathrakh. Also added are Rot in Hell, hardcore merchants featuring members of UK scene legends Voorhees, as well as Dutch groovy grind/powerviolence freaks Jesus Crost, Falmouth doom duo Monolithian, brutal German slammers Pighead, and Derby’s twisted-punk psychos Ephemeral Foetus

We also got a self-confirm for the first time in the fest’s history, as Leeds post-rock duo Khuda, who split last year, confirmed their appearance at the fest in a one-off reunion set!

Just a couple of days ago, the festival organisers outdid themselves again, with the announcement of five more bands, including Swedish comedy grindnuts Birdflesh, playing their first UK show, a one-off exclusive, since 2006, and Leeds riff lords Hawk Eyes. Both play the fest for the first time and diversify the line-up further than ever before. Also making their first appearances are London’s old-school progressive heavy metallers Amulet, and UK-based crossover thrashers Noise Complaint, comprising members from the USA, Brazil and Italy. Finally, returning for seconds this year are one of 2013’s most impressive acts, Preston grinders The Day Man Lost. Man, they crushed the fest on the Sunday this year and by George, its great to have them back.

Dates

A pre-show will take place on Friday April 26th, 2014 to serve as a preamble to festivities. This show will take place at Eiger Studios in Leeds, with a line-up to be announced.

The main festival itself will take place on the weekend of Friday May 2nd to Sunday May 4th, 2014, at the Vox venue in Leeds.

Bands

27 bands have been announced so far:

Anaal Nathrakh; Wodensthrone; Birdflesh; Hawk Eyes; Deviated Instinct; Ingested; Khuda; Conquest of Steel; Crepitation; Evisorax; Pighead; Necro Deathmort; Jesus Crost; Acrania; Haar; XisforEyes; Amulet; Gets Worse; Noise Complaint;  Iniquitous Savagery; Monolithian; The Day Man Lost; Rot In Hell; Wizard’s Beard; Ephemeral Foetus; Famine; Death Tripper

12 more bands still to be announced, plus the pre-show line-up which is set to be an all-dayer, with announcement of 11 bands for that show at the beginning of 2014, bringing the total up to 50 bands!

Tickets

Early bird tickets for  the fest are now on sale at a modest £49 for at least 39 bands. But be quick – they’re limited to 200 and likely to go quickly! Head here to get yours. More tickets will go on sale at a later date, for both the main festival and the pre-show. The fest are also exploring camping and travel options. Keep your eyes and ears on those if you live many miles away from Leeds.

Finally…

The revamped ‘Kin Hell Fest website is now up and running for 2014. Bigger and better than before, go check it out for the latest news, tickets, band profiles and forum discussion.

You can also keep up to date with the festival and all incoming news on Facebook, and now on Twitter as well.

Phew, that was exhausting. But rest assured, we aim to pick ourselves back up and support this festival loud and proud, heading into 2014 and beyond. Stay tuned for further updates!

Peter Clegg

Suicidal Tendencies – 13

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Suicidal Tendencies
13
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Amidst all the hoohah, hype and hurrah over Black Sabbath’s ‘13‘, you’d be forgiven for overlooking the fact that crossover legends Suicidal Tendencies have too released their thirteenth album. While they have faded from the major picture, Suicidal never really went away, and are still highly celebrated wherever they tour. But on record, they seem to have never hit the heights they achieved in the 80’s and early 90’s and it had been a while since they recorded any new original material. Roughly 13 years, in fact, despite a slew of split album releases along the way. Still, somewhere inside, ST have to consider whether indeed they’re ‘Still Cyco After All These Years‘.

‘Shake It Out’, the opening track, begins with Mike Muir introducing himself as ‘Cyco Miko’ and ‘a maniac’. The rest of the track itself is a little by numbers, though certainly catchy in some respects. Things shift up a gear with the shredding ‘Smash It’, a bruising encounter which takes up the shred and slam gauntlet well and truly. From then on in ’13’ rides on a series of sublime lead riffs, courtesy of Muir’s Infectious Grooves cohort Dean Pleasants, occasional funk forays and Muir’s rallying verbal and sometimes philosophical musings. The riffs keep rolling (‘Who’s Afraid?’) and the invitations to party continue to be posted (‘Slam City’). By the end, things get positively uplifting, if only in a musical sense, with the funk-infused ‘Life (Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It)’ and the climactic closer ‘This World’, which reaches its crescendo behind a superb lead riff and Muir’s call of ‘This world don’t deserve my love‘. Its a thoroughly triumphant and defiant way to finish, as though all those who doubted whether Suicidal still had the goods really matter at all. Indeed, not a single fuck was given – even if this was to be a last hurrah, or a flailing haymaker from a former heavyweight champion in the 12th round, ‘13‘ lands the knockout blow in stunning fashion, a resounding riposte, and therefore an album entirely deserving of your eardrums. True, it’s not quite a return to the halcyon days of the 80’s and early 90’s, but ST remain just as relevant now as they were way back when.

Peter Clegg

Suicidal Tendencies – Smash It!

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