‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 – Napalm Death announced as headliners!

+ Pentagram (Chile), Lock-Up and more announced; day splits confirmed!

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In what is undoubtedly one of the biggest coups for the festival since its inception in 2011, ‘KHF have confirmed a triple signing of epic proportions! The biggest news is that Birmingham’s legendary and defining grindcore act, Napalm Death, will be headlining the first night of the festival on Friday May 2nd in what will surely be a performance not to be missed! And in a further scoop, the festival has also confirmed the presence of one of the pioneers of extreme metal, Pentagram Chile! Resurging following the release of ‘The Malefice’, their debut album which was twenty-eight years in the making, they will also be taking the stage on the Friday night in what is likely to be a rare, if not a one-off, opportunity to see one of the trailblazers for extreme metal as it was to become.

As if that wasn’t enough, it was confirmed late this past Friday night that the festival had also signed deathgrind supergroup Lock Up to perform alongside those two bands on the Friday night. Furthermore, all three of those bands have been confirmed as UK festival exclusives. What an explosive night of extreme metal that promises to be.

Another three bands have also been announced, including the return of one man tech-death machine Regurgitate Life, blackened crust/d-beat Mancunians Esoteric Youth and rising brutal death metallers Unfathomable Ruination. They join a line up that also includes headliners Anaal Nathrakh, Swedish grind freaks Birdflesh (UK exclusive), US death metallers Malignancy, Wodensthrone, Desecration, Hawk Eyes, Khuda, Deviated Instinct and many, many more.

It’s not all good news – two of the fest’s heavy hitters, Liverpudlian doomers Conan and German pounders Pighead have both had to pull out for various reasons. The festival however, is looking as splendid as ever, with its biggest hitting line-up in history. One more headliner is still to be announced with a further four bands to be announced very soon.

With the festival approaching in 3 1/2 months, the organisers have now confirmed the day splits for this year’s festivities. These are as follows:

Friday (1400-0100 hrs): NAPALM DEATH, Lock Up, Pentagram Chile, band tba, band tba, Ingested, Evisorax, Haar, Iniquitous Savagery, Necro Deathmort, band TBA, Ephemeral Foetus, Death Tripper

Saturday (1230-0100 hrs): ANAAL NATHRAKH, Birdflesh, Hawk Eyes, Khuda, Deviated Instinct, Jesus Crost, band TBA, Acrania, Monolithian, Amulet, Noise Complaint, Gets Worse, Wizard’s Beard, Famine, Esoteric Youth, The Day Man Lost

Sunday (1230-2300 hrs): Headliner TBA; Desecration, Wodensthrone, Malignancy, Crepitation, Holocausto Canibal, Conquest of Steel, Unfathomable Ruination, Basement Torture Killings, Palm Reader, Regurgitate Life, Rot In Hell, Shields

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In further news, the line-up for the ‘KHF pre-show is now complete, with an equally awesome line-up comprising of KHF faves of old and further fresh meat serving up the party. Past festival acts The Afternoon Gentlemen, Palehorse and Foetal Juice currently sub-headline an incredible prelude to the main festival, now renamed the ‘Yorkshire Riffer‘, which also includes Bongcauldron, Scordatura, Gods of Hellfire, Ninkharsag, Black Skies Burn, Bludger, Rectal Implosion, No Fucks Given, Sathanel, and Cattle. They’ve just to confirm the headliner for this event, which will surely be a stonker if these latest announcements are anything to go by.

Tickets are still available for both the main festival, taking place on the weekend of Friday May 2nd-Sunday May 4th, and the pre-show, happening the week before on Saturday April 26th. They can be obtained via the official ‘Kin Hell Fest site. And for all the latest announcements, news, updates, and other jollies, head over to the official ‘Kin Hell Fest Facebook page, and also here, via their Twitter feed.

Peter Clegg

Occultist – Death Sigils

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Occultist
Death Sigils
Primitive Ways

Richmond, Virginia, is no stranger to birthing numerous cracking metal bands over the years, from GWAR to Lamb of God to Municipal Waste among many others, and now we can add Occultist to the thriving metal city’s list of awesomeness. Make no mistake, this is a thoroughly monstrous record by a monstrous band, punctuated by numerous riffs of crusty shells, thrash underlayers, and black metal infused incantations. Key to this is vocalist Kerry, who at times is the proverbial daemoness, spewing hell forth and summoning apocalyptic thunder in her vocal delivery, underpinned by impressive guitar work, reckless solo worship and excellently timed shifts in tempo. The band can sail along a loud and malevolent groove comfortably before dropping the warning signal and unleashing a battering turn of speed, evidenced excellently on tracks like ‘Devil’s Breath’ and ‘A Hell for the Innocent’. There’s nothing I don’t love about this release. Yes, the title track is eerily similar to Slayer’s ‘Hell Awaits’ at the beginning, and the riff that carries ‘Path of the Damned’ has a distinct Motörhead/Saxon influence about it, but rather than mark them down for these traits, it’s better to celebrate how they harness them, creating an ultimately dark but violent, malevolent concoction. All these elements together, put simply, leaves you with a banger like ‘Death Sigils‘.

Peter Clegg

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Weekend Nachos – Still

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Weekend Nachos
Still
Relapse

If there’s one thing guaranteed about Weekend Nachos it’s that, aside from having one of the most awesome band names ever, they don’t muck about, an ethos that beginning barely as ‘Sickened No More’ opens up their fourth album, and their debut for Relapse. There’s not an awful lot of change to be found here, which when you’re Weekend Nachos isn’t a bad thing – when you’ve come to expect their furious intensity you’d expect nothing less. But the sludgier sections we’ve heard from them in the past aren’t often present here, with a bit more leaning towards old-school hardcore and crust-punk in their sound than previously granted. Case in point: ‘S.C.A.B.’, where vocalist John Hoffman bellows ‘Did you experience greed and brutality/or did you read about it out of a lyric sheet?’, calling out bands writing about police brutality without knowing or experiencing a thing about it. Or the title track which undeniably lends itself to crossover appeal, like Suicidal Tendencies and Poison Idea getting together and birthing a party monster. Not to say they’ve dispensed with the slow trudge, as they slow down to a crawl on tracks such as ‘Watch You Suffer’ and Ignore’, albeit more briefly than on previous releases. The main thing here is that whatever they’re going for they land their punches with frequent accuracy, whether it’s the bodyslamming riff in ‘No Idols No Heroes’, the care-free nature of ‘Late Night Walks’, and the confrontational ‘Yes Way’, where Hoffman challenges ‘Fight me/with what you’ve got’ and later promising ‘I will kill you‘. Crikey.

Clearly some people have a problem with the macho lyrics on display here, and I’ve noticed some flame for Weekend Nachos from people who have nothing better to do than scold. If you don’t like it, why are you paying attention? This is a band who’ve been around a fair bit and you should know what to expect. Fact is, Weekend Nachos clearly couldn’t give a hoot who they offend and who they rub up the wrong way, and ‘Still’ continues this trend in excellent form – I’d vouch this is a slight step up from their previous album ‘Worthless’, though not massively different, but for at least mixing things up while retaining their usual urgency and spit and not compromising it for one second.

Peter Clegg

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