‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 – The final six acts confirmed!

It felt like forever since the ‘Kin Hell Fest organisers gave us the explosive announcement of not one, not two, but three top UK exclusives in Friday’s triple loaded-bill of Pentagram Chile, Lock Up, and Napalm Death. Since then, the festival has been teasing the announcement of the third headliner, the closing act of this year’s edition of the festival.

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With expectation starting to reach fever pitch, with interest in the festival reaching new record numbers, it is with great excitement that we can bring you the news that British thrash legends Onslaught will close out proceedings on the final night of action. And if that wasn’t enough, Floridian death metal veterans Massacre are arriving as main support. They are about to release their first album in over 18 years, titled ‘Back From Beyond‘, and if nothing guarantees that Sunday will be a day for you to bang your head!

Also announced were rising UK death metallers Grave Miasma, Oxford’s melancholic doom/drone quartetUndersmile, hardcore/powerviolence stormersEmployed to Serve, and last but not least, our occasional scribe Michael Collins will be performing having been recruited into his latest band, Manchester riff merchants Pist!

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In further pleasant news, the riff lords that are slow, foreboding US sludge/doom duo Eagle Twin have been confirmed as the headline act for the ‘Yorkshire Riffer’ pre-show that takes place the week before the main festival. They join a stunning line-up including The Afternoon Gentlemen, Foetal Juice, Palehorse, BongCauldron, and many more.

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

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Cannabis Corpse/Ghoul – Splatterhash

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Cannabis Corpse/Ghoul
Splatterhash
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While it can be said that the label of ‘gimmick’ be branded on both these bands quite hardily is not without reason – one whose entire output is based on songs about weed largely parodying death metal overlords Cannibal Corpse (though not in creative form, at least), the other a band hailing from the spooky town of Creepsylvania, clad in executioner masks and witness to all manner of horrors. But cry joke at these bands at your peril. We’ve covered both Cannabis Corpse and Ghoul on We Must Obey before and can vouch for their excellent in providing the horrors in musical form. Now Tankcrimes, one of the raddest labels in the world, has got the two bands together for a split release, the latest in the labels line of outstanding splits, coming off the back of Exhumed and Iron Reagan’s get together late last year.

Thus ‘Splatterhash’ is born, already looking the part thanks to its Andrei Bouzikov artwork, nothing less than you’d expect and an awesome depiction of the two bands with an army of weed monsters and bong guns. But at for the music itself? Cannabis Corpse return to parodying Cannibal Corpse titles, this time from the ‘Evisceration Plague’ era. ‘The Inhalation Plague’ feels a bit of a mid-tempo riffer, not quite as thrilling as some of the band’s previous output, but it bakes well enough and provides a good opening for the second track, ‘Shatter Their Bongs’, which goes for a faster pace with some cracking tempo shifts, the glorious clean/death declaration of ‘We must/shatter their bongs!’ Its their first new material in two and a half years, but its looking good for the next full length, with a new three-piece line-up settled on, with Phil ‘Land Phil’ Hall still leading the charges. Meanwhile Ghoul are really on form, returning to original material after their covers EP ‘Intermediate Level Hard-Core’ last year. The five minute long ‘Inner Sanctum’ is a phenomenal ride, capturing the band’s wicked guitar tone to full effect and detailing a town full of savagery. Tell me if there’s a band who do gang vocals better at the moment, because the simple command of ‘Kill!‘ feels perfect within every aspect of this song. And after that, comes the faster, heavier and downright slamming ‘Spill Your Guts’, which is just a two minute chainsaw massacre in audio format. Delightful.

Peter Clegg

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‘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

Human Cull – The Persecuting Society

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Human Cull
The Persecuting Society

Plymouth grinders Human Cull have been pretty busy since we last reviewed them – we sadly missed their splits with Oblivionized (‘This Septic Isle’) and their intriguing slow jam ‘Cities Become Graves’ which featured on a split with Canadians Homolka. Both of these came out in 2012 along with the mini-album ‘Split Second Extinction’, so this marks the first release for the band in just over a year. Here they return to grind the axe at speed once again with six new tracks on an EP entitled ‘The Persecuting Society’. It’s nothing you wouldn’t expect from a grind band, but regardless, Human Cull still flex their muscles perfectly well, and these six tracks are perfect executions of the genre’s speed with a tinge of death metal influence held within too. Stream it below and get yourself the latest ice cold killer slab from the Plymouthian crew.

Peter Clegg

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Plague Rider – Plague Rider

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Plague Rider
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It’s always good to see young shoots grow into mighty oaks, as the saying goes, and its pleasing to report this of Durham/Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based death metal oiks Plague Rider. They released their original demo ‘Genetic Devolution‘ in 2011 which while showing great potential was spoiled a bit by its production values, which even for demo standards was a bit on the loud side and perhaps hid what the band were trying to offer. Now back and with much better production and a slicker overall product, their self-titled, self-released debut album is a tour-de-force and miasmic mix of old school death metal values given a modern, and at times technical flourish. There are some superb moments to behold, be in hammerhead title-track, the complex riffage of tracks such as ‘Subconscious Entrapment’, and the monstrous slow groove they drop into during ‘Universal Suffocation’, as satisfying as when Morbid Angel unloaded ‘Where the Slime Live’ on us. Fans of bands such as Death, Pestilence, and indeed newer tech-death bands like Obscura will find a lot of joy here, and hopefully 2014 will be the year of significant progress for this band, where there’s every chance of them stamping down a marker for their growing reputation within the thriving UK extreme scene.

Peter Clegg

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Geryon – Geryon

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Geryon
Geryon
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Geryon is the not-so-new project of Nicholas McMaster and Lev Weinstein, known primarily as now key figures in the New York progressive metal scene, due to their work with acts such as Krallice and Castevet. Before they joined Krallice, they formed as Astomatous (who you can read all about here – at Invisible Oranges). That project was mired into the cognitive backburner for a while but survived long enough to be reborn as Geryon. The two combine here, as with Astomatous, purely as a bass-and-drums death metal duo, and here they do an excellent job on Geryon’s s/t debut. The four tracks stand up well as they are put through an intense onslaught of bare bones riffing and battering with as much intensity and complexity as the musicians’ more well-known pursuits. What’s not to love about the breakdown that comes in ‘To The Silenced’, where McMaster delivers a jarring riff, undoubtedly highlighting the lack of a guitarist but equally proving an enthralling concept as well. Death metal often undervalues the power of a bassist, and here it takes centre stage, with fellow conspirator Weinstein hanging on for every twist and turn with precision blasting and verve. Having been allowed to fester in the forgotten catacombs for a year or two, the survival of this project and its overall outcome owes to its members’ time served within the New York scene; an enterprising work that is wholly worthy of your consideration.

You can stream this release below and purchase it from their Bandcamp page. A vinyl version will be coming through Gilead Media in early 2014. Recommended.

Peter Clegg

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