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

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


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


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


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

Buy/download ‘The Persecuting Society’ here (name-your-price)

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PLF – Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter


Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter
Six Weeks

Did you know that P.L.F used to stand for Pretty Little Flower? Me neither. Not the most brutal name a deathgrind band could give itself. But beyond that dainty moniker – since changed to Pulverizing Lethal Force – there ain’t nothing quaint about the Houston, Texas crew or their sixth album ‘Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter’. Indeed, this record hits you like a massive slap in the face right from the off, blasting and grinding its way through 14 tracks of no-nonsense intensity. I don’t have to say much about this record, other than that if songs like ‘Grinder of Fools’ and ‘Dissolution of Human Rights Part 4’ are anything to go by, then P.L.F have got their shit nailed down tight. They have ex-Phobia/Gridlink/Kill the Client drummer Bryan Fajano in their ranks, and he is a beast on the kit behind the rest of the band. It’s fairly short but at fourteen songs averaging a least a minute if not more, there’s plenty of gunpowder in this cannon to lose yourself to. Its a fair bit samey in places but with plenty of shifting between blasting and thrashy riffing it comfortably avoids dropping into stale territory. Wake up and smell the greenery, this is a phenomenal grind bomb, go get yourself some now.

Peter Clegg

Buy ‘Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter‘ here