‘Kin Hell Fest 2013 Preview – Friday

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We proudly previewed the inaugural ‘Kin Hell Fest without even being asked to when it took place in November 2011, and now we’re doing it again, with an even bigger job to do this time. Last time, we split our preview into three parts, featuring four or five bands from across the day. With the festival now extended to three days and featuring twenty-one more bands than last time, our preview is now bursting at the seems with extreme goodness!

Friday’s doors will open at 6:00pm (18:00, 24-hour fans) and will not close til 2:00am the following morning! So here we go, without further ado, we profile the bands set to rock The Templeworks on the opening evening, complete with scheduled stage times too:

Rectal Implosion – 18:40-19:05

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Two local Leonians form the chaotic two-man grind attack that is Rectal Implosion. While not having any recorded material to date, they regularly blitz the local scene with a dizzying technical assault that will no doubt light the torchpaper for the weekend. Make sure you get out of work on time and avoid the rush hour traffic if you’re keen on catching these!

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Acolyte – 19:20-19:45

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A cracking up and coming black metal band from Manchester, taking their cues from the progressive greats of Scandinavian metal, including Enslaved, Immortal and Opeth. Recently signed with Mordgrimm Records and will be releasing their debut album ‘Alta’ on Tuesday 7th May.

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Magpyes – 20:00-20:25

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Leeds black/grind crew that are popular in these parts and are never short on harrowing delivery every single time. Relative stalwarts of the UK underground, they’ve got a slew of releases to their name including a prominent spot on the ‘Split Roast’ compilation with other KHF acts Diascorium and Cancerous Womb among others, and their damaging onslaught is not one to be missed.

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Ravenage – 20:40-21:10

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With strength in numbers – seven of them, to be precise – this Hull tribe are set to bring the folk/pagan metal element with a vengeance to ‘Kin Hell Fest. You’d be a sad sap if you were the only one in the audience with a bottle of grog in your hand as they play through songs such as ‘More Beer!’ Life ain’t so serious, and if you’re after something different from the usual live-audio violence, Ravenage will bring the swords, the fire, and the glory to Leeds!

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Kastrated – 21:25-21:55

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These morbid Burnley lads are back with new material in the works and come to Leeds to bring their slamming death metal back to shake The Templeworks to its foundations into the wee early hours. Expect crude humour and plenty of slam opportunities!

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Winterfylleth – 22:15-23:00

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Undoubtedly one of the biggest draws of the festival, Winterfylleth are not to be missed by anyone’s standards. Without question the premier band in UK black metal circles at the moment, their last album ‘The Threnody of Triumph’ being a hugely critical triumph straddling atop many metal fans best of lists in 2012, and having performed at 2012 fests including Bloodstock, Wacken Open Air, and the French Hellfest, its indeed a massive honour for them to headline KHF and is all set to be one of the weekend’s highlights.

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Gore – 23:20-23:50

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Bradford based goregrind group who come with good reasons to lock up your fish tanks, secure your ponds, hailing they and their followers to be ‘Goruguayans’, and have been pumping out all kinds of silly grind sewage for years – since 2001 to be precise – and its going to be quite something to have Gore appearing at ‘Kin Hell Fest. Underrated legends of the scene, come and get your scuzz on!

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Diascorium – 00:05-00:35

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Organiser Paul Priest and his fellow local lads follow on from the headliners in what will be their final show, parting ways due to constraints making band life impossible to enforce – nevertheless, they promise to dizzy heads one more time with their hugely technical black/death/grind/jazz/whatever metal blitz. Out with a bang, lads!

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We will return tomorrow with the second part of our huge preview, and oh yes, it will be huge!

Peter Clegg

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‘Kin Hell Fest news overload!

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There’s been some changes going on with ‘Kin Hell Fest in the last couple of weeks, and rather than me explaining it all, I’m lifting the official press release as posted on their official page. Needless to say, there’s the odd disappointment but there’s still plenty to cheer. Please read on below:

So, there’s been a lot going on in the last couple of weeks again with the festival. Here it is in brief as time is tight…

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE BILL! – Corrupt Moral Altar This veritable underground supergroup have only been around a few months but already making massive waves, come witness their weird and awesome brand of sludgey riffy grind on the Sunday.

Cancerous Womb will be playing an ‘Acoustic Womb’ set as well! Acoustic death metal shall be following Rompeprop on the Saturday night for a bit of extra special fun.

– We add Grindscene Records to our list of helpers and associates, the awesome Irish label have been helping us with flyer printing and word spreading of late.

Bong have moved from the Saturday to the Sunday so they can also take in another gig in London on the Saturday. They are perfectly placed (I hope you’ll agree) in between Iron Witch and A Forest Of Stars!

A FEW BITS OF BAD NEWS… – Lazarus Blackstar have had to pull out due to understandable personal reasons.

– This will be Diascorium‘s last gig. The band part ways after that (with the exception of a hopeful last recording of their new bonkers material). No bad blood in the band, just each member’s personal circumstances making it not possible to continue. Witness their final set late on Friday night.

MORE FEST INFO! – Full running orders and times are on the TICKETS page. Winterfylleth won’t be on last but are still the Friday headliners, for those knowledgeable of European festivals, it’s often the case to have other bands after the headliners, and to accommodate a lot of people traveling to see these guys, we have them finishing by 11pm. – We will hopefully be unveiling one, or maybe even two t-shirt designs that will hopefully be up for advance order soon. The mightily talented Steve Myles (Khuda / Royal Park Cellars) has been beavering away on some daft ideas for us, the results will hopefully be spread around very soon.

CRASH SPACE! – We can happily announce that Eiger Music Studios will be hosting after show gathering / party / chill out areas / crash space for people, just £5 in and you can stay the night, carry on drinking, eat, chat and order takeaway, as well as sleep! Full details in the HOTELS section on this site. Hopefully this will help people make the decision to come to the fest from afar, as you will now be able to get a full weekend ticket and a place to crash for just £50!

TICKET PRICES ON THE DOORS ANNOUNCED… – Friday will be £10 (£9 in advance) – Saturday will be £17 (£16 in advance) – Sunday will be £13 (£11 in advance) – Full weekend ticket will be £39 on the door (£35 in advance)

Without wanting to beg, but the sooner people sort out their advance tickets, the more this will help the festival as there are things we need to pay for in advance to make it happen. We have recently had a few setbacks with the technical side of things, and with just FIVE WEEKS TO GO until ‘kin Hell Fest 2013, we need to know that you, the awesome audience, are all fully behind this and supporting us, otherwise there will be no future festivals. So, please, if your intentions are to come to this, please get your tickets in advance of the date, and it will help us out a lot more than you realise. Any word spreading of this website, the flyer and the event page is immensely appreciated. You can all say you’ve played a massive part in the success of this festival, into making sure all the bands don’t make a loss on their travel from all over the UK and Europe, and that we can confidently book 2014 with a few even bigger bands.

Cheers, Paul / ‘kin Hell Fest

So there you have it. Hit up the link in the top corner now – only FIVE WEEKS TO GO!

Peter Clegg