‘Kin Hell Fest set to unleash the ‘Yorkshire Riffer’!

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This Saturday marks the beginning of the now yearly festivities that bring forth some of the finest in heavy (and often extreme) music in all its forth, ‘Kin Hell Fest. And this year, they’re marking it with one almighty all dayer that has become known as the ‘Yorkshire Riffer’.

The line-up is a corking one, bringing together some of the local and national highlights of underground UK music, but also for the coup of headlining doom titans Eagle Twin! The duo, who released the phenomenal ‘The Feather Tipped the Serpent’s Scale’ in 2012 will arrive to lay down their punishing treacle grooves and thunderously heavy riffs to close out proceedings prior to the main fest kicking off the week after.

Not to overlook every band involved (and let’s face it, you’re going to get bang for your buck all damn day), here are five other good reasons why you should head down to Eiger Studios this Saturday:

The Afternoon Gentlemen

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The self-proclaimed boozejooglers are already known for being one of the UK’s tightest grindy/powerviolence bands and the kings of ‘poggerviolence’ are intent on solidifying that reputation. Just last week, they brought forth a ripping new track, ‘Grind in the Mind’. Whether they’re going fast or slow, TAG will captivate with precision within anarchy, however boozed up they are by gig time.

Foetal Juice

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They’re so offensively puntastic, even Dee Snider seems to like them! Despite upping the punnage to the max, FJ, led by their wild frontman Sam Read, are one of the best death metal bands stomping this country at the moment. Every track of theirs doesn’t muck around – they go straight for the jugular and as evidenced at KHF 2013, nobody stands still for these guys. Expect a wild time in the pit as FJ deliver party vibes and slamming pits.

Scordatura

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The band that brought us the Amy Winehouse-baiting ‘Back to Crack’ (just before she died) are one of the UK’s best proponents in deliverance of proper good death metal. Their debut album ‘Torment of the Weak’ was released last year and the band have supported more established bands such as Cerebral Bore and Blood Red Throne. It should only be a matter of time before they gain wider exposure, so don’t miss what is set to be a furious set from the Scots.

Ninkharsag

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The Liverpudlian black metallers were one of the opening acts at the inaugural KHF fest in November 2011, and they’ve been going from strength to strength since, tightening their sound and ensconcing their claim to be the blackest sound on the banks of the Mersey. Their limited release ‘The Essential Salts of Human Dust’ has got metal zines raving about them, and with an album supposedly ready and waiting to go, this is set to be a primal experience like no other.

Cattle

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Local lot Cattle are for me, the most intriguing band in the line-up. Eschewing the need for guitarists and instead employing two bassists and two drummers, they play an interesting brand of noise-rock which puts the bass as its forefront instrument, making sure every groove and nuance can be heard, while the drummers keep it together to ensure the whole rhythm section drives with power. Their debut EP was reviewed by us earlier this year (still streaming) and we still champion it now – their appearance will provide something not just a little different, but something worth your full attention.

The line-up also features veteran subjugators Palehorse, sludge rockers BongCauldron, grind nuttiness from No Fucks Given and Rectal Implosion, plus heavy doomers Gods of Hellfire, local metallers Bludger and blackened death crew Sathamel. Yorkshire Riffer is also licensed until 5am the following morning, so the fun doesn’t stop at doom o’clock! And the best bit about it all is, even when it’s finished, we get to do it all again next weekend!

Peter Clegg

Go follow C.L.D.H!

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We’re proud to announce that we’re in league with Manchester-based promotions crew C.L.D.H, who want to share, create, distribute and enjoy the best in heavy music, dark artwork and alternative culture. Their force includes Michael Collins who additionally writes for We Must Obey and leads on vocals/bass for doom trio Wort, as well as Foetal Juice vocalist and all round nice chap Sam Read. Go follow them. Now!

Peter Clegg

‘Kin Hell Fest 2013 – The Review! – Sunday 28th April

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Sunday 28th April

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I arrived a little bit late in the day, expecting to miss Envoys and DSDNT, with the sharper changeover times to make sure of that. Shyeah, right! It was a while before the Leeds hardcore crew were ready to go, allowing me plenty time for that flyer to go up and to grab a beer too. Still, when they did get going, the crowd received a pretty good set. There still seems to be a fair few people asleep, and they missed performance of real intensity, with the band’s vocalist allowed to stalk the floor and bellow his lungs out at any given moment while the others duelled out the soundtrack to their downbeat mood.

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Even that doesn’t prepare us though for The Day Man Lost, making a comeback with a new lineup. They pull off a set that’s all kinds of amazing, seamlessly shifting from one song to the next with little time to draw breath before the next grind barrage hits. The pit perimeter seems to widen with every song with more and more people wanting to enter the frenzy. This is quite possibly the best set of the weekend, hoovering even the most vaguely interested party into undiluted glee with the constant stab-stab-stab of subjugating sonic violence.

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Horsebastard aren’t bad either, albeit experiencing a slightly subdued atmosphere as for some reason all TDML fans disappeared. It’s a rollicking mix of grindy hardcore punk and political awareness, with Chris Reese of Corrupt Moral Altar doing vocal duties here too. Their bassist is fleet of finger and doesn’t relent for the entirety of the set. But having been a guitarist short for the entire set, they do well not submerge in a sea of low-end grooves, making the best of a potentially sticky situation and winding up impressing the pants off many.

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Corrupt Moral Altar trucker caps had been sighted frequently since the beginning of ‘Kin Hell Fest, suggesting there was definite buzz about the underground ‘supergroup’, and if there was anything tantamount to hype then CxMxA didn’t let anybody down. It’s a blistering set and blood is even shed in the pit as the chaos gets a little too rowdy.

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Wode appeared to suffer from technical glitches early on but still manage to plough out a few of their impressive blackened tunes. But the spark to ignite this particular set is somewhat missing. I get that not every musician wants to be an entertainer but with the vibe given off at this festival it would have been nice for the band to appear to enjoy themselves a little more. As it is, the appreciation shown by the crowd doesn’t seem entirely reciprocal, and the overall feeling is a little flat.

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The Sufferinfuck set could have suffered similarly from the opposite perspective, with the earlier hordes of grind rangers not showing up as frequently for the West Lothian powerviolence mob, but any doubts are cast aside from the opening blasts from the back of the room. This is one of most furious sets of the weekend, anf their singer screams himself hoarse, even roaring at one point to the switches on the wall. There’s just enough time at the end for everyone to catch their breath before they close on the cerebral ‘Nature Will Out’, allowing for one brief moment of foreboding malice before they throw the kitchen sink at it again. Bloody terrific.

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If the first chunk of the day was largely fast, it’s mid-section was about to hit a sudden bump in the road, and the Scouse whiskey machine Iron Witch were on hand to slow things down. Always a class act as usual, they manage to sneak in a new song or two and still retain a familiar feel about their set, with the new material from ‘Hangover Suicide‘ fitting like a glove. Today’s set felt like they were doom trippin’ more than the last time I saw them, which was back when ‘Single Malt‘ was the flavour, but that’s no bad thing when the riffs flow as they so often do, and

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Things slow down even further for the arrival of Bong. A divisive act, in terms of people who can’t stand drone no less stand through 40 minutes of it, and of course those who can, whether we’re into it or slightly curious. Those that stay are greeted with a masterful display of pure focus and attrition, building and maintaining the volume throughout, with only a morsel of chanted vocals and a spacey upward movement in tempo as the set progresses on which to hang any hat on the coathook of melody.

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The room become tightly packed for the return of Leeds’ own A Forest of Stars, who use their soundtrack to ensure everything is precise to the most minute detail. The local crowd seem more than happy to let them get on with it and they don’t disappoint, providing a thorough, professional and wholly unique experience. The septet and their ensemble of instruments fill the seemingly tiny stage yet the crowd equally squeezes down to the front to glimpse to see their unique blend of progressive black metal, holding everyone’s attention like the mass conductors they are.

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After that display of utmost composure and sincere appreciation, some depravity had to be in order, and London goregrind louts Gout were on hand to deliver it. Decked in their now trademark Hawaiian clothing and entering to the ‘Trololol’ song, the lights turn a blood red over the stage and when it all kicks in everything goes nuts. An explosion in the pit felt like it was forever waiting, until Gout came along and in one fell swoop opened up a sea of flailing, circling humanity. Eddie Spengler revels in his frontman role, unleashing ridiculous song titles – ‘Interspecies Zoophiliac Sex Safari’ being a nugget of pure gold in its utterance – and plumbing the deepest gutter of the vocal bucket whilst having a good old jape around the stage, as his bandmates blast and groove everything to pieces. It’s over in 30 minutes but the good times experienced here will long live on when looking back over this weekend.

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Not to be outdone, Bury death metallers Foetal Juice don’t waste too much time in delivering their own gleeful battering, hitting the jackpot with every song, vocalist Sam Read revelling in the role of growler and conjuror, keeping the crowd enthralled throughout and spending the whole gig with a maniacal expression across his face. 18 months ago they were a proud part of the original KHF. Sub-headlining this time around, how much longer before they’re headlining things like this in their own right?

Unfortunately, my carriage awaits as stamina gets the better of us and we decide to call it a night at a reasonable time. So apologies to Man Must Die and indeed Envoys from earlier, though I’m assured both were excellent.

Finally, I must close out this review with a massive thank you to Paul Priest and to all the KHF staff who made our time there very accommodating whilst running an excellent operation on a large scale throughout. I implore everyone to head over to the ‘Kin Hell Fest page over on Facebook and to continue to support this festival in any way, shape or form. We’d love to see this fest return in 2014 – it was a blast from start to finish, and its grand to see UK hardcore and metal, in all its forms, is very much alive and well in the catacombs of the underground.

Peter Clegg

‘Kin Hell Fest 2013 Preview – Sunday

All good things come to an end and the same is no different with the 2013 edition of ‘Kin Hell Fest. But will it go quietly? Of course not. There’s still another thirteen bands to see, and there’s an afterparty too for those who don’t have to jet for the last train home. So let’s round off this preview…

Envoys – 12:30-12:55

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Envoys are a lush instrumental post-rock/metal trio who certainly qualify as one of the more expansive bands on the line-up. Their 2012 demo (self titled as ‘E N V O Y S’) showcases a band full of potential.

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DSDNT – 13:10-13:35

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Local Leeds hardcore crew who formed in mid-2011 and have been tearing off limbs ever since. Their debut self-titled EP is up for free on their Bandcamp page and if Envoys don’t blast the cobwebs from Saturday away, DSDNT should certainly do the trick.

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Horsebastard – 13:50-14:15

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Assuredly free of any fraudulent horsemeat, this equine-loving crew are proprietors to head-shrinking grind and for one of 2012’s most disturbing and compelling videos, for the track ‘Short Controlled Bursts’. And that’s exactly what you’ll get here, as this Liverpudlian lot batter you time and time again with said accurate bursts.

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The Day Man Lost – 14:30-14:55

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Mourned by the Northern scene and by grind fans in the know when they originally split, Preston’s The Day Man Lost have returned with new blood and all new intensity. The mood is likely to be celebratory but at the same time it’s going to be downright nuts when they make mincemeat of the crowd with their furious assault.

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Corrupt Moral Altar – 15:10-15:40

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Making their first appearance in Leeds and indeed at this festival, Corrupt Moral Altar are a supergroup of sorts, containing members of Horsebastard, Magpyes, Malevolent Creation, and play ridiculously heavy, scuzzy sludge grind. ‘Luciferian Deathcult’ was more than just a warning shot, bringing to the fore classic vibes of Iron Monkey, Mistress and smoky bourbon. New release ‘Whiskey Sierra’ is set to prove that was no fluke. Do not miss.

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Wode – 15:55-16:25

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Fantastic up and coming black metal band from Manchester. Their drummer is also the lead vocalist, and he’s an absolute machine, especially on the kit. The rest of the band are up to his ability too. Certainly got the ability to be one of the highlights of the festival.

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Sufferinfuck – 16:40-17:05

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One of the many bands flying the flag for Scottish grind/powerviolence bring the pain to Leeds. They’ve been owning the scene over the border for a little while and now its England’s turn to be decimated by this West Lothian mob.

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Iron Witch – 17:20-17:50

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Highly talked about and full of boozy rage, Scouse sludge crew Iron Witch are going from strength to strength, off the back of two solid releases in the last year, ‘Post-Vegas Blues’, and their best work to date, ‘Hangover Suicide’. Unquestionably one of the bands you absolutely must not miss this weekend, though watch your drinks don’t go flying when the pit undoubtedly explodes in a fit of nihilistic rage.

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Bong – 18:10-18:50

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Even if you arrived ten minutes late into this band’s set, you probably won’t have missed much beyond the opening bars! In all seriousness though, Newcastle’s space-psych-doomers Bong will certainly be the trippiest band of the weekend, sending us all onto another plane whatever your poison is. A rare live outing not to be shunned.

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A Forest of Stars – 19:10-19:50

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Unquestionably one of the most intriguing acts the festival has to offer, A Forest of Stars are more than just your average black metal band, winning new fans and dividing current ones further with 2012’s masterful ‘A Shadowplay for Yesterdays’, rich in Victorian theme and avant-garde propensities. This Leeds crew are another stellar draw for the festival and their set ought to be warmly received by all.

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Gout – 20:05-20:35

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Smashing London lads who are quite good at this grind jiggery-pokery, embracing the fun and silly side of goregrind while at the same time embellishing its wicked tendencies. If you enjoy Rompeprop you’ll enjoy these too.

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Foetal Juice – 20:50-21:20

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Grimy, scuzzy Mancunian death metal merchants FJ bring forth the muckment once again after a slamming performance at the original ‘Kin Hell Fest. Back with new material in tow, they’ve been ploughing away at this game for several years and are aiming to join the bigger leagues of death metal. Bring forth the slime!

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Man Must Die – 21:40-22:30

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The final band of the weekend are indeed a biggie – Man Must Die. Hailing from Glasgow, they were the first British band ever to be signed to Relapse in that time put out two crushing albums, including 2009’s brilliant ‘No Tolerance for Imperfection’, and toured with the likes of Machine Head, Decapitated, Hatebreed, Suffocation, Exodus and many more. They released a new single, ‘Antisocial Network’ towards the end of 2012 and their new album is coming very soon. Get ready to open up that circle pit Leeds, because MMD will bring it!

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That rounds off our massive preview, but stay tuned to We Must Obey for coverage of the whole festival. Til then, see you in the pit!

Peter Clegg

And the first bands for ‘Kin Hell Fest 2 are…

It’s barely been a week since the sequel to the original ‘Kin Hell Fest in Leeds was announced, and already the festival has secured the first eleven bands for its new three-day format!

So without further ado, here they are:

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Yes yes yes! That flyer does confirm shithot death-thrashers Flayed Disciple, drone overlords Bong, avant-garde black metallers A Forest of Stars and some ripping death metal filth from Cancerous Womb are just a few of the names confirmed to tear up The Well! Also announced, returning from last year’s fest are The Atrocity Exhibit and Foetal Juice, who smashed the fest a new one last year, and more new names in the form of Masochist and Nu Pogodi.

And for the first time, the fest is bringing over Euro acts for the first time, in the shape of Belgium’s Alkerdeel & A Den of Robbers, plus Holland’s party grind legends Rompeprop, whose name is most prominent on the above flyer and with good reason too! Wow, this is shaping up very nicely indeed!

Ticket prices will be announced shortly. The fest will run from 7pm-midnight on the Friday, from 12pm to midnight on the Saturday, and from 1-9pm on the Sunday, allowing plenty of time for that last train home.

The official ‘Kin Hell Fest site has all the videos and info you need on the bands, so get over there now and prepare yourself for one of 2013’s top extreme parties!

Peter Clegg

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