‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 Preview: Friday

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Welcome one and all to We Must Obey’s annual preview of this coming weekend’s ‘Kin Hell Fest. As those who’ve previously read our preview before, the drill is as such: we run the gamut of every band playing this festival, summing them up in a few words with images and links to their sites where you can follow them or check out some of their music.

This year, ‘Kin Hell Fest is bigger and better than ever. Being held in the 1400-capacity Vox Warehouse in Leeds, the festival has attracted the biggest names so far since the fest was founded in 2011. We are very proud to be supporting this festival again as we did in 2011 and in 2013, and together we will all make this a festival worth remembering. So without further ado, let’s get down to previewing Friday’s action.

Death Tripper – 14:00-14:25

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Cracking young hardcore/d-beat/grind crew who first came to our attention here when they released a split with Nottingham vegan PV chums Meatpacker. A great way to kick off proceedings.

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Ephemeral Foetus – 14:40-15:05

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This Derby-based lot are a cracking band, mixing d-beat crust/thrash/punk riffs with raging societal intensity and aggression. They recently released a split with fellow Derby crusties Piss on Authority (‘Fallacy’), and if those three tracks are anything to go by, they be as relentless in their performance here as they show ‘Relentless Contempt for Man’.

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Pist – 15:20-15:45

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Super riff worship featuring a wealth of experience from the Mancunian scene. Pist will step up early on the Friday slinging tracks from their recent released debut ‘Riffology’. Heavy rock ‘n’ roll to raise a glass/plastic cup to.

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Necro Deathmort – 16:00-16:30

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London based duo Necro Deathmort are certainly one of the most intriguing additions to the line-up, bringing with them electro beats fused with doom vibes and industrial machinations. With a slew of releases behind them, their appearance here will herald a monolithic vibe; expect them to stand out.

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Iniquitous Savagery – 16:45-17:15

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Scottish brutal death metal merchants who will soon be releasing their debut album, and will arrive here to pummel your brains in with ridiculous riffs and carnivorous screams aplenty.

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Haar – 17:30-18:00

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In Edinburgh, a ‘haar’ is a dense chilly fog that blows in from the North Sea when the wind is in the east. Cheers Lonely Planet! It’s also home to an excellent progressive black metal band of the same name, producing music as murky and challenging as the conditions out at sea.

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Evisorax – 18:15-18:40

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Wigan grindcore berzerkers who have the backing of Scott Hull and J Randall of Agoraphobic Nosebleed fame – the former mastered their 2011 album ‘Isle of Dogs’ and the latter released it through his Grindcore Karaoke label. Their shows are known for being highly charged and confrontational, which is just fine with us.

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Undersmile – 18:55-19:30

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A rich, diverse, and quintessentially heavy doom band from Oxford, coming with the backing of Dylan Carlson (Earth) and Henry Rollins. High praise indeed. Ranging from titantically heavy to marvellously serene.

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Ingested – 19:45-20:20

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The headliners of the first edition of KHF are back! Expect huge slam pits for this lot who in 2013 stepped up their game with their brilliant LP ‘The Sorreption’.

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Pentagram Chile – 20:40-21:20

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Pentagram’s story from being one of the forerunners of extreme metal to releasing their debut album 28 years later still seems unreal. Yet Anton Reisenegger managed to pull it off after all that time and delivered the goods for the lost years of never making it happen. They’re about to land in town so prepare to get your heads banging away in appreciation of a band that Reisenegger refused to allow to die.

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Napalm Death – 21:40-22:45

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Do these guys really need an introduction? Oh go on then. The granddaddies of grindcore, Napalm Death have in their thirty years as a band redefined extreme music, taking down fascists, racists, policitians, warmongers, hypocrites, societal injustice, famine and more with their diatribes. Often imitated, never bettered, it’s truly a coup and a cause to celebrate that they are greeting this festival with their presence. If there’s a band this weekend you must not miss, it has to be Napalm Death.

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Famine – 23:05-23:30
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Local merchants of hardcore/powerviolence/crossover style animosity, they emerged last year with our top-10 rated EP ‘A Hand of Sore Thumbs’ and are another of the highly rated reasons for you to ensure you turn up early on Saturday for the full attack. Shouting along to the chorus of ‘Sold Bowels (Saved Owls)’ should prove to be a weekend highlight, as will jumping in the pit for these.

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Lock Up – 23:50-00:50

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Closing out the Friday night will be an appearance by deathgrind supergroup Lock Up. Joining Shane Embury, fresh from performing with Napalm Death, will be the dream team of Tomas Lindberg, Nick Barker and Anton Reisenegger (also fresh from his Pentagram slot). This is the ONLY place you will see Lock Up in the UK this year. Make sure you don’t miss it!

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‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 – First 10 bands announced!

‘Kin Hell Fest 2013 was a roaring success and despite some of the financial issues arising from it in the end, these have now been cleared up and the fest is ready to go for its third edition, bigger and better than ever! ‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 will take place over the weekend of Friday May 02-Sunday May 04, with an additional pre-fest show taking place on Saturday April 26. A new venue has been confirmed, with the pre-show taking place at Eiger Studios in Leeds, and the full weekender at Vox in Leeds, promising 1400 indoor capacity, with the usual “food, booze, merch and carnage!” 

Over the past weekend, the first ten bands for the fest were confirmed. Let’s take a look shall we?

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Once again, ‘Kin Hell Fest delivers, with some incredible names announced. Returning to KHF after delivering savage sets in 2011 are death-slammers Ingested and noisy sludge riffers Wizard’s Beard. Eight bands are announced for their first appearance at KHF, most notably acclaimed UKBM crew Wodensthrone, explosive grinders Evisorax, and seasoned death-slam crawlers Crepitation, while newer names also round off a stunning announcement – London industrial dirge duo Necro Deathmort, the pair of Leeds powerviolence dudes Gets Worse and fastcore/grind up and comers Famine, proggy Edinburgh black metallers Haar, and North-East black/deathcore quintet XisForEyes.

Tickets are not yet on sale, but its possible that early bird deals will appear towards the end of next month. Make no mistake, this is just the beginning of what will be yet another incredible line-up. 25 more bands are to be announced, including the headliners, as this incredible festival continues to grow.

Don’t forget, you can help the festival by purchasing the 83-song compilation, released shortly after the festival took place this year. Head over to http://kinhellfest.bandcamp.com/, where you can get yourself all kinds of noisy goodness – and put a little bit more in the festival kitty.

Stay tuned for more updates as and when they come!

Peter Clegg

Batillus – Concrete Sustain

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Batillus
Concrete Sustain
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Batillus’ 2011 ‘Furnace’ was a crushing exercise in industrialised doom metal, punctuated by some truly squashing riffs and similarly megaton vocals coming from the Jarboe collaborator Fade Kainer, transforming the band from a borderline drone band to a more streamlined form of attack. ‘Concrete Sustain’ continues down this road with overall shorter songs still.

From the start, this is an album that means business, with opener ‘Concrete’ marking an anthem of sorts for the band, particularly with the line ‘Sustain and dominate/with concrete’. Compared to what we’ve heard from the past, it’s a fairly simplified offering, one that wouldn’t exactly feel amiss as a potential fan favourite if the band suddenly and unexpectedly got a bigger break. Yet after what seems like a fairly linear, if effective start, things turn up a notch with the longer, gloomier track ‘Beset’, which sees Kainer stalking in the shadows before rising up with his monstrous vocals again. From then on ‘Concrete Sustain’ becomes far from one-track and showcases all sides of Batillus’ now well-crafted take on their artform. ‘Rust’ is like old-school Ministry jamming with Grief, and the finishing track, ‘Thorns’, is a reminder of how well Batillus execute the long trudges through the cold night, with a truly bleak and unforgiving riff, much like their ‘Furnace’ opener .

All in all, its business as usual for Batillus here, and while it doesn’t push the boat out in what they already do, it underlines yet again why they’re a true force to be reckoned with. Now, if they could arrange some UK dates that’d be lovely. But for now the cold, dank audio devastation from these New Yorkers will have to make do on any of the available recorded formats, until that day when this tanker finally sails across the Atlantic.

Peter Clegg

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Shining (NOR) – One One One

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When I finally stumbled upon Norway’s Shining a few years back, it was perhaps the most joyous discovery I’d come across in music for some time. ‘Blackjazz’ was a terrifying monster of an album, a perfect meld of black metal aesthetics with industrial precision, and extreme avant-garde and jazz tendencies. There was absolutely everything to love and yet fear from the savage psychosis of ‘Fisheye’, the huge anthem ‘Madness and the Damage Done’, the densely thunderous horror of ‘Blackjazz Deathtrance’ and the sublime cover of King Crimson’s ‘21 st Century Schizoid Man’.

Now that they’re a little better known, there’s now sufficient enough evidence to say that maybe I viewed their new album ‘One One One’ through the bleary glaze of hype. After all, delivering an album like ‘Blackjazz’ and with a sound near enough unique to their own, you wouldn’t bet against them. But ‘One One One’ is a different beast altogether, with the longest song coming in at just four and a half minutes, and with the whole thing sounding much more accessible indeed. Jørgen Munkeby is still prominent as ever with his menacing schizophrenic vocals and his flourishes on the saxophone, but in comparison to ‘Blackjazz‘, this is short short short. That’s not an entirely bad thing, as from the off this album broods with malicious intensity, from the lead single ‘I Won’t Forget’ and ‘My Dying Drive’, and all in all its still an excellent set of tracks. The album does suffer slightly though from its significant loss of progressiveness. Shining have always excelled previously because of their unpredictability, that one thing that really makes a band stand out. True, given their roots purely as a jazz band, it would be churlish to say they didn’t switch again to a more straightforward style unconsciously –but without question its this that holds ‘One One One’ from being a great album, rather than just a good album.

Still, I would still recommend people to check out this record, and Shining fans shouldn’t balk entirely – not many bands can go down this route and still sound fantastic at what they do, and if anything, Shining are now catchier than ever. I first heard ‘I Won’t Forget’ a couple of weeks back and its still in my head now. A true mark of a band people should remember. But I’m willing to bet more people will commiserate, rather than celebrate Shining escaping the proverbial lunatic asylum – albeit on a leash.

Peter Clegg

Shining – I Won’t Forget

Buy/download ‘One One One’ here (MP3/FLAC)

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