‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 Preview – Saturday

Welcome back to our comprehensive preview of ‘Kin Hell Fest 2014. If Friday’s line-up wasn’t enough for you, Saturday’s bill features no less than 15 bands, ranging from the fastest to the slowest, and indeed spanning the modern era of extremity to its very origins. There should be something for you all here. Doors at 12pm Saturday, first band at 1pm. Go!

Esoteric Youth – 13:00-13:25

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Describing themselves as ‘the most evil band out of Manchester since Oasis’, this blackened hardcore crew who have been making inroads into the fulcrum of the UK scene since emerging with their demo in 2012 – their bleak crusty diatribes should prove a wake-up slap in the chops for anyone still recovering from Friday’s madness.

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Gets Worse – 13:40-14:05

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Another local act, these guys were named in our top 10 short releases for 2013 with ‘Negative’. They have no time for false grinders, pit violence, and indeed as Manowar, and a cracking Scottish blog might say, ‘wimps and posers, leave the hall’!

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Wizard’s Beard – 14:20-14:50

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Smashing stoner/sludge metallers in the vein of Iron Monkey, Weedeater, etc. who continue to raise the bar in what is deemed ‘heavy’. Blogs and zines have raved about their records ‘Pure Filth’ and ‘Four Tired Undertakers’, so buckle up and get your grooves on. This is about to get heeeeeavy.

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Noise Complaint – 15:05-15:30

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Cosmopolitan crossover thrashers Noise Complaint are rooted firmly in the UK, bringing together members from the USA, Italy and Brazil. Speed is the name of the game here and you’d be well urged to keep up. These guys are nuts.

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Monolithian – 15:45-16:15

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This Falmouth duo are creating welcome noise in the UK scene for their bleak and heavy jams that outgun and rise above more populous doom bands. Released a cracking split with hardcore crew Let It Die last year.

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Arkham Witch – 16:30-17:00

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Keighley-based traditional heavy/doom metallers with anthems of Lovecraftian horror, upholding metal values, mythology and famous comic books characters among others. Cracking retro worship.

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Acrania – 17:15-17:45

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Brutally pounding death metal from London featuring members of Pathology and Bloodshot Dawn. Brace yourselves – circle pits are coming!

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Jesus Cröst – 18:00-18:30

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Word is this is going to be the last show ever from the Dutch two-piece, who’ve been ploughing out good-time speedy grind for over 15 years now. With that in mind, let’s give them the ravenous send off they deserve.

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Grave Miasma – 18:50-19:25

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Fantastic old-school death metal crew from London who released the future underground classic ‘Odori Sepulcrorum’ in 2013. Being hailed as one of the flagbearers of the old-school renaissance of the genre by many leading blogs and zines, it’s time to fall under their spell.

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Deviated Instinct – 19:40-20:15

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For me, personally, these guys are going to be completely unmissable. Legendary 80’s crust-punks who reactivated in 2007 and put out their first record in 21 years with 2012’s ‘Liberty Crawls to the Sanctuary of Slaves’. This year marks 30 years since their inception, one of the true pioneers of the scene, and fans new and old can expect a raucous and furious show. Expect the pit to go truly nuts at this point.

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Hawk Eyes – 20:30-21:10

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Mad scientists of rock who incorporate elements of punk, hardcore, electronic and all manner of experimentalism to their sound, bothering mainstream rags and trendies as well as accumulating a rabid following. Hometown show for this lot, guaranteed to be packed out.

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Khuda – 21:25-22:05

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They’re back! Following their decision to disband early in 2013, Leeds’ post-rockers Khuda have reformed to record a new album and to play KHF, in doing so returning to the festival where they stole the show according to our occasional scribe Mike who witnessed them back in 2011. A truly awesome experience to watch and a swerve in direction from the madness that precedes it.

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Anaal Nathrakh – 22:25-23:30

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The reigning overlords of British extreme metal arrive in Leeds as Saturday headliners and ready to lay waste to the Vox Warehouse.

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Birdflesh – 23:50-00:25

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One of the most crackers bands to ever raise hell in grind, Swedish trio Birdflesh bring hell to town in a UK exclusive performance. Expect wild costume, bonkers antics and some classic grindcore from the scene freaks.

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The Day Man Lost – 00:40-01:00

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Preston grinders The Day Man Lost reformed to play the festival last year and emerged as one of its highlights. These guys are brutal, easily one of the most essential UK grind bands on the scene, and will provide a perfectly crazy end to the Saturday with short sharp blasts of purified rage.

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Peter Clegg

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‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 update – more bands, early bird tickets + more

+ We Must Obey officially supporting ‘Kin Hell Fest 2014!

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We are very happy to confirm that once again, ‘Kin Hell Fest have added We Must Obey as one of its official supporters/promoters of its festival, after our coverage of the 2013 edition. We’re absolutely honoured, thrilled and suitably stoked to be part of the alumni, as the fest is set to be even bigger than ever before.

A lot has happened though considering our coverage dropped somewhat because of my running/fundraising exploits and generally a lack of access and family issues to contend with that has really got in the way. ‘Kin Hell Fest have indeed added more in the way of details since then and as such, I’ve constructed this mega-post to get you all up to speed with what’s going on.

What we know so far:

The latest additions

Some stonking bands were added to the line-up very recently, including perhaps the biggest name to be drawn to the fest so far, in the name of Birmingham’s harshest extreme metallers Anaal Nathrakh. Also added are Rot in Hell, hardcore merchants featuring members of UK scene legends Voorhees, as well as Dutch groovy grind/powerviolence freaks Jesus Crost, Falmouth doom duo Monolithian, brutal German slammers Pighead, and Derby’s twisted-punk psychos Ephemeral Foetus

We also got a self-confirm for the first time in the fest’s history, as Leeds post-rock duo Khuda, who split last year, confirmed their appearance at the fest in a one-off reunion set!

Just a couple of days ago, the festival organisers outdid themselves again, with the announcement of five more bands, including Swedish comedy grindnuts Birdflesh, playing their first UK show, a one-off exclusive, since 2006, and Leeds riff lords Hawk Eyes. Both play the fest for the first time and diversify the line-up further than ever before. Also making their first appearances are London’s old-school progressive heavy metallers Amulet, and UK-based crossover thrashers Noise Complaint, comprising members from the USA, Brazil and Italy. Finally, returning for seconds this year are one of 2013’s most impressive acts, Preston grinders The Day Man Lost. Man, they crushed the fest on the Sunday this year and by George, its great to have them back.

Dates

A pre-show will take place on Friday April 26th, 2014 to serve as a preamble to festivities. This show will take place at Eiger Studios in Leeds, with a line-up to be announced.

The main festival itself will take place on the weekend of Friday May 2nd to Sunday May 4th, 2014, at the Vox venue in Leeds.

Bands

27 bands have been announced so far:

Anaal Nathrakh; Wodensthrone; Birdflesh; Hawk Eyes; Deviated Instinct; Ingested; Khuda; Conquest of Steel; Crepitation; Evisorax; Pighead; Necro Deathmort; Jesus Crost; Acrania; Haar; XisforEyes; Amulet; Gets Worse; Noise Complaint;  Iniquitous Savagery; Monolithian; The Day Man Lost; Rot In Hell; Wizard’s Beard; Ephemeral Foetus; Famine; Death Tripper

12 more bands still to be announced, plus the pre-show line-up which is set to be an all-dayer, with announcement of 11 bands for that show at the beginning of 2014, bringing the total up to 50 bands!

Tickets

Early bird tickets for  the fest are now on sale at a modest £49 for at least 39 bands. But be quick – they’re limited to 200 and likely to go quickly! Head here to get yours. More tickets will go on sale at a later date, for both the main festival and the pre-show. The fest are also exploring camping and travel options. Keep your eyes and ears on those if you live many miles away from Leeds.

Finally…

The revamped ‘Kin Hell Fest website is now up and running for 2014. Bigger and better than before, go check it out for the latest news, tickets, band profiles and forum discussion.

You can also keep up to date with the festival and all incoming news on Facebook, and now on Twitter as well.

Phew, that was exhausting. But rest assured, we aim to pick ourselves back up and support this festival loud and proud, heading into 2014 and beyond. Stay tuned for further updates!

Peter Clegg

I am Sworn to the Cake

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If any of you are fans of both heavy metal and cupcakes, or if any of you have followed the links down the side of my page, you may have come across the phenomenon that is Metal Cakes, a metal-inspired cupcake recipe blog run by Kathy Bejma, who on average posts a new recipe roughlyvevery month, each based on a particular metal band, and has even served up batches of her cakes for the bands that inspired them!

I’ve always been a follower of the blog since I first came across it a couple of years back and always fancied a crack at one of them, but my cooking knowledge was so inept that even cracking an egg was beyond me. Having finally driven myself to learn how to cook and then cook pretty damn well, I decided it was finally time to handle one of Kathy’s recipes. I generally baulk at anything fruity or nutty or, like me, too fussy, so I plundered for one of the few centrally made up of chocolate – the Watain-inspired ‘Sworn to the Cake’.

As you can see, the results of my batch of buns/cupcakes aren’t quite as spectacular as Kathy’s, but they sure were tasty. This flour-less recipe using the finest cocoa widely available – in my case, Green & Black’s organic, due to a lack of unsweetened black cocoa in this country – makes for an interesting challenge but not necessarily one any harder than a floured one. My bun mixture, containing chocolate, double cream, five eggs (all cracked successfully), unsalted butter and caster sugar, turned out as expected, rose as expected and sunk as expected. It also made 22 buns as per the recipe. My only cock-up was the ganache – roughly 9oz of chocolate chips and around 8 fl oz of double cream were required, with crushed red M&M’s atop to represent ‘bloody mammal parts’. I ran out of chips – only 7oz – and my ganache wasn’t thick enough.

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The afternoon afterwards I tried to remedy this with 2 oz of cooking chocolate (as the local supermarket had run out of chips) – however, the ganache seemed a little thick. My wife put in a bit of milk and stirred it up more, and ahead I went with spreading it.

While the presentation isn’t as great and the ganache doesn’t look as thick, they taste bloody amazing. If I must say so myself. The ganache is so rich, and the bun itself is extremely moist, thanks in part to no flour being present.

So if I had to score these buns out of 10, I’d happily say…7.5. They are by far the best buns/cupcakes I’ve ever made, and they’re still delicious three days later, but my presentation needs work. As does paying attention to the full recipe when making ganache in future.

The original recipe can be found here, and I recommend you try it. It’s bruuuuuutaaaaaallll. Here’s some Watain for you. Cheers Kathy for the inspiration and for your knowledge. You are metal!

Watain – Sworn to the Dark (live)

Peter Clegg

EF – Delusions of Grandeur

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EF
Delusions of Grandeur
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EF are a post-rock quintet from Gothenburg, Sweden, who since 2003 have released three studio albums and undertaken numerous tours as they spread their name. This, their latest EP, is the first for their new home at Pelagic Records, and is but a taste of what EF have to offer.

The powerful yet delicate title track is a terrific way to get this release underway – a three track EP can often be short on content, but at nearly eight and a half minutes EF do more than just flesh out the sides and the construction is so, it doesn’t drag either, piano driving the electrical section through the track. As far as post rock goes, its not straying too far from the template, but they seem to have it sussed in knowing when to apply the emotional pressure, to build it up and release it with powerful crescendo. The instrumental ‘Fem’ keeps things ticking nicely up to the closing track ‘I’ve Never Felt This Way Before’; a fine example of storytelling, telling the story of a group of boys who stumble before a mortally wounded foal, with one deciding to do the right thing, comfortable with the punishment that comes with it. It draws you right in, every bit as captivating as textual fiction, and topped off with a haunting and rising finale that rounds off a perfectly paced sojourn.

Cliched as it sounds to say fans of band X and Y will like this, the truth is that this will most appeal to people into Mogwai, Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, etc., but I’d like for more people to open up to this sort of music once in a while. EF now seem perfectly poised to build on this EP when they deliver their first album for Pelagic, continuing here with a career arc still rising and yet to dip.

Pre-orders are available for ‘Delusions of Grandeur‘, and EF have a series of European live shows in the offing, which will be listed below. Step on it and prepare to be mesmerized.

Peter Clegg

EF – Delusions of Grandeur pre-order teaser

Upcoming shows:

Sep 28, 2012 – Lille, L’hotel de la Musique
Sep 29, 2012 – Paris, L’International
Sep 30, 2012 – Düdingen, Bad Bonn
Oct 01, 2012 – Zürich, Hafenkneipe
Oct 02, 2012 – Stuttgart, Juha West
Oct 03, 2012 – Frankfurt, Ponyhof
Oct 04, 2012 – Leipzig, Moritzbastei
Oct 05, 2012 – Berlin, Cassiopeia
Oct 06, 2012 – Bielefeld, Forum
Nov 01, 2012 – London, Kings Place
Nov 02, 2012 – Birmingham, Vagabonds

Buy/pre-order ‘Delusions of Grandeur‘ here (10″ vinyl) at this location: http://pelagic-records.com/vinyl/

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