As promised, please find below a selection of images captured at last weekend’s ‘Kin Hell Fest at Vox/Eiger Studios in Leeds. We weren’t there for every band as you know, but we did catch numerous bands over the Friday and Saturday. They’re not the highest quality but hopefully they capture the awesomeness of this weekend. Just like the fest itself, our approach was very DIY – no fancy lens or expensive kit, just a standard digital camera with a dying battery, and a mobile phone trying to do the job of a professional. Tsk. Anyhoo, enjoy!
It is always a sad day when a part of the vibrant underground music scene disappears or ceases, whether that be a band, a venue, and indeed a music festival. When ‘Kin Hell Fest took place this past weekend, there were extremely high hopes – it had was the strongest line-up in its three-year history, featuring Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh and Onslaught as its headliners. Not to mention UK exclusive appearances from Pentagram Chile, Birdflesh and Lock Up, as well as appearances by the likes of US death metal legends Massacre, UK rockers Hawk Eyes, Welsh death metal veterans Desecration among the total of 43 bands covering grind, sludge, doom, slam, metal (blackened, death, traditional, etc.) and all manner of silliness, and all for £59, considerably a bargain price for such a calibre of bands on one line-up. It was proudly DIY, organised chiefly by Paul Priest, who managed to pull together this line-up after clawing back from debts incurred from the festival in 2013 when it moved from a single day event to a three-day weekend. Huge efforts were made to give the festival exposure. Numerous people handed on flyers at events. Blogs and websites such as ourselves went out on a limb to sell this as an incredible line-up and a must-attend – not that it should have needed to necessarily, and not that it wasn’t that way already.
But as you may have gathered from our cracked, hindered and indeed partial review of the festival, the bands, the price, the hype – none of its matters compared to actual revenue and numbers through the door. And despite things looking positive on the Friday, Saturday was considerably emptier, and while I can’t speak for Sunday’s attendance, it seemed the decision had already been made over on Facebook to declare that once Sunday was over, so was ‘Kin Hell Fest. Not just this year, but likely for good. A statement went out on the ‘Kin Hell Fest website, asking people to help with ‘Kin Hell Fest’s ‘funeral costs’. Paul Priest explained:
We didn’t want to do this, absolutely didn’t, not again, but it feels like we have no choice than to look for extra continued help from people. We’re not asking for much off anyone, but anything you can do to help us clear the pretty hefty debts we will have post-fest would be almost life-changing. Obviously we’re looking at things we can do personally to sort this out as well, but I guess trying to put something together of this kind of size, and keeping it as a DIY ethics based festival is almost impossible, implausible maybe.
Unfortunately though, it does pretty much signal the end of ‘kin Hell Fest after today. We’ll try and clear up the debris and broken bones of it all as quickly as possible, knowing there’s been some insane, brilliant, amazing things happen at every installment.
We are absolutely gutted at having to do this but, for all the incredible support and amazing words from all over the world we’ve had in the run up to the festival over the last 9 months, it’s still not equated to the amount of people coming down that we, and everyone else (involved or onlooking) thought it should. We were about as confident in the line up as it was possible to be, but, things didn’t work out.
Understandably there’s been numerous reasons put out as to why ‘Kin Hell Fest didn’t attract the numbers that were either forecast or anticipated, mainly due to clashes with the Temples Festival in Bristol, Neurotic Deathfest, even Live in Leeds – a festival focusing on a vastly different musical audience altogether. Some people cited being unable to afford to come to the festival, and one or two have churlishly suggested the line-up wasn’t good (what rock have you been living under?). Let’s face facts – not enough people got through the door. And what does it take ultimately for events like this to not just survive, but thrive? That’s right. People turning up and getting through those doors. Ticket sales, payments on the door. They all count.
It’s perfectly understandable that some people can’t afford a weekend ticket or even a day ticket, or the escalating travel fares pumped out by public transport networks. Clashes are clashes but just because Temples emerged, doesn’t mean that ‘Kin Hell Fest didn’t have a strong enough line-up – they only had the world’s biggest grind band and a number of other artists with considerable weight to add to this package. Even if people migrate to those other events, that doesn’t mean the North doesn’t have a strong enough following within hardcore and metal circles. Indeed, the Yorkshire area has been pumping out a good number of bands for a while now and created fervent scenes as a result, and has always maintained a good following, even if hit recently by the closures of venues such as Rio’s and The Well in Leeds. But that means nothing if people aren’t getting through the door in numbers.
I cannot claim to know Paul inside and out as I’ve only met him a few times, mostly at the festival and during my time as a drummer for Poison Dwarf. What I do know is that he has done more than anyone to keep heavy music alive and well in Leeds and in the local area, and for well over a decade now, both as a promoter and as a musician himself with local bands such as Reth, Diascorium, Sloth Hammer and most recently, No Fucks Given. He put his heart, soul and hard graft into making this festival work, and had hordes of people handing out flyers at regional shows across the North and beyond to try and drum up interest in this festival. The debts incurred by the festival could have sunk KHF in 2013, but fans clubbed together and helped erase some of that debt to the point where KHF 2014 was considered financially viable. Paul and KHF tried to up their game, which was the only feasible way to go. And in doing so, for my money and I’m sure everyone else who attended – and for some of those who didn’t – this was pound for pound the best line up going as far as the less mainstream festivals go.
Alas, it wasn’t to be enough and whatever reasons you wish to summise, Paul hits it square on the head and he talks more sense than most. But let’s not get bogged down any more in the whys and the hows. The clean-up is underway and you can do your bit to help out a true figure in the Yorkshire, indeed Northern heavy music scene. Merch is still available post-festival from the official KHF store, including t-shirts, posters, patches, and last year’s six-hour compilation that was put together to stave off the debts accrued last year. But be quick, as it will soon be gone. Additionally, you can donate to the KHF team and even a small amount will be appreciated while they try and sort out initially clearing the debt from the fest itself. And gigs are already popping up pledging to give their receipts to Paul and the KHF team in a display of solidarity from bands and promoters alike that the broad metal community often show like no other.
You can read Paul’s statement in full here. And no matter what happens, even if ‘Kin Hell Fest never returns, he, and indeed the rest of the team, will return even stronger from this.
@Vox/Eiger Studios, Leeds, 02/05-04/05/2014
The day has finally arrived. ‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 is to start today. The sun in shining, anticipation is full to bursting, and nothing can throw a spanner in the works. But family life so often gets in the way, and then there’s the issue of public transport. In the end, everything conspires for me to only arrive around 4:00pm. As a result, I miss the opening salvo of bands that get this festival properly underway. So apologies to Death Tripper, Ephemeral Foetus, and Pist, all of whom I never made it in time for.
Thankfully, I’m not to miss any of the remaining undercard and, having finally arrived and newly armed with a couple of tins of Guinness, it’s time to watch Necro Deathmort. The London duo play it slightly safe, sticking to the doomier side of their material, rather than the electronic stuff, most of which seems to be washed out by the constant reverberations from their guitars. That said, it is satisfying stuff and ‘Insecto!’ gets a great airing. It feels like the soundtrack to those forever falling dreams/nightmares, such is the sense of helplessness emitted from the vocalists’ yells. From one end of the country to the other, as Fife quartet Iniquitous Savagery bring the weekend’s first dose of slam death metal, chucking in lots of sub-guttural vocals and provoking some silly slam dancing in the pit – no feet being flailed though so it’s all good. Merely lots of invisible oranges and arms being jerked in near-robotic fashion which by the end almost induces a full on pit. As for the band, it’s decent stuff and with time I expect they’ll develop into even more brutal territory.
Haar live up to their name by filling the stage and front floor area with billowing machine smoke before they get going. It feels as though it takes a while before they really get going as well – as a modern proggy black metal band focused on their sound as opposed to showmanship, the occasionally angular riffs don’t feel like a most comfortable fit for this crowd, but eventually it stirs into something more and given a little more time this could well have proven to be a truly enthralling experience. Not such a problem for Evisorax keep it really brief – about 15 minutes, well below their allotted schedule – and it’s at this point that for myself, at least, the spark is lit and the crowd don’t need an invitation to go nuts just as the band’s vocalist paces up and down, jumping into the crowd once or twice, and at one point instructing individuals in the pit ‘kill him! to stir up the raucousness. When new song ‘Locust Breeders’ ends the set, it leaves everyone wanting more, which it seems the band didn’t have tonight. A minor shame, as this band took the day by the scruff of the neck and shook it senseless.
From the fast, to the slow, Oxford quartet Undersmile bring the pace right down with some of the finest doom/drone riffs you’ll likely hear this weekend, led by their two chanteuses whose collective drawls work in tandem to further propel the sense of slow motion sickness. There’s an art to watching this sort of music particularly as it drags on, bar a faster section that comes from nowhere late on, but there’s no way that Undersmile are boring or tiring. It’s an intriguing thirty five minutes.
Technical gremlins are afoot as Ingested prepare, leading to the first delay in the schedule. Fifteen minutes later, they start up and purge on for thirty minutes of ridiculous slam-death action. This time it’s a full on circle pit that gets their slam on and you can tell just how crazy Leeds are for this band.
Pentagram Chile will forever go down as one of those magic moments for this fest in my book. A UK exclusive and if you missed it, you missed out. Anton Reisenegger and crew are bang on form with their ripping old-school death metal. Tomas Lindberg joins them at one point and after slam riffs and drones all day, it’s good to hear a guitar squeal as Anton lets rip through the course of the set with wailing solos sandwiched between some of the finest death metal riffs to have been unleashed from the vault of metal history. 28 years is a long, long time to get your band up and running, but Pentagram are worth the wait and any true metal fan will realise their importance. More so now.
Of course, the band everyone is here to see is Napalm Death, and after a further delay – as all major headliners seem to incur – the biggest name in grind walk on stage and follow the opening ‘Multinational Corporations’ with ‘The Silence is Deafening’, and at that moment I’m as close as I’m willing to get to the stage without being annihilated. This is all top stuff – no barriers, it feels like an old-school show in the sense that bodies are flying everywhere. There was a brief stoppage during ‘Unchallenged Hate’ when Barney noticed someone on the floor and called for first aid. A few minutes later, everything appeared to be OK, and the song appropriately resumed smack in the middle, and all went nuts again. The ‘Utilitarian‘ material gets a good thrashing as ‘Everyday Pox’, ‘The Wolf I Feed’ and ‘Errors in the Signals’ all serve as further incitement to jump around and stage dive. Sadly I can’t stick around much longer than that owing to the last train home. Still, I leave following the end of a brutally urgent ‘Suffer the Children’ and the jog back to the train station as all the more worthwhile having witnessed another show of urgency and rage from the definitive band of the scene’s thirty years of existence.
This means I didn’t catch any of the last three bands either, including Famine, who by the time I’d left had nearly sold out of their limited editions of their new CD, each packaged in a coloured envelope with a different design. I have it on good authority from my long time co-conspirator Mike though that Lock Up were excellent, and that A Storm of Light, a last minute coup for the festival, played out a decent set, although the crowd by now had dropped owing to the early hours.
In the end, it turns out I did get to seeTrudger, and boy am I glad the schedule got moved back a little. Initially I can’t hear the vocals but that’s soon fixed and the lead guy is definitely a gruff growler. But they’ve got some cracking riffs, and the first time they properly drop the doomhammer, wow. They’ve know how to drop it.
Gets Worse are a tight, solid powerviolence band, but really need a bigger crowd or a smaller room to create an atmosphere of any sort, at this time of day at least. Not so much an issue for Wizard’s Beard whose guitarist and vocalist perform almost entirely on the floor in front of the stage. The descriptions of them as redefining heavy aren’t far wrong. The rhythm section – including two bassists – supports the floor duo in laying the thick foundation for their colossal riffage to unfold, the vocalist in particular really getting into it as he paces the floor, rocks out uncontrollably and at one point throttles himself with the mic lead. The last song of their set sees the band yell out loud in unison without the need for a microphone. This is without question – discounting anyone playing a blinder on the Sunday* – one of the sets of the weekend.
It never occurred to me that Keighley heavy metallers Arkham Witch had pulled out before the fest began, so it’s left to Monolithian to follow that up the previous set. The bass/drum duo from Falmouth do this very well, however, making up what they lack in numbers in sheer energy and power, combining sludge and doom riffs with some occasional injections of blackened crust. If you weren’t rocking out to this you obviously weren’t trying hard enough.
Upon re-entering the room it’s not the death metal troupeAcrania setting up, rather Dutch grind two-piece Jesus Cröst. Turns out Acrania pulled out as well, so now the bill is running ahead of schedule. This is my first time seeing Jesus Cröst, and it will be mine, and indeed everyone’s last – as they explain to the crowd, they chose to finish their career as a band in Leeds in tribute to Heresy, who also finished their career in Leeds. And so they thrash away through some of tightest grind going, with stop-start intervals and occasional signals from the drummer to incite a bit more from the crowd, who are getting down to the fast jams coming from the stage. It doesn’t take long for them to complete their set and depart from the stage for good – but wait. Cröst allow themselves an encore, and asking the crowd to give them the biggest circle pit Leeds has ever seen, they get a half decent effort followed by what has to be the first attempt I’ve ever seen of a human pyramid in the middle of a pit. It collapses upon the eighth person climbing atop the foundation, unable to sustain. But truth be told, the anarchy below is a fitting farewell to the duo, who certainly made a few new friends tonight just by being nice. And playing awesome grind. Good luck and adieu.
Whatever issues Grave Miasma had before starting up, seemingly with the cab? I’m no expert. Whatever the case, it eats into the time gained from Acrania’s cancellation so we’re back on schedule by the time they start up. It all seems ultra professional – incense sticks, goat skulls, band members in fake blood – but let’s not mock, these guys are the real deal in old school death metal, shredding riff after riff, in completely fist pumping, chest-beating glory. Pound for pound one of the tightest line-ups this fesyicalThe crowd get right into it, which sadly can’t be said for Deviated Instinct. It’s a relatively sparse crowd for them and there’s no lack of effort on their part, but whatever shenanigans are going on at the front of the pit, you get the feeling not everyone’s paying attention, for which a band so influential deserve better.
There’s still much japing around at the front when Hawk Eyes step up, but they seem to be engaging the crowd more at least, owing to being the most rock friendly act on the bill. They show why they’re one of the best rock acts in the country right now and their singer brings down the mic stand to floor level and moves it around at various points in the song to continue his performance amidst the raucous crowd. Though that act in itself is a prelude to Khuda, who may not be the biggest name on the bill but their name and reputation in these parts meant this was always going to be a special moment, and just as they did in 2011 when they played the original KHF, they set up in the middle of the floor and for one last time for this festival they play an incredible set. Encircled by the crowd, they jam out a fantastic set punctuated by some crunching and occasionally lovely chilled riffs, and tip top drumming, combining in superb fashion at the end with possibly the most beautiful way to close out a set of such intimate surroundings.
Time continues to tick away, however, and in the end Anaal Nathrakh are too long setting up for myself to feel it worth sticking around to judge them purely one one song, and so it was away for my train home I would go. And thus, missing out on Birdflesh, The Day Man Lost, and the not-so-secret band Sloth Hammer. That is where our coverage of proceedings here ends.
Hang on, you ask. Where is Sunday’s coverage? Well, my time is so often divided up between my family, work, running, and indeed this festival at this time of year. Last year it worked fine as my co-conspirator Mike could cover the Saturday last year while I did the Friday and Sunday. This time around, Mike is far more occupied as bassist/vocalist for Wort, bassist for Pist, and a promoter in his own right with Manchester-based CLDH. He was back on the road with Pist on the Saturday, and he always wrote for us voluntarily, and I would never hold him down to ensure a full report here. So that left me, myself and I, and owing to a clash of dates and occasions I could never commit fully to this year’s fest. Hence I appealed for anyone attending if they’d like to voluntarily contribute with a review of Sunday’s coverage that I’d be most grateful for. That has not been forthcoming yet, and so we can only leave it there. I hate for this review to be incomplete, but there are times when my family come above all else and Sunday was one of those days. So if anyone out there has anything to add, please do let us know. We may feature it.
Thanks once again to Paul Priest for making us welcome at this festival, and all involved in the organisation of the festival from promoting to playing and trying to make the thing run like clockwork. And cheers to the fans who like me came out in support of this fest. I will always remember the first moshpit human pyramid! I had a blast watching these bands and Mike I’m sure will say the same about playing the fest and checking out some of the bands too. We’ve been proud to support this festival from its origins as a one-dayer, and we are proud to have been there almost all the way to the end. Because sadly, as a follow up post will detail, this really is it, though we can always hope for its spirit to live on in the future should it be reinvented or reanimated in any way.
We will have a full gallery of photos from the fest during our attendance on Friday and Saturday very soon.
Like all good things, ‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 will come to an end as the clocks chime midnight on Monday 5th May. Until then though, there’s still one full day of action to come, and it seems they saves the goriest bits for last! But for those who like their heavy music a different way, there’s a mix of classic heavy metal, thrash, old school death metal and technical business. Let’s go out with a band as we introduce Sunday’s day of devilry in the last part of our preview.
Shoot The Bastard – 12:45-13:10
Hardcore/powerviolence lads seen with Weekend Nachos, Agathocles, Pighead and more. Nice fast shouty stuff.
Employed to Serve – 13:25-13:50
Crushing heavy blend of technical hardcore/metal/grind featuring Sammy Unwin (Oblivionized/Regurgitate Life). They’ve been busy since forming and their latest release ‘Change Nothing, Regret Everything’ is devastating in its aggressive delivery. One of the best new bands to emerge of late, do not miss them!
Regurgitate Life – 14:05-14:30
Sammy Unwin’s one-man tech-metal mission returns for the second consecutive year as the riff master puts in a second shift at the festival (following his earlier appearance with Employed to Serve)
Palm Reader – 14:45-15:10
Surrey metallic hardcore lads who’ve performed on bigger stages such as Download, Hevy, etc., and currently tearing up venues with their affirmative passionate sound.
Basement Torture Killings – 15:25-15:50
Nasty as London extreme metallers, inspired by all manner of serial killers and snuff videos.
Unfathomable Ruination – 16:05-16:35
Heavy as rocking horse shit death metal. Seriously though, this London lot are monstrous, huge sound terrific technical riffs and blasting sections. You will headbang.
Conquest of Steel – 16:50-17:20
Bradford’s true heavy metal warriors make their debut at the festival, ten years after they originally formed. Sadly, this is also going to be one of their final shows, having announced recently they were going their separate ways. So come on, wear your denim and leather proudly and raise a beer in the air to true heavy metal!
Untimely Demise – 17:35-18:05
Canadian thrashers hailing from Saskatoon, plying their trade for several years now and recently signed a worldwide deal, heralded by the release of their cracking second album ‘Systematic Eradication‘. Great quality modern thrash.
Holocausto Canibal – 18:20-18:50
Portuguese gore-maniacs who are one of the European continent’s most revered bands for sheer brutality.
After nine years playing the brutal slam game, Crepitation finally got themselves a record deal. With their debut full length now in the offing, prepare for all manner of pig squeals and flying bodies.
Malignancy – 19:50-20:20
Death metal straight outta Yonkers, New York. Been around since 1992 and a cracking signing for KHF. They play technical riffs of the highest order and their will be a dizzying, devastating assault.
Desecration – 20:35-21:05
Arguably the most savage band to have come out of Wales, death metallers Desecration have been putting out nasty after nasty for donkeys, and their debut appearance at KHF. Still going after 21 years, they’re not quite as controversial now but they’re just as consistent and are going to destroy the stage here.
Wodensthrone – 21:20-21:55
Critically acclaimed UK black metallers who’ve been creating epic primordial sounds since 2005. Always purveyors of such a fine stage presence, expect this to be a stunning tour-de-force.
Massacre – 22:10-22:50
A brilliant coup for the festival, US death metal legends Massacre make their debut appearance at the festival having just released their latest album ‘Back from Beyond‘ following their recent reformation. Featuring Rick Rozz and Terry Butler (ex-Death) once again, this is unmissable.
Onslaught – 23:10-00:00
Closing out this year’s festival will be legendary UK thrash metallers Onslaught. Seven albums over 27 years and still bringing it to the stage every time they play. A fitting way to close out this year’s fest with one of the defining bands of the UK scene.
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
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.
Gets Worse – 13:40-14:05
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’!
Wizard’s Beard – 14:20-14:50
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.
Noise Complaint – 15:05-15:30
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.
Monolithian – 15:45-16:15
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.
Arkham Witch – 16:30-17:00
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.
Acrania – 17:15-17:45
Brutally pounding death metal from London featuring members of Pathology and Bloodshot Dawn. Brace yourselves – circle pits are coming!
Jesus Cröst – 18:00-18:30
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.
Grave Miasma – 18:50-19:25
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.
Deviated Instinct – 19:40-20:15
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.
Hawk Eyes – 20:30-21:10
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.
Khuda – 21:25-22:05
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.
Anaal Nathrakh – 22:25-23:30
The reigning overlords of British extreme metal arrive in Leeds as Saturday headliners and ready to lay waste to the Vox Warehouse.
Birdflesh – 23:50-00:25
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.
The Day Man Lost – 00:40-01:00
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Not Your Cup of Tea
When Planets Collide
When I started We Must Obey, I was part of a band called Poison Dwarf. I was bandmates with two of the guys from this band, Phil (guitar) and Mike (vocals/bass). Mike of course has contributed occasionally to this blog, while creating his own profile with the Manchester-based promotions team CLDH, and more recently, with sludge-rockers Pist. We played together for nearly two and a half years, until parenthood came calling for me and in the end, we played one final show together supporting The Prophecy, Iron Void and WMO favourites Iron Witch in August 2011 before going on hiatus. Poison Dwarf never officially died – more, it mutated into what was to become Wort, with the two remaining PD members joining up with drummer .
I could easily make this one of my old ‘Shameless Plug’ posts, but given how genuinely impressed I am with the results here, it is important to judge their official debut release, ‘Not Your Cup of Tea’ (complete with brilliant artwork from Dominic Sohor) on its merits. Yes, it hardly reinvents the wheel, but what it does do, as I can attest to (and you, if you listened to their demo, ‘WORT’s N’All!’) is show how this band have evolved into a beast to be reckoned with alongside the current proud crop of the UK scene. The tempo is slightly upped from that release, the production beefed up all around, and each track is stronger than the previous one. ‘The Swine Herd’ has a nice psychedelic vocal within it to add to its driving, pounding nature, and ‘Tea’ is just an all-round riffer that nicely rounds things off with the sound of Phil vomiting from a rank brew. Which is nothing new, let me tell you, haha.
Seriously though, ‘Not Your Cup of Tea’ is definitely my cup of tea, and it should be yours too. Sadly all the CD copies have sold out, but you can pick this up on name-your-price download. Give ‘em a wave will you?
Buy/download ‘Not Your Cup of Tea’ here
Stream it below: