‘Kin Hell Fest 2013 – The Review!

Its been weeks in the making, but its finally here. From Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April, a venue called the Templeworks in Leeds was shaken to its core numerous times by some of the very best UK underground hardcore and metal had to offer. We were there for just about all of it (sorry Envoys, Man Must Die) and now we can finally bring it to you.

It seems a bit disjointed, given we have photos for Friday and Sunday but not for Saturday. Anyone willing to help with photos, please get in touch with us – though its not massively important. It was a very DIY job anyway. We may furnish this review with videos and maybe more photos too where applicable. But right now, get ready to relive an immense weekend.

So here it is, at last: ‘Kin Hell Fest 2013 – The Review!

Friday 26th April

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From the off the tone for the weekend was one for a flagrant disregard for punctuality. Maybe it was the size of the task at hand, but from the off Friday’s action was 25-30 minutes behind before Rectal Implosion got going. Thankfully the wait is worth it, with the drummer/vocalist of the duo giving some pretty good brutal metal face impressions as he shells out his vocals and delicious beats, the guitarist riffing and weedling away in front of him. ‘This next song is called Mosh In Hell, which most of you won’t have heard as its from our demo CD, which not many people have!‘ Perhaps true, but even with limited output to date, Rectal Implosion’s material shows a lot of substance.

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It’s not hard to spot Mancunian black metallers Acolyte‘s influences, with more than a shade of the progressive nature of Enslaved, Deathspell Omega about them. But it would be churlish to rank them solely on this, and despite some tuning issues in the first song, the band crank out a set worthy of everyone’s attention with the singer revelling in the attention of the front few rows. With new album ‘Alta’ about to drop, this was a good time to drop in with a good performance and Acolyte look to be more than capable of joining the booming UK black metal elite.

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I’d been looking forward to Magpyes a lot, and by and large there was good to be found from their set. However there was that sense that it was all a blur, whether that was just down to their short song nature or the PA system. A slight detraction, but they get the first truly decent moshpit of the weekend, and it would be unfair to suggest they didn’t elicit a response, because they certainly did that, and then some.

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The weekend’s only pagan metal band Ravenage were up next, and they don’t hold back in the costume stakes, a must if you’re truly to be believed in at this sort of thing. The Hull sextet do not disappoint, reducing the most hardened metaller into pure dancing joy, managing to lead a by now slightly inebriated crowd into a cry of ‘More Beer!‘ during the song of the same name. A grand sight to see a band able to hold a crowd like that in a place like this.

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Kastrated‘s set seemed awfully short, but the Burnley crew seem to have a good faithful watching them and they truly bring the slam element to KHF with a blistering display of sledgehammer riffs, turns of pace, and cheeky macabre Northern humour.

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Its easy to see why Winterfylleth have risen to the cream of the British black metal crop, and their set is beholden with quality throughout. The hour is getting late at this point, but their performance is gratefully received by the masses, with plenty to savour from works recent and old.

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What Lawnmower Deth are to thrash, Gore surely are to goregrind. Infamous over the years for lobbing fish into the audience, they’re on the comeback trail and their unhinged humour seems perfectly intact, turning the moshpit into a cheesy 80’s dancefloor and even getting their new guitarist to hand out Christmas cake to the crowd between songs. Yes it’s completely silly and off the wall but you’d have to be really hardnosed to not see the funny side of songs like ‘Smashed to Pieces By Falling Faeces’, ‘Be My Speedbump’, and even their very own ‘National Anthem of Goruguay’. It’s good to see them back, serving up a platter of punk and thrash grooves amidst the splatter of subject matter. (PC)

Predictably my task of staying relatively copus mentus, in the event of the much harder working half of We Must Obey having to leave before the end, has gone less smoothly than I might have hoped. Insane a tonal scales flit sporadically around slamming groove occasionally fooling me into trying to nod my head to beat; “fuck you!”, Diascorium reply, “you have no comprehension of what’s coming next you inebriated, simple minded twerp”. So I go back to sweating and watching wide eyed. I’ts a head fuck; a moment of brilliant bright catchy melody, and I think it’s possible we’ve gone through the insanity and out the other side; the guitar and cab head’s blink robotically threatening to fry your brain like two Daleks, then a twisted bass line emerges and something that sounds like jazz on bad acid comes to fruitation. “This one’s about if you don’t sleep you die”, says the frontman and I think I they have managed to capture what that must be like. Diascorium is not strictly about your indulgence as a listener, but more that your being taken for a ride. It’s like an exploration of what’s possible within a song, subjecting the crowd to schizophrenic extremities and lulling you into a false sense of security with some awesome catchy grooves. There’s a good amount of friendly banter and mic passing between the band and the crowd, occasionally someone flies past the front odd postured and tangled in their own limbs with a giddy look. Diascorium make the most of their last gig ever and close with a slam that starts with ludicrous widdly widdles and is slowed down over and over again into a lumbering beast, finished, then re-started to the inevitable shouts of “slower”. A very entertaining end to great day, despite occasionally feeling as though tailored to bring on a nasty psychotic episode. (MC)

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Click here for full review of Saturday 27th April
Click here for full review of Sunday 28th April

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‘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!

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‘Kin Hell Fest 2 early bird tickets now on sale

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Limited early bird tickets for next April’s ‘Kin Hell Fest 2 in Leeds are now available, with 3-day and single day tickets available at a slightly lower price for a limited time only. Day splits have not yet been announced, although rising  English black metallers Winterfylleth will headline on Friday 26th, with Dutch gore grind party crew Rompeprop headlining Saturday 27th. Head to the official ‘Kin Hell Fest site now to book your spot at the extreme fest of 2013!

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The next wave of bands for ‘Kin Hell Fest 2 are…

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We’re still catching our breath at the first announcement for ‘Kin Hell Fest 2, the three-day extreme extravaganza which a couple of weeks ago confirmed, among others, Dutch party grinders Rompeprop, Belgium’s Alkerdeel and A Den of Robbers, plus scores of UK talent including Cancerous Womb, A Forest of Stars, Flayed Disciple and more.

Well, Paul Priest and Raw Nerve aren’t mucking about with the line-up announcements and they recently confirmed nine more names for the fest! They are as follows:

WINTERFYLLETH
DIASCORIUM
HORSEBASTARD
WODE
ACOLYTE
REGURGITATE LIFE
GORE
PROLEFEED
THE DAY MAN LOST

Undoubtedly the biggest name from this announcement is acclaimed northeast black metallers Winterfylleth who will surely bring a furious storm with them come festival time, headlining the Friday night of the fest. Priest’s tech-death crew Diascorium return to dizzy crowds once more, Horsebastard bring their fucked-up grind to the fest for the first time, while Mancunian duo Acolyte and Wode will unleash their own respective brands of black metal on the unsuspecting public. Gore, Regurgitate Life, Prolefeed and The Day Man Lost round off a stellar second announcement.

Early bird tickets will be on sale very, very soon, but be quick – only 100 will be available! There will be another announcement due soon as well which is expected to round up the announcement, which we here at We Must Obey will bring you news as we get it. As always, head to the official ‘Kin Hell Fest websitefor all the info about the festival, and the official ‘Kin Hell Fest Facebook page for info, gossip and announcements!

Peter Clegg

***NB: Flayed Disciple are still playing, despite not appearing on the above flyer***