Killtown Death Fest

Announcement #7: Ignivomous (aus)!!!

The next announcement comes from all the way down under and will be a rare opportunity to bare witness to. This will be only the third international onslaught in the bands’s tenure – a decade since their last incursion upon European soil. Therefor we are very pleased to bring to you a band that spews forth some of the most focused and abysmally brutal death metal ever unleashed – all the way from Australia; IGNIVOMOUS!!!

Borne out of the members desire to see a resurgence of a heavier, more dissonant style of death metal, Ignivomous were among the first bands in what has since become a recognized movement (and revival) of murky, dense death metal.

Formed in 2006, Australians Ignivomous quickly issued a cassette version of their Path of Attrition demo which soon after sold out. The band then signed to cult US label Nuclear War Now! who re-issued Path of Attrition on vinyl, followed by their debut full-length album Death Transmutation in 2008 and sophomore Contragenesis in 2011.

Heiroglossia, their third full-length opus, is scheduled for production in 2019, featuring — in addition to founding members Chris Volcano, Sean Hinds and Jael Edwards — Lewis Fischer (Altars) and Chris Jordon (Inverloch). Anticipate a churning maelstrom of blast beat laden savagery and harrowing doom passages. Raw death metal building firmly from their own legacy and pushing further into the void. Hostile, sinister and spiteful, as the name translates: vomiting fire.

Check out Ignivomous here:
https://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/contragenesis
https://www.facebook.com/Ignivomous

Announcement #6: Coffins (jp) to headline “Gloomy Sunday”!

Tonight we will present the headliner of our “Gloomy Sunday” event taking place on Sunday 8th. As most of you probably know already the “Gloomy Sunday” is our cool down day where we focus on doom/death and funeral doom. The band we are about to announce have been on our want list for years, but for some reason we have never made it happen up until this moment. They played the KTDF warm-up party last year and have prevoiusly played out sister festival Heavy Days in Doomtown (RIP) and now we can finally announce them for KTDF too! We are of course talking about the legendary Japanese doom/death outfit COFFINS!!!

Coffins formed in 1996 and has since scavenged the depths of evil and darkness throughout their decade-plus existence as they slowly work toward a flawless refinement of all the things we love about the genre. According to Exclaim!, Coffins might not innovate but instead “reanimate one of the darkest, most oppressive chapters of metal with consummate style and punishing panache.” Band members have displayed their immense talent and power since their debut full-length, Mortuary in Darkness, released on Razorback Recordings in 2005. A year later, they followed up with their sophomore release, The Other Side of Blasphemy, released through Imperium Productions. This album managed to somehow increase the heaviness of Mortuary, but it wasn’t until 2008’s Buried Death that the band truly reached the sonic nirvana they had been aiming at since their beginnings.

Buried Death, which Metal Reviews referred to as “satisfyingly heavy” as well as “raw and nasty,” was released through 20 Buck Spin and would be the band’s final full-length before signing to Relapse Records in early 2011. Before the signing, Coffins spread their sound across an enormous amount of split-releases with such acclaimed acts as Warhammer, StormCrow, and Hooded Menace. Additionally, the band has performed shows with bands such as Yob and Kylesa, and has made appearances at Roadburn Afterburner and Los Angeles Murder Fest. Coffins also just finished a massive European tour, following thorough excursions in the east and west coasts as well as a successful tour in Australia.

In 2013, Coffins released their fourth full-length and Relapse Records debut The Fleshland. A refreshing and mind-bending amalgamation of doom and death metal’s greatest moments, the LP shows Coffins smashing down everything in their path with nine grisly tracks.  Since then they have released no less than 6 splits, 2 EP´s and one compilation.

Check out Coffins here:
https://coffins.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/intothecoffin/

Announcement #5: One-off Euro performance for ANTEDILUVIAN (can)!!!

Tonight we shift our focus back to Canada where we have an exclusive treat for you guys up our sleeve. The band we are about to announce performs very rarely and the appearance at KTDF will be one out of a few select performances in 2019 which are the first since 2015! They have been on our want list for many years so being able to finally present a one-off European performance is a tremendous honour! It’s with great pleasure we bring you one of Canadas most obscure extreme metal entities; ANTEDILUVIAN!!!

Known for an uncompromisingly unique aesthetic, Canadian experimental Black Death outfit Antediluvian exemplifies the true ethos of Satanic expression through original and creative song writing and visual presentation. Their style incorporates baffling time signatures, dissonant riffing, woven in intricately structured rhythmic chaos. The music is a fitting compliment to the adversarial ideologies presented by accompanying lyrics and art. These themes encompass existential terror, transgression, and death worship, to create entheogenic nightmares of spiritual disturbance.  With two full lengths and a slew of EPs behind them, Antediluvian look forward to the release of their third album as well as a new split and EP in the coming year. Dormant from the gigging circuit since 2015, they return with their strongest live presentation yet, appearing in 2019 in Europe at Killtown Death Fest September 5 – 8 and in North America at Covenant Festival, July 4 – 6.

Check out Antediluvian here:
https://antediluvian.bandcamp.com/
www.antediluvian.ca
www.facebook.com/antediluvian.official/

Announcement #4: OBLITERATION (no)!!!

Today we are excited to welcome back for the second time one of Scandinavia’s finest death metal outfits who also happened to put one of the best releases of 2018! The band we are about to announce played the very first and the very last edition of KTDF before calling it quits in 2015, and were in fact the first band to ever be confirmed to play this fest. We honour our long lasting friendship and collaboration by bringing them back once again for your enjoyment. It’s with great pleasure that we can welcome back Norways very own; OBLITERATION!!!

Death metal quartet Obliteration is from Kolbotn, Norway – home of Darkthrone, Aura Noir, Lamented Souls among others. The band started out in 2001 and have ever since left a trail of destruction behind them with hellblazing gigs and rock solid releases. After a rehearsal demo in 2006 Obliteration were asked to sign with cult label Tyrant Syndicate, a sub-label of Peaceville Records, which is run by Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone. Obliteration released the debut album “Perpetual Decay” in May 2007 which got great reviews worldwide, and a UK tour with doomsters Ramesses followed.

In 2009 Obliteration unleashed upon this earth their second album, “Nekrospalms” through the Norwegian label Fysisk Format. Nekropsalms was recorded by the band themselves in their own studio at Kolbotn in one week, DIY style. Nekropsalms is a cosmic blend of old school death metal mixed with the best elements from doom, punk, thrash and old school black metal, and after 8 years, Obliteration have finally found their own repulsive style. The album got rave reviews world wide, both in the underground and in more mainstreem circuits. Nekropsalms was awarded “album of the year” in Norwegian magazine “Natt og Dag” in 2009, and won Osloprisen for best album in 2009. “Well well well, what we have here is the second album of the Kolbotn maniacs, and they have with this recording succeeded at what we in Darkthrone attempted on our “Soulside Journey” and “Goatlord” albums – a death metal masterpiece” – Fenriz of Darkthrone.

After the release of Nekropsalms, Obliteration spread their dark message throughout the earth, touring USA and the UK and had several festival apperances at Maryland Death Fest, Hole in the Sky, Øya Festivalen, Live Evil, Kill-Town Death Fest, several one-off shows and so forth.
In 2013 Obliteration returned after a three year hiatus with another devastating monument of death. Recorded once again in their own DIY studio at Kolbotn, to capture the band’s fire on tape, “Black Death Horizon” delivered seven sepulchral tracks of haunting death metal.

2018 saw the release of  the fourth album “Cenotaph Obscure” further expanding on the quartet’s trademark sound; lead heavy old-school death metal with distinct flavours of both doom and black metal. Inventive yet never difficult to grasp, technical without wankery and obscure without being diffuse, Obliteration are masters at their craft. Cenotaph Obscure was recorded in Studio Cobra, Stockholm with Martin “Konie” Ehrencrona at the helm, lending the album an organic yet in your face production. In perfect keeping with the music, the lyrics deal with dystopic, apocalyptic themes, extinct civilizations and interdimensional portals etc. With Cenotaph Obscure, Obliteration cement their status as leaders in the Norwegian death metal scene, delivering a grizzly yet flawless monument to Death metal the way it was meant to be; obscure, ominous and unpredictable.

Check out Obliteration here:
https://obliteration.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/obliterationofficial
http://www.indierecordings.no/obliteration

Announcement #3: one-off exclusive european performance for VASTUM (us)!!!

So tonight we turn our focus towards The States and will present a band that got so excited when the festival sold out the other day, that they announced themselves… So now that the cat is out of the bag we are proud to welcome a one-off exclusive European performance for Bay Are favorites; VASTUM!!!

Death Metal quintet Vastum hails from Oakland, Califormia and have released 3 albums since 2011 via 20 Buck Spin.  The current lineup consists of bassist Luca Indrio (Necrot, Acephalix), guitarist/vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf (Hammers of Misfortune, Cardinal Wyrm), vocalist Daniel Butler (Acephalix), guitarist Shelby Lermo (Ulthar, Extremity) and drummer Chad Gailey (Necrot, Mortuous).

Vastum’s uniquely crushing brutality is enhanced via lyrical prowess on the subjects of sexuality, eroticism, psychoanalysis and the writings of George Bataille among others. If not the for the extremely debased barbarity of the music one might rightly consider Vastum a thinking man’s Death Metal band. Instead the band is an avalanche of punishment, bodily fluids, caved in skulls and naked violence.

The band is noted for its energetic live performance which hits you hard straight in the face. Musically, the band’s releases feature death metal and dark atmospheres based on slow to mid-tempo, grinding grooves, interspersed with up-tempo shifts, and a bellowing, enunciated growl. The band’s third studio album, Hole Below, was listed as number 19 on Pitchfork’s list of “The Best Metal Albums of 2015”.  A fourth full length is slated to be released on 20 Buck Spin in late 2019.

Check out Vastum here:
www.facebook.com/Vastum-440192535391/
https://vastum.bandcamp.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX6h0O8yRNE (live at The Elbo Room San Francisco)

Announcement #2: for the first time in Europe ever; Tomb Mold (can)!

Are you ready for our second announcement? We are still trying to comprehend what happened yesterday, but that won’t change the fact that we have 39 more bands to announce… So let’s start off with one of our Canadian bands! As many of you most likely have guessed, we have had our eyes and ears locked in on this new entity spawning from Toronto who reared their ugly head for the first time back in 2016. They have been very busy since then, storming forward and gaining a following around the globe in such short time. Now the time has come for their crusade to continue overseas…Therefor we are extremely excited to present for the first time in Europe ever –TOMB MOLD!!!

Canadian death metal band Tomb Mold started as a 2 person project. Having played music together over numerous years, Derrick and Max knew exactly how they wanted to approach this, both from a sound and visual perspective. The goal was simply recording one or two demo tapes and then calling it a day. So much for that. Due to an overwhelming response to “The Bottomless Perdition”, they decided to work with Blood Harvest on “Primordial Malignity” to continue building their sound using the foundation of Finnish style death metal, their first full length. After the 2nd tape “The Moulting”, they turned Tomb Mold into a 4 piece touring band adding long-time friends and former band-mates Steve and Payson on bass and guitar respectively. Their 2nd full length was released with 20 Buck Spin, and “Manor of Infinite Forms” showcases their departure from playing a specific style of death metal and just writing anything they feel comfortable with. As the label puts it, “Constructing monumental towers of obscure shape, jarring yet coherent, Tomb Mold compositions evoke a distorted world alongside our own where all manner of oddity and peculiarity are permitted.” It also continued to build on the cosmic, insectoid infected universe they have been building through their music with the help of Brad Moore’s legendary artwork. Since then they have started touring and playing fests and have had the opportunity to tour with top tier bands like Horrendous and Of Feather and Bone. Continuing on with this momentum, expect to see more music released in 2019.

Check out Tomb Mold here:
Tombmold.bandcamp.com
https://listen.20buckspin.com/album/manor-of-infinite-forms
https://www.facebook.com/tombmold/
https://youtu.be/3HNXW-XlORM (Live at Saint Vitus)

 

KTDF 2019 sold out rant

As the dust settles, we are still trying to fathom what happened yesterday… Even though we had a feeling Kill-Town Death Fest would sell out again, we had no idea it would happen so fast! We are extremely humbled by all the support and amazing feedback, we have been receiving from all over the world – overwhelming to say the least! We want to thank everyone who bought a ticket and thereby supporting what we are doing here! We also want to make it clear that we won’t accept anyone trying to resell the tickets overpriced, so if anyone sees anyone trying to resell the tickets with a profit please let us know and we will take action.

To all of you who didn’t manage to get a ticket in time; do not despair! There are a bunch of excellent festivals out there in the same time frame, so if you had your mind on going to Scandinavia or northern Europe for a dose of underground metal please check out the following events;
BEYOND THE GATES, Bergen, Norway 21st – 24th August 2019
(https://www.facebook.com/events/2401876056494058/)
-mainly black metal, but also death and doom metal
HELSINKI DEATH FEST, Helsinki, Finland 23rd – 24th August 2019 (https://www.facebook.com/events/2205594533018491/)
-oldschool death metal
MORBID CATACOMBS FEST, Berlin, Germany 20th-31st August 2019
(https://www.facebook.com/MCF666/)
-oldschool death metal DIY supreme
BLOODSHED FEST, Eindhoven, The Netherlands 13th – 14th September 2019
(https://www.facebook.com/events/643057769422518/)
-Grind, punk, death, doom
NRW DEATH FEST, Wermelskirchen, Germany 20th – 21st September 2019
(https://www.facebook.com/events/324482428378148/)
-oldschool death metal and grindcore
SCANDINAVIA DEATH FEST, Stockholm, Sweden 11th – 12th October 2019
(https://www.facebook.com/events/2250844838529893/)
-death metal, punk and grind

Even though the festival already sold out we will still continue with the “xmas calendar” approach and announce a band a day. This is not a marketing strategy but a channel of exposure for the bands we have curated for your enjoyment. Please take your time and read our long descriptions and listen to the bands and if you like what you hear, please go and buy their records.

Next announcement will go up at 16.00 CET today. We are aiming at announcing a band every day around this time, but some days it will be earlier and some days later. Just stay tuned for a plethora of great underground DM bands in your face on a daily basis for the next 38 days.

We would also like to share some thoughts with you and possibly start a debate about the issues and complications of a small event growing out of its own capacity. As mentioned in our announcement from January 1st we were already made aware of the issue when last year´s edition sold out in about 3 weeks and loads of people still wanted to get a ticket. We wrote “of course since the festival sold out so quickly it was a consideration to move it to a bigger venue – not to make more money, but to not have it as an exclusive event for the few that were lucky enough to get a ticket while they were still for sale. We decided against this for a few different reasons – mainly due to the fact that several very similar festival concepts have popped up in the same timeframe as KTDF, but also because it would be very hard for us to create the same vibe at the festival in another venue. Another consideration is that we love to book small bands and would they work in a huge hall in front a massive crowd?”
This is what we would like to discuss with you guys, because from our perspective it’s 100% about the atmosphere, the bands and the crowd – not to make money nor to sell more tickets. As the “demand” for this event has increased we are faced with the dilemma of either making the event bigger with the risk of losing its underground feeling and thereby its core crowd support, but on the other hand, we don’t want it to be an elitist event for the fast few with money. So there are pros and cons and we are stuck in a dilemma of what to do and how to go from here.

We would be very happy to hear your thoughts on this subject so we can take that into consideration for future editions.

//KTDF Crew

KTDF 2019 sold out in 8 hours!!!

KILL-TOWN DEATH FEST VII – IS NOW SOLD OUT!!!

Thanks for all the support!!! This is so overwhelming! We love you all and are looking so much forward to hosting all of you who were fast and lucky enough to get a ticket!

We have a limited amount of day tickets for Thursday and Sunday that will be put for sale on a later point. We will let you know when that is.

We will continue tomorrow and the next 39 days with a band announcement a day, so stay tuned!

//KTDF Crew

PRESALE UPDATE:

There are, as we are writing this, less than 80 tickets left for sale. 8 of them are Killtown Packages… So hurry up if you want to join KTDF 2019! Tickets might be gone by the end of the night is the sales continues at this speed.
 
We humbly thank you for all your support! You guys rule!
//KTDF Crew

Presale and first band announcement up!!!

Let it commence – the presale is up! Get your tickets here:
 
It’s also with great pleasure we can reveal the first band of Kill-Town Death Fest VII – “The Decompomorphosis” line-up. We are extremely proud to present the first live show outside Finland since 1990 for non-other than the pioneers of Finnish death metal; ABHORRENCE!!!
 
Abhorrence’s comeback ep “Megalohydrothalassophobic” was released in 2018 to an unsuspecting audience. It received high praise around the world and ended up on Decibel magazine’s top 40 albums of the year -list.
 
Originally the band lived for a single intense year of brutal old school death. In 1989-1990 the teenagers released one demo and one ep, disbanded, and left a permanent mark in the history of extreme metal. Guitarist Tomi Koivusaari went on to make a different kind of impact in the history of metal music with Amorphis.
 
In 2012 Svart Records released the old Abhorrence material as a compilation titled “Completely Vulgar”, re-igniting the band’s heritage and cult status. The following year Abhorrence reformed to play live again. The unapologetic shows were extremely well received. Svart recorded one and released it as the live album “Totally Vulgar – Live at Tuska Open Air 2013”.
 
The old lineup was joined by the young drummer Waltteri Väyrynen of Paradise Lost fame in 2016. Abhorrence in its present form was ready and the result is recorded on “Megalohydrothalassophobic”. Musically it is a deep dive into psychedelic death metal and lyrically an exploration of philosophical horror at the age of the ecological catastrophe.
 
2019 marks the thirty year anniversary of the band and sees Abhorrence as vital as ever.
Abhorrence is yet to release a full length album. But stranger things have happened than a classic Finnish death metal band to be working on their first album after thirty decades, full of energy and vision.
 
Check out Abhorrence here:
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