We will be announcing one band a day until the the entire line-up has been announced. We will be announcing 35 bands in total.
Here are the bands that have been announced so far in alphabetical order:
– BLOOD INCANTATION (us)
– DEMILICH (fin)
– GRAVE MIASMA (uk)
– HOODED MENACE (fin)
– NECROT (US)
– PHRENELITH (dk)
– PISSGRAVE (us)
– RIPPIKOULU (fin)
– SPECTRAL VOICE (us)
– VENENUM (d)
– WORMRIDDEN (jp/dk)
BLOOD INCANTATION (us) – Dark Decent Records
Blood Incantation is an American death metal band from Denver, Colorado, formed in 2011. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Paul Riedl, guitarist Morris Kolontyrsky, drummer Isaac Faulk and bassist Jeff Barrett. Their debut album, Starspawn, was released in 2016 through Dark Descent Records and received critical acclaim from music publications such as Decibel and Stereogum.
The band’s sound features “a psychedelic take on classic death metal” and melds “technicality with tectonic riffs, cavernous vocals and eerie, Dodsengel-like moments of caustic stillness.” On the band’s style, Stereogum’s Aaron Lariviere wrote: “Screaming leads cut a swath through the churn of atonal rhythm guitars, blending the bright melodicism of late-period Death with the alien tones of Morbid Angel circa Domination.” The band’s lyrics mainly deal with topics such as space and death.
Since the release of Starspawn, Blood Incantation has been touring extensively around the world with several North American and European tours and a mini Australian tour under their belt. The band will return to Europe this summer and fall to do a round of festivals across the European continent ending their crusade at KTDF!
Check out “Vitrification Of Blood Part 1” from the Starspawn album; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah1qrJjhDIs
DEMILICH (fin) – Svart Records
Demilich have deservedly become one of the most legendary bands to emerge from the Finnish metal underground. While they are obscure in the grand scheme of things, they are well known in the metal underground and probably need no introduction to most underground death metal fans as they could be considered one of the most important bands in codifying the “dissonant and technical” strain of death metal alongside Quebec’s Gorguts.
The sheer experimentation of this music represents a progression of the genre of death metal that has seldom been equalled elsewhere, and the music is much more complex than it first appears on the surface.
The band was created in Kuopio, Finland during 1990, established by vocalist / guitarist Antti Boman, bass player Jussi Teräsvirta plus drummer Mikko Virnes. The cassette demos ‘Regurgitation Of Blood’ and ‘The Four Instructive Tales… Of Decomposition’ surfaced the following year, after which Barathrum guitarist Aki Hytönen was added to the roster. ‘…Somewhere Inside The Bowels Of Endlessness…’ followed in 1992. In February 1993 Demilich released their debut album, ‘Nespithe’ which has later become an underground classic. The band initially disbanded in 1993, but was resurrected in 2005-2006 again in 2010 and now active since 2014 with an American tour under their belt among several festival performances.
The band’s live performance is consistently fantastic; this is demanding material from a technical standpoint and the four members of Demilich are more than up to the challenge of performing it.
This music genuinely sounds like it was composed and performed by aliens! We welcome these Finnish aliens!
GRAVE MIASMA – Sepulchral Voice Records
These occult death metal legends formed in London, England in 2002 under the name of Goat Molestör they released their first demo tape, Ancient Barbaric Assault as well as the Realm Of Evoked Doom 7″ in 2005.
The band changed its name to Grave Miasma in 2006 and eventually released the Exalted Emanation MLP on September 9th 2009 on Sepulchral Voice Records. The Realm Of Evoked Doom EP was later re-released on CD with improved sound by Nuclear Winter Records.
After a small break and a handful of gigs and tours in Europe and the USA, Grave Miasma released their debut full-length album entitled Odori Sepulcrorum on 13.9.13. This was released by Sepulchral Voice Records in Europe and Profound Lore Records in the USA. The band embarked on a 14-date European tour with Necros Christos shortly after.
In 2016 Grave Miasma released the “Endless Pilgrimage” EP following up their “Odori Sepulcrorum” milestone album by taking their sound further into darker, more atmospheric and more progressive territory channeling some of their most challenging, aggressive, and most advanced material to date. With “Endless Pilgrimage”, Grave Miasma have harnessed a new level of creativity to their oeuvre creating another unparalleled work within the genre.
Listen to “Purgative Circumvolution”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U2L31yRn_M
HOODED MENACE (fin) – Season of Mist
Hooded Menace is a death/doom band formed in Joensuu, Finland in 2007 by Lasse Pyykkö (also known from the cult Finnish death metal band Phlegethon). Very much influenced by the 80´s Candlemass, early Cathedral and Paradise Lost, Autopsy, Asphyx and Winter, the band wanted to play really doom-laden death metal that combined crushing and somber riffs with a hint of melody. Many of their lyrics are inspired by the classic 1970s Spanish horror series The Blind Dead that included the films “Tombs of the Blind Dead”, “Return of the Evil Dead”, “Horror of the Zombies”, and “Night of the Seagulls”.
Hooded Menace have released albums on various labels such as Relapse, Profound Lore and Doomentia. The band is currently signed to Season of Mist who released the group’s fifth album “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed” in January 2018. Hooded Menace have toured Europe and the US, opened for legendary bands such as Candlemass and Saint Vitus, and played festivals like Roadburn, Hellfest, Maryland Deathfest, California Deathfest, Netherlands Deathfest, Tuska, Party.San Open Air, Obscene Extreme and many more.
2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of the debut album “Fulfill the Curse” and the band is celebrating their first-born overweight baby by playing the album in its entirety at Holland´s Roadburn Festival and at Denmark´s very own Kill-Town Death Fest. Hooded Menace refused to play live until 2010, after the release of their second album “Never Cross the Dead”, hence some of the material from “Fulfill the Curse” never made to the band´s set list. The guys are excited about this opportunity to focus solely on the debut album material and to conjure it up in its gory glory, song by song, at a few special shows this year.
Check out “Charnel Reflections” from “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNibqPCHsbo&list=PLArAJlC1y55_CasDpiE02c7Dhu_OJZBUg&index=3
Back in 2011 Luca (bass & vocals) and Chad (drums) started out recording and releasing their first two demos only consisting of the two as members, as they couldn’t find the right person to join the band on guitar to fit with what they had in mind. After having Luca play guitars on the recordings, they found local guitar-swinger Sonny to form the steady line-up to play and record their third and final demo “The Labyrinth” showed what was to come. Having always been busy keeping their presence visible in their local scene and both coasts of America, 2017 saw the release of their debut album “Blood Offerings” and first full US tour over the summer. The album gathered them a lot of well-deserved attention and soon after they were offered yet another big US tour supporting Suffocation forcing them to cancel their planned European tour that year. That will however now be changed as we have the honor of showing NECROT for the first time in Europe at KTDF 2018.
Don’t just take our word for it; rip it up with NECROT to “Empty Hands”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTNas0q5exI
PHRENELITH (dk) – Dark Descent Records / Me Saco Un Ojo Records / Extremely Rotten
Phrenelith was formed sometime in the year 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark and was rehearsal dwelling for most of the year, before recording their two track debut demo in over a time span of 3 months. The demo was released 3 months later through Extremely Rotten Productions in March 2015. Not long after they recruited their bassist and started playing gigs and a 2nd demo entitled “Veiled Verses” was recorded as a 4 piece and released later in 2015. The band has so far been on 2 European tours, one 2 weeks tour on the US West Coast and played several one off shows. The band released their debut album “Desolate Endscape” in early 2017 and received a good deal of attention and are currently brewing on several new planned releases.
Phrenelith plays a dark, filthy, low tuned, blackened, raw brand of death metal spiked with dual death grunts, not for anyone craving clarity or pleasant production values. Always with the memorable riffs in focus and drums varying from steamrolling slowness to meat grinding speed, Phrenelith aims at making your ears and eyes bleed.
Check out “Dysmorphosis” from “Desolate Endscape” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8mFqp6tmz8&index=6&list=PL1miPiWXFl6g5w524Dz7kyvs9LV6AB4bQ
PISSGRAVE (US) – Profound Lore Records
The band was formed by the twin brothers Tim (guitar and vocals) and Matt (drums) and they started out as a duo playing live shows in Philadelphia and surroundings. They later made a full line-up including Demian from heavy rockers Serpent Throne on guitar and their friend John on bass at the time, who has since been replaced by Brad, who’s earlier been the vocalist of Otesanek. The band gathered a bit of well deserved attention in their home country when they did a short East Coast tour with Greek death metal heavy weights, Dead Congregation a few years back and they visited Europe for the first time in 2016 on a 2 week tour with Danish Phrenelith. They’ve been selective with what they’ve done and so far all they’ve done has impressed us and many others.
PISSGRAVE is fierce, raw, brutal and disturbing. Their music is violent and disgusting. PISSGRAVE is death metal when death metal turns REAL ugly and we salute and support that!
Find out for yourselves and get your ears mangled in the “Blood Fog”:
RIPPIKOULU (fin) – Svart Records
The legendary Finnish doom/death metal band, Rippikoulu was formed in 1990 in Valkeakoski, Finland. Originally a punk/metal hybrid, but as a few band members changed they evolved into a metal band. Rippikoulu played music which is difficult to define mixing genres to their very own unique brand of slow punk fuelled death metal and were the first death metal band to sing in Finnish.
They released their first demo ”Mutaation Aiheuttama Ssäinen Mätäneminen” in 1992 follwed by the now classic demo ”Musta seremonia” demo in 1993. Both demos were distributed and sold worldwide.
When the band’s guitarist Marko Henriksson died in 1995, Rippikoulu was on hold for two years. Comeback attempts were made later but it wasn’t the same without Marko and therefore they ultimately split-up.
After re-releasing “Musta Seremonia” through Svart Records in 2010 the band decided to re-united is currently active again with their most memorable performance being Finnish Death Metal Maniacs Fest in 2015 and 2017.
Listen to “Kadonneet Jumalat” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik4oNGK9cBE&list=PLjRj1zgm9Biy50UTmrf1yJmQsbDfanmJN&index=1
SPECTRAL VOICE (us) – Dark Decent Records
The Spectral Voice crawled out of the doomed abyss of Denver, Colorado (US) in late 2012 to play slow rotting death/doom from beyond the grave. Focusing on gloomy funeral atmosphere and the ancient death-metal feeling. Their early performances and rehearsal tapes were well received and word of their morbid aura quickly spread through the underground. January 2015 saw their first official release, the “Necrotic Doom” demo, which sold 300 copies before their first West Coast tour in March the same year. Eventually selling over 700 copies, the cassette was re-released in Europe through Iron Bonehead Productions (DE) and again on compact disc by Dark Descent Records (US). In September 2015 they released a split 7″ with Blood Incantation (US), and made their first East Coast appearance at Martyrdoom Festival IV in New York City. Following the success of their demo and 7″, the band played Covenant Festival II (CAN) in June 2016 and embarked on the massive “Melting Across America” tour with Undergang (DK) during July. By the end of the year they had played California Deathfest, Metal Threat Festival (both US) and released a split 7″ with Denmark’s Phrenelith, as well as vinyl repress of “Necrotic Doom“. In February 2017 the band recorded their debut album “Eroded Corridors of Unbeing”, which was released by Dark Descent Records in time for their first European tour in October 2017 with Blood Incantation. While the band’s recent splits hint at a faster, more traditional death metal style, the full length descends into crypts more dismal and necrotic than the demo, pushing their sound even deeper into funerary horror and despair…
Listen to “Visions of Psychic Dismemberment”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9oNQHbp0pA
VENENUM (d) – Sepulchral Voice Records
Formed in Nürnberg, Germany in 2008 from the ashes of the too soon defunct Excoriate, Venenum strikes mercilessly with their Heavy Metal of Death! In March 2017 they finally released their much anticipated debut album “Trance of Death” through Sepulchral Voice Records. The album had been 6 year in the making following their highly praised self-titled debut EP. “Trance of Death” is a masterpiece of epic proportions and has hit several top 10 lists of 2017. With such an album under their belt, one can assume that Venenum is a band that for sure will leave its mark in the Death Metal legacy. Mixing asphyxiating riffs of heaviness and eerie passages of morbid darkness, Venenum definitely knows how to combine the best of death and darkness into their age-old Metal cauldron.
Massively praised by the relevant music press and many veterans (i.e. Fenriz and Frank Stöver), Venenum started touring across Europe with bands such as Sonne Adam, Tribulation/Ketzer/Alchemyst, Watain/Degial and latest in Aptil with Reveal from Sweden. Additionally they have played dozens of club shows and festivals in the North, South, East, and West, of Europe like Hells Pleasure, Party San Open Air, Wolfthrone Festival, Hell Over Hammaburg etc., always convincing with their stunning live shows and remarkable appearances. In February of 2018 they will hit the roads of Europe once again with Denmarks own Slægt for the “Europe in Trance tour”.
Check out “Cold Threat” from “Trance of Death”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8igIcLbqDo
WORMRIDDEN (DK) – Me Saco Un Ojo Records / Extremely Rotten Productions
Wormridden was formed during the aftermath of KTDF 2010 on a ferry from Denmark to Germany when Anatomia (jp) and Undergang (dk) played a few shows together following the first edition of the festival. Created with a combined love for the late 80’es/early 90’es Scandinavian heavy take on death metal, where the guitars were tuned as low as possible, drum beats were dragging slowly across moldy pavement only to explode in furious speed at surprising times and vocals so low and gurgling as humanly possible were the law, Wormridden aims at delivering equal disgusting chunk-loads of speaker liquefying death metal. Having only played one live show and that being in Tokyo, Japan, back in October 2014, KTDF is happy to present for the first time Wormridden live on European ground when they make the floor shake during the Resurrection´s return of “Gloomy Sunday” this year!
Join us, let your speakers dissolve while Wormridden is “Rotting Beyond Belife”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5sJB9Hx4F8