Killtown Death Fest


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:
– DEAD VOID (uk/dk)
– DEMILICH (fin)
– DERKÉTA (us)
– FETID (us)
– MEFITIC (it)
– MORTEM (peru)

– SCOLEX (us)
– TAPHOS (dk)
– WORMRIDDEN (jp/dk)

ANTIVERSUM (ch) – Invictus Productions
Formed in 2010 by dedicated and experienced musicians in the Swiss metal scene, Antiversum is an utterly nihilistic entity, which creates a disturbing, oppressing and storming amalgamation of black, doom, and death metal, manifesting the end of the universe, the dawn of nothingness and the collapse of existence itself in audial waves. Completely detached from every concept of spirituality, religion and other humanistic views, Antiversum began its journey into the void in the spring of 2015, when Invictus Productions released the band’s debut demo, “Total Vacuum”, to international acclaim. After an appearance on a 6-way Split, alongside other Swiss Extreme Metal names such as i.e. Deathcult and Bölzer, Antiversum would further stretch spaces in between the Void with their idiosyncratic vortex of violence, in their first debut Album, “Cosmos Comedenti”, released in 2017 again by Invictus Productions.

Listen to “Antinova”;

ASCENDED DEAD – Dark Descent Records/Invictus Productions
Ascended Dead is a Death Metal band formed San Diego, California in the summer of 2011.  Influenced by the likes of Possessed, Necrovore, and Hellhammer, the band put out its first demo in 2012.  After a number of performances, in 2014 the band released the 4-song 7” EP “Arcane Malevolence”, which showed a musical growth.  In 2017, the band put out its first full length, “Abhorrent Manifestation”, 10 tracks of demonic ferocity on Dark Descent Records.  Treading forth into 2018, Ascended Dead continues forth with a new line-up and new songs that are more violent than ever.

Ascended Dead can be described musically as taking the sonic and spastic insanity of Immolation and Incantation and injecting it with a strong dose of cavernous war metal. Ascended Dead’s style is an unholy mixture of speed, technicality, and the desire to inject as many riffs per minute as inhumanely possible. The songs feel like speeding, runaway trains flying by at ungodly speeds, though instead of feeling disorienting, the band’s technical skill and savagery translates to thrilling tunes that necessitate further spins to unravel.

Liste to “Inexorable Death”

 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;

CADAVERIC INCUBATOR (fin) – Hell’s Headbangers Records
Cadaveric Incubator was formed in 2005 by Necroterror (bass/vocals) and Humiliator (guitar/vocals) with the help of various drummers who came and went during the bands first incarnation which lasted around two years. The aim was to create old school disgusting sounds influenced by early Carcass, Repulsion, Autopsy, Xysma, Mortician, Blood and more vile and gory grinding death metal acts of death metal’s youth. But after two demos – of which only the first one “Resurgence of Morbidity” was released – and countless live shows, the band split up in early 2007 due to personal problems between the members.

Seven years later, in 2014, Necroterror resurrected Cadaveric Incubator by teaming up with his old comrade Pentele, who he had know from the early 90’s scene – Back in the deep Finnish backwoods when Necroterror played in his first-ever death metal band, Excrement, and Pentele was drumming for Carnifex and Festerday in the same area. Original founding member Humiliator was asked to join as well and the new demo “Unburied Abominations“ was recorded. After several brutal live shows and a demo compilation released by Terror from Hell Records, the band finally recorded 12 tracks in early 2016 for their debut album, “Sermons of the Devouring Dead”, that was released by Hell’s Headbangers Records in 2017. The band has played in Finland and Russia, but this will be the first time they venture a bit down south of Finland.

Embrace the endoparasites of the Cadaveric Incubator and feel the “Gravestench Asphyxiation”:

CEMETERY URN (aus) – Hell’s Headbangers
Formed in 2006 in Melbourne Australia, Cemetery Urn specializes in a vicious bestial form of Death Metal they’ve branded ‘Australian barbaric death metal’.  The band itself is deeply rooted and has a long history in Australian extreme metal with current members involved in bands such as Abominator, Ignivomous, Bestial Warlust, Belligerent Intent, to name a few. Currently signed to Hell’s Headbangers Records, the band has released 3 full-length albums to date – the latest one in 2017, a ten track nuclear warhead titled ‘Cemetery Urn’ and will be releasing a new full-length album in mid-2018.  The band has played numerous tours and festival performances across Asia and North America and in September/October 2018 they will hit Europe in support of both new releases.

Listen to “The Deepest of Graves” from their latest S/T album here;

DEAD VOID (uk/dk) – unsigned
Former members of Grave Miasma, Conan and Virus met in the pubs of Copenhagen and fell together to create a Non-Ritualistic Death Metal power trio. They played their first gig in Bucharest in April 2017 with Czech legends Root, and second live appearance at The Abyss Underground Festival in Gothenburg alongside bands like Nifelheim, Ram, Necromantheon and many others. They released their first official demo ‘The Looming Spectre’ with 4 songs in January 2018, which was immediately sold out due to high demand. More are being made as we speak.

Think Cianide playing Candlemass riffs in Goatlord’s rehearsal basement. No rituals. No trends. Just dark, twisted and fucking heavy Death Metal.

Listen to ‘The Looming Spectre’  here;

DEIQUISITOR (DK) – Dark Descent Records / Night Shroud Records
Deiquisitor was formed in 2013 by Henrik B.C. and Thomas F.J. They have both played in a several extreme metal bands for more than 20 years such as Fallen Angel, Dominus, Legion, Blodfest, Sadomator and many more and with Deiquisitor they have sought back to their roots in death metal musically through the last few years. Their take on death metal is fast-paced and aggressive, very influenced by the sound and style of the early 90’s bands. The lyrical themes are about topics such as occult science, ancient mysteries and apocalyptic theories. The band started as a duo, but was joined by an ally through many years; Daniel A., on bass in 2014 and they could then start playing live shows too. They have since then released their self-titled debut album in 2015 through fellow Danish death merchants Ancient Darkness Productions and Night Shroud Records and an EP through Me Saco Un Ojo Records in 2016. They’ve done a few shorter trips out in Europe with Kill-Towns Undergang plus a couple of Danish shows with Finnish Galvanizer and have last year finished the recording of their follow-up album “Downfall of the Apostates”, which will see its release in the late winter/early spring of 2018 through Dark Descent Records and Night Shroud Records.

We’re happy to present this Danish death metal brutality in September, but don’t wait till then to check them out, let Deiquisitor bring back the ancient alien gods and deliver their proof of existence in the shape of the “Elongated Crystal Skull”:

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!

DERKÉTA (us) – unsigned/independentétaDoomDeathMetal 
Pittsburgh’s Derkéta is a doom influenced four-piece widely acknowledged as the first all female death metal band. The name Derkéta comes from Stygian Mythology; she was the goddess of death of a blood drinking cult.

Formed in 1988 by Sharon Bascovsky (vocals & guitars) and Terri Heggen (drums), Derkéta spent the past two decades in varying degrees of activity, having released several demos throughout the years. In 2009 Mary Bielich (guitar) & Robin Mazen (bass) joined the lineup and began working on what would become their first full length album, “In Death We Meet”, released in May 2012. Reviews for “In Death We Meet” were extremely positive and it subsequently made several Top 10 lists for Best Metal Release of the year around the world. Soon after completing the recording Terri decided to leave Derkéta to pursue other interests, so Mike Laughlin (ex-Creation is Crucifixion and Cattle Decapitation) was recruited to replace Terri on drums.

Currently, with its first stable lineup, Derkéta is now able to play shows in addition to planning future recordings. In January 2014, Derkéta recorded two songs for Pittsburgh’s Mind Cure Records released as a 7” EP May 2014. Derkéta is also in the process of writing their next full length recording as well as booking shows. However, with all the current activity rest assured there are no musical changes from the early days of Derkéta as they feel bound to stay true to themselves and no one else. Derkéta’s musical beliefs are cemented in the spirit of death metal’s early years and as such will never be a slave to trends.

Listen to “In Death We Meet”:

FETID (US) – 20 Buck Spin / Headsplit Records / Extremely Rotten Productions
Fetid came to being in 2016 with the name change from the dissolved cadaver of Of Corpse, a band two thirds of the members played in from 2013 leading up to the formation of Fetid. In a lot of ways Of Corpse was the beginning of what we hear in Fetid today. Where Of Corpse were heavier (or should we say faster) on the grind side of extreme metal, Fetid delves deeper into absolute gut-wrenching and bowel-extracting death metal heaviness. The duo was joined by Chelsea on bass, who also plays in Seattle death grind band Cauterized, after the name change and started playing local shows and arranged to record a demo.

In 2017 the band released their debut demo suitably entitled “Sentient Pile of Amorphous Rot”, though Headsplit Records and later in the year Extremely Rotten Productions, a showcase of the bands undeniably disgusting and brutally heavy grinding death metal with ultra low tuning and vile deep growls. Rumor has it that Fetid are scheduled to record and release an LP for US Northwest extreme music label 20 Buck Spin this year.

The “Sentient Pile of Amorphous Rot” demo was received extremely well across both the US and Europe and we behind KTDF are repulsively excited about presenting them for the first time in The Old World in September 2018, when Fetid spills their grotesque audio infection in Pumpehuset!

Discover why we’re excited yourselves in the “Foul Remnants”:

GALVANIZER (FIN) – Me Saco Un Ojo Records / Everlasting Spew Records / Extremely Rotten Productions
Formed in 2013 as a one-man project, it grew to 2 members in August 2014 and they recorded their debut demo “Ground Above” later that year. The demo offered their first take on brutal, grinding death metal with lots of energy, grittiness and overall crudity to the recording production and song writing. 2015 saw their first release with a new drummer and therefore a solid line-up for the band and they recorded and released the EP “Horrid Tales of Death” which showed improvement in song writing, production and deliverance and followed the release with playing shows several places in Finland and Denmark in 2016. They have now recorded their debut album “Sanguine Vigil” to be released in early 2018 and will be promoting that during the Resurrection of Kill-Town this September.

Want to know why we’re excited; check out “Mental Vortex” here:

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”:

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”:

HYPERDONTIA (TR/DK) – Extremely Rotten Productions / Night Shroud Records
Hyperdontia is a Turkish/Danish project with members of Burial Invocation, Engulfed, Undergang and Phrenelith. Combined Hyperdontia shows a face of their own with a slightly different breed of death metal than shown in their other bands. The band came into being when Mustafa (guitars) and Malik (bass) asked David (vocals) to help doing vocals for some songs that Mustafa was doing on his own on the side of his other bands and instead of having a drum machine for rhythm section Tuna (drums) was asked to help out. Recording guitars and bass in Istanbul and drums and vocals in Copenhagen, their debut release “Abhorrence Veil” was finished in 2016 and finally released on 7” and MC in 2017 and got well received in the metal underground. A debut album is currently being recorded and will be released sometime in 2018. So join this September’s celebration of death metal and check out what this Turkish/Danish collaboration has to offer.

Forget about showers today and get wrapped in the “Abhorrence Veil”:

INCANTATION (us) – Relapse Records
A megalith of the death metal underground whose New York scene association, aside the pioneers of the genre, head into a new chapter. Ever precise to their origins the band has witnessed and experienced the ebb and flow of the scene they helped create.

Whether due to giving their support by providing some their first tour experience. Or having that equaled playing with such an array of musicians and bands in and outside the confines of the band. With 10 studio albums, videos even a TV commercial. Numerous releases being in the form of demo cassettes, 7 inches, LP, CD dedication still holds true with tireless effort. Hall of Fame, Top 10 lists honoring their discography through publications, internet and radio.

Having gathered supporters and fans all along the 25 year journey. Circles devoted to all/specific eras or an audience’s first encounter. Incantation has crushed venues, festivals, and clubs with their rabid attendance. From North, Central and South America. Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia or Japan all have welcomed the inferno that scorched their lands.

For a quarter century now they’ve been creating blasphemous death metal and still their indulgence is eternal…….. Under the Ibex Moon!

MEFITIC (it) – Nuclear War Now! Productions
The birth of Mefitic dates back to 2004. During nearly ten years of activity, Mefitic have released a collection of demos and splits, lurking in the underground with a few carefully curated live appearances. Nearly six years after the release of their last demo “Signing the Servants of God”, Mefitic emerged from light into utter darkness with the album “Woes of Mortal Devotion”, released under the banner of Nuclear War Now! Productions in 2015. The band has since played few but carefully selected shows, each time succeeding in creating a suffocating atmosphere.

The sonic dimension of Mefitic combines different aspects of death metal that successfully infuse black and doom elements into their own personal anguishing sound. Presenting sharp dissonant, and at times hypnotic riffs that align expertly with a pulsating thundering bass and death rattling vocals – all bringing an aura of despondency and a eternity of raw violent darkness to the stage.

Feast your ears on “Woes of Mortal Devotion” here: https://­­watch?v=GndTYvoElY0

MORTEM (peru) – Iron Pegasus Records
Mortem is one of the oldest acts and the most celebrated band from the obscured Peruvian Death metal scene, as well as the first to have toured Europe and the United States. Founded by Nebiros and Amduscias in July–August 1986, this dark death metal band has been through several line-up changes.

Mortem released their debut album “Demon Tales” in 1996 after signing a record deal with Peruvian record label Huasipungo Records, then reissued by Merciless Records, with which the band also released “The Devil Speaks in Tongues” (1998) and Decomposed by Possession (2000). With the legendary label Iron Pegasus, the band recorded “De Natura Daemonum” (2005) and “Deinós Nekrómantis” (2016) plus several EPs, live records, demo compilations and splits.

Mortem’s current line-up is completed with Chris Jhon on the twin guitar and José Okamura on bass, and with them, the band’s unique brand of occult old school South American death metal is more savage than ever.

Listen to “Angel of Apostasy”;

MORTIFERUM (US) – Profound Lore Records
Hailing from Olympia WA, Mortiferum was formed by Max Bowman (guitars, vocals), Chase Slaker (guitars), and Alex Mody (drums, vocals). Their various bands (Bone Sickness, Ēōs) had played shows together regularly in the local scene as the members shared a mutual interest in Finnish and American death metal, and had a similar vision for the music they wanted to play. In 2016, after several failed attempts to get a band going, the members got together and wrote the songs that became the first demo “Altar of Decay”. They enlisted the help of Dan Fried (Triumvir Foul, Anhedonist) to fill in on bass, and recorded “Altar of Decay” in Mody’s garage. Tracking guitars and drums live in their own space, with part-time keyboard player Ethan Camp as the engineer, Mortiferum were able to capture the songs in their most visceral form. The demo was released by the band themselves and furthermore assisted by an LP release from Profound Lore Records and on cassette by Graceless Records in the US and Extremely Rotten Productions in Europe. During the band’s short existence, Mortiferum have already had the privilege of playing with such luminaries as Asphyx, Phrenelith,  Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Triumvir Foul, and many more. The band have recently announced the addition of full-time bassist, Tony Wolfe and are currently on an 18 date West Coast tour with the also KTDF relevant band Fetid from Seattle.

Mortiferum is currently writing their debut full-length to be released on Profound Lore in the impending future.

Mortiferum will perform during the “Gloomy Sunday” on KTDF and lead us all into the “Blood Chasm”:

NECROS CHRISTOS (de) – Sepulchral Voice Records
Raised through magic and mysticism in late 2001 by guitarist/vocalist Mors Al Ra while soon becoming famous for delivering some of the most dark yet epic Death Metal ever.

In 2011 Necros Christos released its second full length album “Doom of the Occult” through german labels Sepulchral Voice and Ván Records. The album featured nine songs alongside numerous acoustic interludes for which the band became infamously known for since its creation a decade earlier. A sonic mass, constructed like a classical oratorio, equally unique and disturbing.

With their first full length album released in 2007 named “Triune Impurity Rites”, the band gained a worldwide following without leaving behind the atmosphere of the demos – two of which had legendary status already.

Supreme live performances were held since 2005, testifying the band`s status of being one of the darkest yet most heavy Death Metal acts of today`s scene.

Necros Christos` third and final magnum opus, entitled “Domedon Doxomedon” will be released through Sepulchral Voice Records on the 18th of May 2018. Being a triple album and operating totally against the modern zeitgeist of music, it will show the band from their most epic yet angry side ever.

NC will gloriously return to stages in 2018, performing a new and huge live set featuring various classics from all of their releases. Be aware for the time is at hand. Endtyme Death Metal ascends.

Listen to “Black Bone Crucifix”:

Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum. NECROS : CHRISTOS vobiscum.

NECROT (US) – Tankcrimes Records

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”:

NECROWRETCH (fr) – Seasons of Mist
Necrowretch is a French bestial death metal band from Valence, Rhône-Alpes; formed in 2008. After recording demos through Skeleton Plague Records, Aural Offerings Records, and releasing 2 EP’s through Detest Records, Necrowretch signed to Century Media Records in 2012, releasing 2 full length albums before signing to Seasons of Mist who released their latest album “Satanic Slavery” in 2017.

Necrowretch was started by guitarist Vlad with “the impure intention to play sadistic-gravecracking-possessed death metal”. Inspired by Swedish extremists like Merciless, Nihilist or Marduk over to Finnish legends Impaled Nazarene or early US brutality like Death, it is Vlad’s rabid screams, the fast played, occasionally even melodic black metallic riffing that defines their trademark vicious and maniacal sound. While Necrowretch’s roots reach deep into the underground scene, a German debut show with Asphyx, a mini-tour with Morbus Chron, notable festival appearances at Kill-Town Death Fest 2010, the Fenriz curated Live Evil fest 2013, PartySan 2014, Necrowretch has gathered many new followers over the past years, no matter if they come from a death, black or thrash background. Developing constantly further, while remaining true to their original harsh and primitive sound, the trio is eager to expand its live activities and will hit the roads of Europe in September with Cemetery Urn from Australia.

Listen to “Satanic Slavery”;

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” :

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”:

REPTILIAN (no) – Edged Circle Productions
Formed in the remote corner of Fusa, Norway, Reptilian came gushing out like a stream of fresh blood onto the scene with its split 7″EP with fellow Death Thrashing warriors Inculter through Unborn Productions in 2012. After several concerts and festival appearances, they promptly established themselves as a band not to be reckoned with. Through ancient Aztec mythology to transcending death mysticism, they leave no stone unturned on their path showing that there is a new breed of norwegian death metal on the rise.

Reptilian‘s debut album Perennial Void Traverse from 2016 whipped forth a whirlwind of utterly twisted, fever-dreaming death metal and was well-recieved by the international metal community. Reptilian draws the listener into a void of ghastly contours that continually shapeshifts. Lumbering  and lurking down-tempos instill an atmosphere of dread and impending doom, all before explosions of filth-banging thrash burst forth and hammer onward, only for the momentum to be up-ended by further lurking and creeping death, and a whole host of maneuvers that defy easy comprehension: the tools at Reptilian‘s disposal are many, and with an enviously fluid sense of mastery, they weave together a rich, red-eyed tapestry of hysteria and unease. Reptilian execute their death metal magick with a tightness and confidence that are blanching to behold; chaos may threaten to creep in, but the band fully harness its powers and make it their servant.

Pay witness to the new beginning and step deep inside Reptilian‘s Perennial Void Traverse.

Listen to Possessed by the Eyes of the Living God”:

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:

Runemagick (swe) – Imperium Productions / Aftermath Music
Runemagick is a dark death metal band from Sweden, formed in the early 90’s.The band has been in hibernation since 2007 until now in 2018 when the runes got evoked from a long abysmal sleep!

The band has planned to do a few shows during 2018 and the first booked is Killtown Deathfest. The live line-up will be Nicklas Rudolfsson – guitar & vocals, Emma Rudolfsson – bass, Daniel Moilanen – drums and Jonas Blom – guitar. There are also plans to record new material and release it on vinyl via Aftermath Music and bandcamp later in 2018.

Started in late 1990 with mid-tempo death/doom/black kind of metal style inspired by old death and black metal bands like Celtic Frost, Bathory, Autopsy, Hellhammer, Tiamat… First official lineup was Nicklas Rudolfsson (also in Heavydeath, The Funeral Orchestra and more bands/projects) and Robert Pehrsson (also in Death Breath, Robert Pehrsson’s Humbucker and more bands/projects). The music has developed over the years as a result of many lineup changes, many recording sessions and releases.

With the album “Darkness Death Doom” (recorded 2002) and current line-up, Runemagick finally shaped an “own style” and forged the formulas of darkness, death and doom -metallic sounds, influenced by old death/black metal roots mixed with mid/slow heavy groove and apocalyptic soundscapes.

The lineup has been stable since fall of 2002 with Nicklas Rudolfsson – guitars & voice, Emma Rudolfsson – bass and Daniel Moilanen (also in Heavydeath and Katatonia) on drums.

Listen to “Enter the Realm of Death”;

SCOLEX (us) – Carbonized Records
Scolex was formed in Oakland, CA in 2010 by drummer/vocalist Justin Green and bassist/vocalist Erika Osterhout. Handling guitar duties themselves (with guest appearances from Danny Corralles of AUTOPSY, the duo recorded four tracks of doomy, punk-influenced death metal in late 2011, and released “Torn From Beyond” as a 12″ mini-LP on Osterhout’s own label Lunar Tomb Records. With a live lineup in place they did several mini-tours in 2012 and 2013 with bands like Necrot and Undergang. In July 2013 they opened for Autopsy’s first and only show ever in Seattle, WA, which lead to Eric Cutler replacing both guitarists in 2014 for a few shows including one with Undergang and Trepanation. Shortly afterwards the band went on hiatus but the members kept busy with other projects like Femacoffin, Extraction and Necrosic. In 2018 Scolex returned with a new lineup of guitarists Sonny Reinhardt (Necrot, Saviours) and Paul Riedl (Spectral Voice, Blood Incantation) for another West Coast tour with Acephalix, Mortiferum and Fetid, sharing the stage with Mortuous, Hell, Skeletal Remains and more. With an exclusive European appearance at Kill-Town Death Fest this September and an impending split 7″ with Mortuous on Carbonized Records, Scolex is back and heavier than ever.

Listen to “Dweller of the Twilight Void”:

SEMPITERNAL DUSK (us) – Dark Decent Records
Formed in 2011 by JH and TC after the demise of thier previous band, The Warwolves. ‘Demo MMXII’ was recorded as a two-piece and released in 2012, catching the attention of Dark Descent Records. In 2013 AW and TG joined on guitar and bass to flesh out the line-up for live performances and to begin writing a full length. Debuting this lineup at the Dark Descent Records showcase in Portland the same year.
2014 saw the release of the self-titled full length via Dark Descent Records followed by a string of live performances up and down the West Coast with Larvae.

In 2015 guitarist AW left and was replaced by VB formerly of Anhedonist. The band then began working on new material for a string of splits and eps to be released the next year as well as playing Covenant Fest II in Vancouver B.C., a string of dates with Spectral Voice and Blood Incantation and the ‘Darkness over the West’ tour supporting Mgla and Weregoat.

In 2017 split releases with Encoffination and Bloody Master manifested the first recordings of the current line-up. Sempiternal Dusk is currently headed into Autopsy Room studios in February to record their second full length to be released on Dark Descent Records in late 2018. They have shared the stage with a number of ungodly bands over the last few years including Incantation, Asphyx, Demilich, Mgla, Funebrarum, Hooded Menace and Revenge.

Listen to “Upon the Gallows of Perihelion” from the 2014 ST full length;

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”:

TAPHOS (dk) – Blood Harvest Records
Taphos was spawned in 2015 with the purpose to create music that evokes desperation and hopelessness. Their music is rooted in death and draws inspirations from all darker aspects of life and life thereafter.

The first eruption took place in form of the demo MMXVI and an EP, named MMXVII, followed soon after. Same year Taphos entered Ballade Studios where enough chaos was captured to produce what will be their first full-length. An aftershock from this séance took place in form of the ‘Premonition’ tape.

The debut full-length will be unleashed in 2018 through Blood Harvest Records

Listen to “Impending Peril”:

TORTURE RACK (US) – Parasitic Records / Headsplit Records
Torture Rack was formed in 2012 in Portland, Oregon, and released their debut demo “Medieval Mutilation” in 2013 through Headsplit Records, a debut release showcasing sheer brutality and violence over 4 songs full of crude memorable riffs and lots of headbang-encouraging grooves. 2015 saw the release of their debut album “Barbaric Persecution” offering more precise re-recordings of the killer songs from their demo and several new abominable intestine-twisting songs to their catalogue. Their death metal is soaked in the crudity and unmatched brutality found in a lot of the American East Coast bands from the early 90’ies perfectly wrapped in rough crunchy guitars, bowel liquefying bass, steam rolling drumming and gut puking low grunts all making Torture Rack the foul death metal creature it is.

The band has played many shows around their home in the North West and got invited over to play at the infamous Maryland Death Fest in 2017, truly delivering their caveman death metal putrescence from a bigger scale stage. Their second full length has recently been recorded and has been scheduled for a 2018 release, so it’s our dissolving pleasure to help promote that upcoming torturous death metal splatter platter by bringing them over to Europe for the first time and spew chunky gory metal at us from the stage in Pumpehuset!

Fear the Torture Rack, follow us and enter the “Chamber of Morbidity”:

TRIUMVIR FOUL (us) – Vrabusalat Records/Invictus Productions/Blood Harvest Records
Triumvir Foul began in 2014 as a two-man project, focusing on the worship of death and destruction, which was matched by their ugly and depraved death metal sound. After several line-up- changes, Triumvir Foul’s return to their original two-man line-up has allowed them to create, a more focused and raw sound, fusing the atmospheres of both their 2015 eponymous album and 2014 debut An Oath of Blood and Fire demo.

Their music is an unrelentingly dense, filthy expanse of morbid Metal of Death bestiality, base and belligerent at the core and yet plumbing depths of the psyche that otherwise betray such a seemingly simple, on-the-surface assault.

Triumvir Foul delves into the perverse evolution of unhinged hedonism and carnal irreverence through the exploration of carnage in the spectral realm. Expanding beyond the themes of occultism and mythological allegories of the self-titled first album, the sophomore album Spiritual Bloodshed takes on a much more direct approach, clenching at the throat of one’s putrid desires.

Witness Triumvir Foul´s first European performance at KTDF!

Listen to “Spiritual Bloodshed”:

UNDERGANG (DK) – Dark Descent Records / Me Saco Un Ojo Records / Extremely Rotten Productions
Formed in 2008 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Undergang has set out to have explored and accomplished a lot in their now 10 year life span. Having released 4 full length albums, a solid list of smaller releases in the form of splits, EP’s and various promotional tapes, the band has also toured big parts of the world and shared a take on death metal with their own slimy, gruesome, low-tuned death metal sewage. Having last year included a second guitarist in their line-up, one can expect an even heavier and massive life performance than earlier experienced at KTDF in the past, when Undergang celebrates their 10th anniversary in Pumpehuset with all of us in September 2018!

Check for yourself here, when Undergang played lived in the studio on Danish Television in December 2017:

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”:

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”: