Today we will turn our focus back to the Middle-East and once again dig up a rotten corpse of the Tel-Avivian underground metal scene. Though initially dubbed as a black metal band, the band we are about to announce has over time and especially with its 2018 EP released through Blood Harvest Records, moved more into the realms of obscure, dark and chaotic death metal. We are therefor excited to announce that Israel´s HAR, will be performing our ByHaven stage during KTDF!!!
Hailing from Tel-Aviv, Israel, Har was formed in 2014 as a 4-piece band by members aligned with bands such as Tamut Amen, Kever, Venomous Skeleton and Mortuus Umbra. Initially the intention was playing a form of raw black metal, a period which is summed up in their debut EP “BAAL HA-OV” which was release by Wolfsbane Records and Orgasmatron Records. Yet as time went on and with the addition of a second guitar player, the urge to express chaos and to delve into obscurity took the band in a path which resulted in “VISITATION”, the band’s second EP, released via Blood Harvest Records in early 2018. Following the release and a line-up change, replacing S.Pollak on guitar With T.Cohen (Mortuus Umbra, Kever), the band embarked in September 2018 on its first appearance outside Israel with a mini-tour through Germany and the Netherlands. The band is currently working on new songs for their next recording which will be a continuation and intensification of the path already taken towards frantic expressions of exalting chaos and obscurantism.
Today we will once again turn our focus back on the greatest death metal nation of Scandinavia; Finland. Despite being around since 2011, it wasn’t until last year’s release through 20 Buck Spin, that the band we are about to announce caught our attention. With an amazingly twisted psychedelic approach to death metal this release really hits a nerve and was definitely on our top 10 list of releases from last year. Therefor we are excited to present to you, the spaced out heavy sounds of GHASTLY!!!
Ghastly is a Finnish hallucinogenic death metal band from Tampere. They started out as a duo, but slowly been raising it’s ugly presence on stages as a full band. The self-released demo tape “Death is Present” came out straight after the forming of the band in late 2011. Same approach continued on the next offering, a 7” titled “Serpentine Union / The Divine Fire” (Demonhood Productions, NO, 2013), but on the debut full length, “Carrion of Time” (Me Saco Un Ojo Records, UK, 2015) the band had more psychedelic vibes and hooks to offer. After a few years of calmness, the time was right to unleash another psychedelia infused & otherworldly full length album that goes by the name “Death Velour” (20 Buck Spin, USA, 2018).
A five year live hiatus were broken in September 2018, to support the mighty Anatomia, among others. Blending the early 90’s Finnish death metal into an eerie world of horror movies, accompanied with psychedelic sound and chaos. That’s what Ghastly is all about.
Today we have the pleasure of presenting one of the newest additions to the Killtown family of Copenhagen-based death metal bands. With only one demo to their name, they quickly gained attention from outside Denmark being added to the Extremely Rotten Production roster. 2019 will see them release more new material through both ERP and Me Saco Un Ojo. Therefor its with great pleasure that we can announce that CHAOTIAN will perform their first festival appearance on our outdoor stage in Byhaven!!!
Formed in the summer of 2017, Chaotian is the newest addition to the Extremely Rotten family hailing from Kill-town. The band started their sonic devastation with the well-received demo ‘Where Gods Excarnate’ recorded with the help of Tuna (Phrenelith, Hyperdontia, Sulphurous) that many have placed among the top demos of 2018. With inspirations from bands like Immolation, Demilich, Blood Incantation and Infester, Chaotian exists only to bring riff-heavy, god-crushing death metal of the old vein back to life. Armed with respect for chaotic and doomy death metal, Chaotian does not shy away from experimenting with their sound by combining elements of both extremes with strange dissonant melodies under a two-tongued approach to spewing forth apocalyptic prophecies and hellish imaginations. Currently, the trio is working on new material that will produce a new demo in the first half of 2019 aside from a planned demo compilation through Me Saco Un Ojo.
Check out Chaotian (dk) here:
We are sorry about the missing announcement yesterday. One too many margaritas might be to blame… Anywho today we are back with a vengeance and have a strong announcement for you. Turning our focus back to Canada and this time to Montreal, we areexcited to be able to present the first ever and exclusive one-off European performance of CHTHE’ILIST!!!
French Canadian Death Metal band Chthe’ilist was founded in 2010 by vocalist/guitarist/bassist Phil Tougas (see also : Funebrarum, Zealotry, Atramentus, Eternity’s End, Cosmic Atrophy, etc) and drummer Philippe “Tyrant” Boucher. Originally formed under the moniker “Phantasmal”, Tougas instead opted to create a new word out of unusual phonetics to name his aberrant creation, because according to him, “the music of unspeakable horrors should not have a plain human word for a name”. The band recorded their first demo “Amechth’ntaas’m’rriachth” in 2011, which was self-released in 2012 and re-released in 2013 by Graceless Recordings. The now sold-out and highly sought-after cassette made the band stick out like a sore (and rotten) thumb in the Montreal metal scene, helping them gain an extremely passionate fanbase overnight and playing various festivals and rare one-off gigs around the country.
Chthe’ilist signed with Profound Lore Records a few years later to release their debut album “Le Dernier Crépuscule” in 2016 and a 7″ EP titled “Passage Into The Xexanotth” in 2018, both causing an enormous stir in the underground. With its thick, otherworldly atmosphere and sickening sonic textures evoking images of abandoned medieval castles inhabited by indescribable, grotesque creatures, combined with dungeon-like, epic-doom tinged sections and shredding solos breaking up the continuous onslaught of eldritch, slime-drenched riffing, complemented with high-precision musicianship, Chthe’ilist’s music tell the tales of unspeakable horrors in an alternate timeline where mankind has fallen back into the medieval dark ages, living on the verge of extinction and in the constant dread of wrathful deities and the unknown entities that lurk in the shadows of ancient towers and spectral realms. From the disgusting, viscous throat-rattling sounds vomited forth by Phil Tougas, to the neoclassical guitar solo duels reminiscent of the Shrapnel Records guitar heroes of old, the outrageous tentacular slap-bass lines and their excentric mix of influences, the band’s sound showcases just the right amount of flashiness and eclecticism through an aura of bitterness, foreboding doom, decay and horror. Chthe’ilist is currently writing music for a 2nd album, with no intentions to rush it.
Check out Chthe’ilist (can) here:
Today we have the honor of presenting a band that we have asked for years to come and play KTDF and it never happened until now. For all of you who have been sitting at home and listening to the oriental interludes on the Necros Christos albums, we have a treat for you – cause Mors Dalos Ra from Necros Christos will be joining us with percussionist Ben Ya Min Al Dee performing the songs of the mighty RA AL DEE EXPERIENCE as part of the “Gloomy Sunday” warm up!!!
Ra Al Dee Experience is performing acoustic oriental craftsmanship with strong mystical content in own compositions. Its name deriving from its two players: Ben Ya Min Al Dee – Percussion, Voice and M. Dalos Ra – Guitar, Saz, Voice.
Founded around 2007 in Berlin, Germany while recording the first demo in 2009, released by Ván Records officially. Heavily inspired by al`Oud players such as Munir Bashir and Rabih Abou-Khalil, the music in itself follows classical Persian and Indian motives with a strong portion of dark extravaganza and even obscure Jazz elements.Titles and themes of the compositions derive from Kabbalah mysticism and the vast secrets emerging by studying Torah.
A Mini Album was released by Ván Records in 2016, entitled Diatessaron.
Today and tomorrow we are presenting something we have never tried before. We are branching out and taking things onto the unbeaten path… We have for years been toying with some ideas on how to expand the “Gloomy Sunday” concept and finally this year we have been able to make these ideas materialize. We want to make an opening afternoon on our outdoor stage with two acoustic acts, both fitting in vibe and atmosphere, but also directly connected to death metal. Therefor we would like to present to you the first of our two scheduled acts for the “Gloomy Sunday”warm-up; the great acoustic one-man death metal act; THE DEAD CREED!!!
The Dead Creed is a mesmerizing one of a kind music project. It was conceived during fall 2014 in a flooded catacomb under a chapel in the middle of nowhere at the Holy Mountain area of Northern Greece. The aim was to create acoustic Death Metal music that resembles to Orthodox Monastery mass. Catacomb Blues, a demo with the first two songs was recorded inside the cave using a mobile phone, capturing the essence of the Creed together with the monstrous reverb created by the cave and the water in it. It was uploaded for free download on bandcamp. Few months later, album material was recorded in a Professional Studio using cutting edge equipment to recreate the sound of the Catacomb. 22 Shows in Europe plus Japan were organized and performed alongside significant metal and non metal bands leaving a very strong impression to the attendees, musicians, organizers and venue owners due to the massive live sound, compositions and imposing performance. Today, the album of The Dead Creed is in the pressing plant, and actions are being taken to organize another series of appearances.
Distinctive sound, Fits no Genre, Can play along different styles of music, breathtaking performance of one person that sounds like a 3-4 piece band without the use of samples or pre-recorded parts. The Creed has proven to be able stand equally next to big bands; on small and big stages. Able to create an atmosphere by opening concerts and festivals, Can perform as an atmospheric interlude between bands, and also as an after headliner. Mystical, capturing, awe inspiring and minimalistic performance; powerful enough to impress the audience of a wide span of musical preferences and put them into a trance.
Tonight we are presenting one of the few local Killtown bands performing this years fest. You may recognise DEAD VOID from last year’s lineup, when they kicked off our “Gloomy Sunday” on the outdoor stage. This year they will share their dark, twisted and fucking heavy death metal in suitably darker and more intimate indoor surroundings.
Eschewing trends and recklessly treading their own mysterious path, Dead Void takes you on an unpredictable journey into the murky depths of psychological terror; a slow, punishing descent may at any moment give way to a wild, unhinged assault. Firmly rooted in the more obscure classics, this is a band that appreciates dynamics and confidently plays things their own way without compromise.
Until now, the band has released only ‘The Looming Spectre’, a demo tape released at the start of 2018 just before they played at The Abyss Festival in Gothenburg. Since then the tape has sold out three times and been rereleased collaboratively by Dark Descent Records in the US and Me Saco Un Ojo Records in the UK. It also featured on several publications’ ‘Best of 2018’ lists, including Cvlt Nation and Your Last Rites.
Since the demo tape, Dead Void have been working on new material at a steady pace, with plans for a new MLP to be released in time for their performance at Kill-Town Death Fest 2019.
Tonight we turn our focus back towards the States, where we have the honour of presenting a very fresh new outfit with only a demo out so far, but a very promising one. They are in our humble opinion one of the most interesting new outfits to rear its ugly head from the thriving American death metal underground. We are therefor very excited to present to you the first bombardent on European soil for SUPERSTITION!!!
Superstition was forged in the furnace of death to construct ripping evil in the classic vein of the Americas. Through the smoke of ruin, the four malefactors of the phantom swarm committed the ‘Surging Throng of Evil’s Might’ demo to tape in the dying moments of 2017. Charging themselves with upholding the menacing lunacy of early American bands such as Necrovore and Possessed, Superstition serves as a torch in the dark to fellow subterranean miscreants standing in opposition to modernity. ‘Surging Throng of Evil’s Might’ showcases ripping, riff-focused evil in the vein of early pan-American progenitors from the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, and Peru. Warp speed riffs and searing, chaotic solos played with uninhibited belligerence run headlong into horrific analog manipulation to guide the listener into total spiritual destruction in the outer realms. Quickly after self-releasing their initial offering, the band formed an alliance with 20 Buck Spin for an LP version of the demo as well as future conspiracies.
In mid-2019 a new shapeless evil will be unleashed. Wrought in the discordant shadows of the preternatural world, Superstition’s debut full length will bring humanity to waste in the pan-dimensional realms of illimitable darkness. Coinciding with the release will be a global assault upon the underground with performances across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
Today marks the halfway point of the announcements. 20 up – 20 more to go go! We have made an overview of the bands that have been announced below in case you lost track. To mark this halfway point we have another special treat for you – a band that has never been over to this side of the pond before. We are excited to present, the Florida based doom/death outfit DRUID LORD‘s first ever performance, as part of the the “Gloomy Sunday”!!!
Druid Lord was formed in the scorching wastelands of Orlando, Florida in 2010 by guitarist Pete Slate (Acheron, Equinox) , bassist/vocalist Tony Blakk (Acheron, Equinox, Diabolic) and original drummer Stephen Spillers (Equinox). All veterans of the FL early 90’s Death Metal scene they felt it was time to evoke something new and cryptic. From the beginning, the band’s intent was and still is to create crushing songs that take inspiration from early death metal (Possessed, Necrovore, Autopsy) and the heavy riffing of ’70s and ’80s doom bands like Cirith Ungol, Winter, and Celtic Frost. Druid Lord take considerable influence from old horror films and the classic movies of Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and John Carpenter. It’s a journey that takes twists and turns within the music giving the listener a feeling of constant dread.
Druid Lord released their debut album, “Hymns for the Wicked”, in 2010 on Horror, Pain, Gore, Death productions. The album gained an impressive strong underground following in a short period of time. Over the years a series of EP’s and split records were released including the haunting “Druid Death Cult” and “Baron Blood” EP’s for Doomentia Records. The band went through some various changes over the course of 2015 with current drummer Elden Santos joining the band and adding the perfect piece to their gloomy ensemble.
In 2018, Druid Lord released their 2nd full length album “Grotesque Offerings” with the support of Hells Headbangers, spreading their supernatural death and doom far and wide. The album recorded at Tony Blakk’s own Blakk Magik Studios and mixed/mastered by Mikko Saastamoinen (Hooded Menace) had been festering within the band for the last few years and has received high praises in the death/doom scene. Haunted castles, witchcraft, the occult, the living dead, dark folklore, and cryptic stories: no ancient stone is left unturned here.
Summer of 2018 saw the addition of guitarist Chris Wicklein from the FL Death Metal band Killing Addiction replacing Ben Ross. A series of live shows followed and now in 2019 Druid Lord continues to write new music for an upcoming EP as well as planning tours and festivals in support of “Grotesque Offerings”. Killtown Death fest will be very a special occasion for the band as it marks their first time on European soil.
Bands announced so far:
-ABHORRENCE (fin) -first performance outside Finland since 1990!
-ADVERSARIAL (can) – exclusive one-off European 2019 gig!
-ANTEDILUVIAN (can) -European one-off!
-BASTARD GRAVE (swe)
-DRUID LORD (us) – first European performance ever! One-off excluisve!
-IGNIVOMOUS (aus) -first European performance in 10 years
-KEVER (il) -first European performance ever!
-MORTUOUS (us) -first European performance ever!
-OF FEATHER AND BONE (us)
-PROFETUS (fin) – debuting their forthcoming album “The Sadness of Time Passing” in its entirety!
-RITUAL NECROMANCY (us)
-SUFFERING HOUR (us) -first European performance ever!
-TOMB MOLD (can) -first European performance ever!
-TRANSGRESSOR (jp) -first European performance ever!
-VASTUM (us) – exclusive 2019 European one-off!
Turning our attention back now to Canada, we are pleased to welcome a band that has graced the European stage only once so far in their journey, and not yet on the mainland. More than three years since the release of their last album, it is certainly long overdue that we announce that ADVERSARIAL will join us at KTDF 2019!
Formed 12 years ago, it wasn’t long after their 2008 demo that Adversarial joined forces with Dark Descent Records before releasing their 2010 debut LP ‘All Idols Fall Before the Hammer’. With fire and destruction as their impetus, the album was a powerful blast to the face of those who cast their bleeding ears upon it. Rejecting social groups and status, Adversarial channels the knowledge attained through a distancing from man and society into a malevolent assault fuelled by a hatred for such futile concepts.
The band’s last album, 2015’s ‘Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism’, saw the band at their most fierce to date. Described by Cvlt Nation as “a tightly wound beast of destruction that is as dynamic as it is punishing”, Adversarial balances powerful aggression with songwriting prowess.
Be prepared and expect no mercy as Adversarial brings their Nihilist Warcult Death Metal to the stage at Kill-Town Deathfest 2019.