Killtown Death Fest


Kill-Town Death Fest VIII “10 Years of Death” lineup (in alphabetic order):
ACEPHALIX (us) -KTDF exclusive one-off/first Europan show in 9 years!
ASTRIFEROUS (costa rica) -first European show ever / KTDF exclusive! !
BLOODSOAKED NECROVOID (costa rica) -first European show ever! / KTDF exclusive!
CAVURN (us) -first European show ever! / KTDF exclusive!
CARCINOID (aus) -first European show ever!
COFFIN TEXTS (us) -first European show ever!
CONVOCATION (fin) -first live show ever!
DEGIAL (swe)
ENCOFFINATION (us) -KTDF exclusive European one-off!
FACELESS BURIAL (aus) -first European show ever!
FATHER BEFOULED (us) -KTDF exclusive European one-off!
INNUMERABLE FORMS (us) -first European show ever!
KRYPTS (fin)
MORTAL WOUND (us) -first European show ever!
OSSUARY (us) -first European show ever!
SNĚŤ (cz)
VOID ROT (us) -first European show ever!
WITCH VOMIT (us)  -first European show ever!/KTDF exclusive European one-off!  

ACEPHALIX (us) – 20 Buck Spin

Known for its punishing and relentless live performances, Acephalix (definition: headless, with no leader) is a Bay Area Death Metal institution that spawned some of the most well known underground Death Metal acts of the last decade.

The band began as the brainchild of vocalist Daniel Butler and guitarist Kyle House (Defiance PDX, The Riffs, Poison Idea) in the rat – rodent and human alike – infested depths of San Francisco’s Turk Street Studios. Soon after, 2nd vocalist Sara Gillespie, drummer Isaac Starr, bassist Miguel Maciel (Peligro Social) and guitarist Gabe Gavriloff (Depressor) joined and the 6-headed crust mutant recorded its first two demos with Jeff “Jef Leppard” Davis, in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

Acephalix played its early live shows alongside the likes of Stormcrow, Hellbastard, Eyehategod, Desolation, Crow, and others. The incarnation that included Dave Benson (Depressor) on drums and new transplant from Italy Luca Indrio (Pistons) on bass released their debut 7” (2009, Prank Records, Greg Wilkinson/Earhammer) and debut full-length, Aporia (2010, Prank, Jef Leppard) and furthered their aural/neural war campaign across the US (as the first band to tour with Denmark’s Undergang) and Europe.

After Gabe’s departure, the 4-piece version of Acephalix (Dan, Kyle, Luca, Dave) mowed forward into Death Metal infamy, releasing demos Interminable Night and Flesh Torn in Twilight (Deific Mourning, 2010, 2011, both recorded by Jef, later released as the compilation Interminable Night by Southern Lord Records and sophomore LP Deathless Master (2012, Jef, So. Lord).

After a 3 year hiatus that saw the various members (with like-minded members of the Bay Area Death Metal scene) concoct the likes of Vastum, Necrot and Lawless, the rebirthed Acephalix released its latest record, Decreation (2017, Greg/Earhammer, 20 Buck Spin).

Currently working on new studio material, Acephalix enters the next decade with the additions of Adam Camara (Fiend, Ensepulcher, Mortuous), Colin Tarvin (Mortuous, Evulse, Socioclast) on guitars, and delegate/live bassist Erika Osterhout (Scolex, Chthonic Deity, Painted Doll).

KTDF will mark the first European visit from Acephalix in 9 years.

ASCENDENCY (dk) – unsigned

Ascendency initially started out as solo project, formed by the strong desire to create dark and furious music. Here in a wail of enshroudment, concepts and ideas were slowly formed and refined over a number of years, until the enlistment of a competent drummer took place, taking the band to newer heights and gaining them prowess musically.

The bands sound can best be described as piercing guitars, playing triumphant and melodic riffs, tearing through an eternal battlefield, accompanied by visceral shrieking, and commanding vocals, bringing forth tales of fiery conquest and heralding a new dark era, together with a relentless bombardment of drums, that underlines the songs with pure rhythmic punishment and primitive force.

The band then recorded and made two promotional tapes, before the line-up was completed by the recruitment of a second guitar, and live activity was made possible. In May 2019, the band recorded their first MLP/MCD, which have since then gone through an extensive mixing and mastering process, in the pursuit of an impactful sound for their debut release. The record is finally ready to be sent to press, and will be out in time for their performance at Kill-Town Death Fest, where it can leave it’s burning mark upon the world.

ASPHYX (nl) – Century Media Records

Formed in 1987, ASPHYX took the burgeoning underground scene by storm, with a crushing sound inspired by

the likes of Venom, Messiah, Hellhammer, Necrophagia and Slaughter. After producing several demos that rapidly spread through tape trading, full-length masterpieces “The Rack” (1991) and “Last One On Earth” (1992) led to international success and tours with Bolt Thrower, Benediction and Entombed.

Despite rising to be one of the international metal scene’s premiere bands, a slew of line-up issues led to the band’s eventual demise in 2000. In 2007, roughly 20 years after the band’s original formation, the metal community revelled in the return of Dutch doom/death pioneers ASPHYX during their outstanding live reunion performance at Germany’s Party.San Open Air. This unforgettable show resulted in legions of underground supporters yearning for a proper comeback and when the band’s acclaimed 2009 studio album “Death…The Brutal Way” finally hit the scene like a carpet bombing every single doubt was erased in its devastating aftermath – ASPHYX were f**king back!

When every other band was all of a sudden obsessed with “faster and more technical” challenges, ASPHYX were responsible for establishing a traditionalistic sound easily recognizable due to its doomy groove, chainsaw-like guitar sound, ominous atmosphere, pounding drums and the unbelievably insane death-roar of the mighty Martin van Drunen. Apparently, this has proven to be a timeless and trend-defeating formula, demonstrated by the band’s effortless and successful rise in today’s diverse and unmanageable world of extreme music, where ASPHYX are now massively appreciated for their straight-forward, authentic approach.

The incredible response from fans old and new re-established ASPHYX as an unstoppable force in metal, able to deliver crushing blows of aggression and gloom in the raw, authentic style forged decades before. In 2012 the band forged “Deathhammer,” a phenomenal success celebrated by hordes of ASPHYX fans worldwide and four years later, in 2016, “Incoming Death”, another dose of merciless brutality on the masses.

ASTRIFEROUS (Costa Rica) – Wastelands Productions / Me Saco Un Ojo Records

Conceived in early 2018 in San José, Costa Rica, Astriferous is a death metal entity reeking of the old school ways of the genre and executed by Jose Maria Arrea (drums), Andy Garita (bass, vocals), Felipe Tencio (guitars, vocals) and Federico Gutierrez (guitars, vocals). Drawing influences from the genre’s giants Immolation, Incantation, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Demigod, Convulse, Adramelech, Abhorrence, Seance, Crematory and Desultory; the band’s sole purpose is to create sick riffs and crushing songs to use as an offering to the altar of death metal.

Astriferous has released only one demo (Raise High the Scepter of Indulgence) in 2019, but an ep and a split are already on route to be released in early 2020.

ATAVISMA (fr) – Everlasting Spew Records

Atavisma’s sound is influenced by the old school Swedish sound with the dissonant riffs of the American death metal giants from the New York Scene. The band adds their own take of Doom and dissonance typical of the French underground scene to create their own unique sound. Their live performances are characterized by heavy distorted guitars and grinding bass, deep and guttural vocals and unrellenting drums. The band is known for creating a suffocating ambiance through the abuse of their instruments, channeling dreadful sonic landscapes to the listener.

Atavisma was formed in 2013 by G. on guitars and L. on vocals. After releasing their first demo, they’ve gathered a live line-up and toured intensively in France and in Spain from 2014 to 2018. After minor line-up changes they’ve entered the studio to record their début album, «The Chthonic Rituals»  which came out through Memento Mori (Spain) on CD format in 2018 and Breathe Plastic Records (Netherlands)on tape format in 2019. After another line-up change, the band signed with Everlasting Spew Records (Italy) and will release a split with the US doom/death band Void Rot, and plan to release their second album in 2020.

The band has played with major death and doom metal acts throughout their young career, such as Incantation, Blood Incantation, Cruciamentum, Krypts, Jupiterian, Grave Miasma, Ataraxie, Archgoat…

BLOOD INCANTATION (us) – Dark Descent Records / Century Media Records
Cosmic Death Metal band BLOOD INCANTATION was formed in 2011 by guitarist/vocalist Paul Riedl and drummer Isaac Faulk. Joined by guitarist Morris Kolontyrsky and bassist Jeff Barrett, the band spent many years developing their sound through rehearsal demos and promo tapes before finally embarking on their first tour in 2015, which coincided with the release of their debut studio EP “Interdimensional Extinction” on Dark Descent Records. After releasing a now-infamous split EP with SPECTRAL VOICE, the band entered World Famous Studios in Denver, CO to record their debut album “Starspawn” (Dark Descent Records). A cerebral whirlwind of intense and otherworldly Atmospheric Death Metal, “Starspawn” soon took the underground Death Metal world by storm. The next two years took them all around the world, sharing the road with underground cult favorites like DEMILICH, CRUCIAMENTUM & NECROT as well as Metal Legends MORBID ANGEL, CANNIBAL CORPSE, IMMOLATION and even ARCTURUS. Through multiple campaigns across Europe and the USA, with appearances in Canada, Australia, Turkey, and Israel, BLOOD INCANTATION have established themselves as a powerful force in the underground live circuit, having additionally dominated a multitude of esteemed festivals such as Brutal Assault, Party-San Open Air, Kill-Town Deathfest, Beyond The Gates, Maryland Deathfest and more. During this time “Starspawn” has gone on to sell nearly 10,000 copies on vinyl alone, garnering near-universal acclaim from both fans & media alike. The band finished off 2018 by self-releasing the “Live Vitrification” EP, a vibrant documentation of their powerful live performance.

In the Summer of 2019, BLOOD INCANTATION re-entered World Famous Studios to record “Hidden History of the Human Race”, where they were committed to manifesting an even more powerful and diverse album than its predecessor. From the neck-breaking speed, slams, and sheer aggression of the opening track “Slave Species of the Gods”, it is immediately apparent that they have succeeded. Listeners are then thrown into “The Giza Power Plant”, an intense and brutal timewarp that proves to be even more progressive and atmospheric than the most epic moments on “Starspawn”. The following strange, dream-like ambience of “Inner Paths (to Outer Space)” is beyond anything BLOOD INCANTATION have done before: a pulsing, genuine psychedelic landscape that evolves into utter brutality, featuring guest vocals by Antti Boman (DEMILICH). However, nothing can prepare the listener for the journey that is “Awakening From the Dream of Existence to the Multidimensional Nature of Our Reality (Mirror of the Soul)”, the album’s final track. Clocking in at eighteen minutes of unrelenting speed and intensity, this is the most monumental BLOOD INCANTATION song ever recorded. With cryptic, ethereal lyrics and classic 1970s artwork by Sci-Fi god Bruce Pennington, “Hidden History of the Human Race” is both a meditative inquiry on the Mystery & Nature of human consciousness, and a dynamic foray into the realms of Progressive, Brutal & Atmospheric Death Metal, as revealed by BLOOD INCANTATION.

BLOODSOAKED NECROVOID (costa rica) – Iron Bonehead Productions

Bloodsoaked Necrovoid hails from San José, Costa Rica and currently consist of Jose Maria Arrea (Drums) and Federico Gutierrez (Guitars, Vocals). Since their festering inception in late 2017, Bloodsoaked Necrovoid sets out to create a slow and decaying death/doom full of suffering and anxious despair from the depths of a dismal and violent abyss, following in the footsteps of bands such as Incantation, diSEMBOWELMENT, Grave Upheaval, Rippikoulu, Eternal Darkness, Gorement and Winter.

Bloodsoaked Necrovoid have spew 2 demos tapes (Demo I & Demo II) in 2018, later issued as a compilation, and a split tape on 2019. The band continue their dismal procession through the genre and prepare their first full-length production to be unleashed sometime in 2020. 

BURIAL INVOCATION (tr) – Dark Descent Records

Burial Invocation was formed in Ankara, Turkey in with the intention of playing dark death metal. First release “Rituals of the Grotesque” was released in 2010 through Dark Descent Records, also being the first release of the label. A split 7” with Anatomia followed in 2011, after the debut live appearance in the first edition of Kill Town Deathfest in 2010.

The band moved further, widening its sound into a more varied interpretation of death metal, and the album “Abiogenesis” was released in 2018. A Europe tour consisting of 18 dates followed, including NRW Deathfest and Porto Deathfest.

“Abiogenesis” is a celebration of death metal in its various aspects, with lyrical concepts dealing with themes like the mystery of life and death, psychedelic experience, frailty of belief systems and the absurdity of the human condition, which underlie journey-like compositions distinguishing themselves from prosaic retro worship yet stay rooted in the glorious past of underground extreme metal.

CARCINOID (aus) – Blood Harvest, Headsplit, Memento Mori

Carcinoid was formed in 2018 in Melbourne, Australia – formed from a mix of genres, having played in various other bands and come from different musical backgrounds. The band embodies raw crushing death/doom and characteristic lofi guitars, distinct and prominent bass, guitar feedback and deep growling vocals.

The pummeling of the drums through and through, matches with the almost buried lead guitars, the chunky bass-driven music that makes you feel like endless piles of dirt are being poured on your head.

They have named influences of their music such as old school metal classics- Autopsy, Napalm Death, Paradise Lost, Meth drinker, Corrupted, Pungent Stench, Obituary, Grief, Carcass, Early Cathedral and Brutal Truth.

All of the recordings to date thus far have been recorded live to four track/eight track tape to capture a raw, heavy old-school death metal sound. The themes of the music are in the same vein of their name Carcinoid- a slowly deadly cancer that rots the insides of your body, as well as narratives detailing agony, desolation, pain and depression.

With having only been a band since September 2018 they have worked hard to establish themselves. In 2018 they released a demo tape through Caligari Records, and in 2019 and as a split vinyl with Russian death/doom band Gosvdar. Last year they released Metastatic Declination- their first album (Blood Harvest, Headsplit, Memento Mori). They have a split coming out in 2020 with up and coming fellow Australians Charnel Alter.

Having made their first international appearance last year in Japan at Asakusa Deathfest, this is their first time in Europe debuting at Killtown Death fest in 2020.

CAVURN (us) – Bloodharvest Records

One of Washington State’s most tenebrous new death/doom bands, Cavurn was formed in 2017 from a shared desire to create music in the funereal style of bands such as Hell, Sunn O))), and diSEMBOWELMENT, with a mix of old school Swedish/Finnish death metal. In October 2017 they released the “Rehearsal” tape on Blood Harvest Records. The 3-song demo tape received an impressive underground response, acclaimed for its vast, monolithic riffs, momentous structure, and bleak atmosphere. Cavurn has since made several devastating live appearances, supporting heavyweights Rippikoulu, Hyperdontia, Ascended Dead, and many more. The time in between shows has been spent writing crushing new material for their upcoming release, expected early 2020 (also on Blood Harvest Records). With these new songs, Cavurn have taken their dismal, crushing death/doom sound into even darker and more sinister depths. Kill-Town Death Fest VIII will be the band’s first European appearance, where they will showcase their abysmal breed of death metal.

COFFIN TEXTS (us) – Dark Descent records

Coffin Texts was created on Dec 1st. 1994 self-releasing their debut “God’s of Creation, Death & Afterlife” in 1995 on cassette. The band performed a US tour in 1996 with Infamy and Cephalic Carnage, Milwaukee Metal fest 1999 and 2000, The Infernal Storm U.S. Tour 2000 with Incantation and Skinless following the Full Album Digi-pack version release of “God’s of Creation” via Dwell Records.

In 2003 the band released a 3 song demo titled “Tomb of Infinite Ritual” which lead to the full length version titled “The Tomb of Infinite Ritual” in 2012 via Dark Descent Records (U.S)/Blood Harvest Records (Europe). In 2016, Unholy Domain Records (Italy) released the Re-mix 3 song 10” E.P with songs taken from “The Tomb Of Infinite Ritual” titled “Deities Of The Prime Evil Chaos”.

With 2 members of the legendary band Possessed, Robert Cardenas (bass) and Emilio Marquez (drums), Coffin Texts are preparing to enter the studio with Guitarist Richard Gonzales for a 2020 release date. On this release, the band will be collaborating with some of the most legendary artist in metal to prepare this long awaited release via Dark Descent Records.

CONCRETE WINDS (fin) – Sepulchral Voice Records

VORUM is dead! CONCRETE WINDS is deadly!

After their highly acclaimed debut, “Poisoned Void”, and the outstanding mini-album “Current Mouth”, many shows and two European tours, Finland’s VORUM ceased to exist. But the dead can not die, for they are still hungry… Up from the ashes a new phoenix arises: CONCRETE WINDS is about to release one of the most bestial recordings ever erupting from the far north by the name “Primitive Force”, through Sepulchral Voice.

The album opens up a maelstrom to the deepest pits of Death Metal. This is beyond a journey; this is a fucking rush, starting as ripping as it ends, without a single warning. Wildest fury & blackest wrath are the godfathers of “Primitive Force”.

A total of 25 minutes of pure blasphemy, sadism, and dystopia crash through the listener and leave either earbleeding disgust and horror or divine fulfillment and broken furniture. “Primitive Force” is an epitome of violence and a prime example of how far extreme metal can be driven without losing the musical aspects. In today´s scene, the ignorance towards most musical principles and dramaturgic elements became a virtue/policy while exploring the most extreme. But all too often, it drifts into droning noise and chokes the power & magick of rhythm and riffing. It is different with CONCRETE WINDS. In spite of the utmost shredding, thundering, and screaming, this album still has musical ambitions. “Primitive Force” is evil speed metal riffing and death metal heaviness combined with a black metal performance & attitude. Where Current Mouth ended, Primitive Force starts and drives every audial aspect to the maximum. On the other hand, this release keeps every layout aspect to a minimum.

CONCRETE WINDS reduce everything to a lo-fi, cut & paste undergroundish presentation. They set a statement and raise a middle finger to a distraction shot from what is relevant. Simply, CONCRETE WINDS´ Primitive Force is the pure magick of a death metal sound and gospel. Mersus of the Underworld Studios (DEGIAL, DESTROYER 666, GOSPEL OF THE HORNS) draws responsibility for the intense recording: a professional production intentionally held rough, unfiltered, and everything but polished.

Some want to see the world burning – CONCRETE WINDS serves them a primitive torch.

CONVOCATION (fin) – Everlasting Spew Records

Mesmerizing and gloomy Doom-Death from the most ghastly recesses of Finland. Merging the composing talents of LL from Desolate Shrine and MN from Dark Buddha Rising. 

Debut album ‘Scars Across’ was released spring 2018. Several magazines selected / voted the album to be the best Doom-Death album in 2018. 

During last summer LL & MN started working on the Convocation next album. The new monsterpiece will be out on 2020 through Everlasting Spew Records.

Convocation will play a special live show in Killtown Death Fest 2020. And what makes it so special? Cause it’s the first and probably the last time when you can witness Convocation playing live. The live lineup will include MN on vocals, LL on drums and different selected Finnish musicians for this show only. 

CRYPTIC BROOD (de) – War Anthem Records

Due to their lust for rancid and rotten death metal, three maniacs started the band Cryptic Brood in the year 2013. After several physical regurgitations in form of a demo, an EP and multiple splits, their first full-length “Brain Eater” was released in 2017 and gained positive reputation. Packed with this extraction of doomed out death metal, the trio spread its plague in the repulsive realm of the death metal underground by intense morbid live rituals all over the globe.

In November 2019, the brood came back from a short slumber in its cave to unveil their new album entitled “Outcome Of Obnoxious Science”. Cryptic Brood’s second full-length is a sonic lobotomy that vaporizes your brain in a vortex of filth. Rotten metal of death to shatter your skull with ghastly grindcore and distasteful doom metal, (de-)composed in their dungeon in Wolfsburg/Germany.

DEAD CONGREGATION (gr) – Martyrdoom Productions

Formed in 2004 with an insatiable hunger to fill the gap that was missing in Death Metal at the time by fusing Dark Death Metal with hints of Black Metal and Doom passages, Dead Congregation releases their debut ‘Purifying Consecrated Ground’ in 2005. Vigorous, passionate and strong, it heralded the unsuspecting listener for what was to follow three years later in the form of ‘Graves of the Archangels’ (2008), an album that is praised for being largely responsible for the Underground Death Metal scene as we know it today and propelling the band to the top of the genre. Their next effort shows them mature in the most natural way as they drift further from their influences and establish their signature sound, ‘Promulgation of the Fall’ (2014) gets voted ‘album of the year’ in several significant publications, convincing all that they’re far from a one-time firecracker. Ultimately both full-length albums have earned their place among the lists of Death Metal classics of all time. ‘Sombre Doom’ EP (2016) showed another side of Dead Congregation, proving they can still be equally lethal when speed is slowed down. They have played hundreds of shows ravaging stages of prestigious festivals (PartySan, Brutal Assault, Hellfest, Hole In The Sky, Kill-Town, Maryland Deathfest, Neurotic etc) as well as headline shows all over Europe, North, Central and South America, Australia, Israel and Iceland and yet continue to perform with a fury and passion that is matched by few.

2020 finds Dead Congregation working feverishly on their next full-length album, expected to be unleashed by the end of the year.

DEATHCULT (ch) – Invictus Productions

Hailing from Zurich, Switzerland, Deathcult was born in 2010. The first strike, “Demo MMXII” was released in 2012 by Invictus Productions. Early on, the quartet’s sound betrayed a wealth of classic influences – 80’s and early 90’s Death Metal. In 2014 the EP “Pleading for Death… Choking on Life was released by Me Saco Un Ojo Records.
The band have now maximized that malevolent spirit with hook-laden songwriting and gut-churning crunch. In 2016 the debut album “Beasts of Faith” (Invictus Productions/Iron Bonehead) was spit out to the masses.

Deathcult playes a ragged, filthy definitive old school vibe death metal. Sickening Autopsy grooves into eerie Scandinavian melodies. From devastating death/doom to nasty, thrashing death metal carnage and back again.

On their road Deathcult showed it’s Metal of Death to the audience around Europe and played festivals like Deathkult Open Air, Hells Pleasure, Inferno Festival, Metal Magic among others and did a tour with Lucifericon in 2019.

DEGIAL (swe) – Sepulchral Voice Records

In times when the renunciation of the origin is fashionable and dilutes its essence, DEGIAL comes and redifenes the abominable sacred core of DEATH METAL!

After the successful debut “Death’s Striking Wings” in 2011 and the praised sophomore album “Savage Mutiny” in 2015 they return with the most violent & merciless album in their career. “Predator Reign” is an intonation of the devil´s wrath and it is a lesson in how Death Metal has to sound and how it is to be presented. A 39 minutes ride of perfectly skilled and performed furiousity. A top notch production by Mersus in the Underground-Studio and a straight but bewitching artwork by Paolo Girardi and Erik Danielsson leave no questions unanswered. Gasp for air within a pure maelstrom of crushing riffs, drum-explosions, solo-shredding and bestial vocals. Moreover among all this madness the band is still able to create mindripping harmonies that will haunt your dreams.

While others try to get rid of the danger and violence in the devil´s music, DEGIAL let in all the murderers, the ancient ones, the morbid angels & the possessed slayers and spit out sheer terror & destruction. Where others nightmares end, DEGIAL begin. So bleed for the devil. With albums like “Predator Reign” he repays thousandfold. Godspeed, live and light. Welcome death and night!

ENCOFFINATION (us) – Selfmadegod Records

Encoffination formed in 2009 to embrace the darkest doom of death… to literally crawl with agonized chords and death bellows. This two-piece earthmover of pure sonic death has released four albums, various splits, 7″s, compilations, and MLPs over the last 10 years. Their latest album, 2019’s “We Proclaim Your Death, O’ Lord” sees the band at their most vociferous and unhinged – pure aural assault of tortured death agony. Formed by Justin from fellow death metallers Father Befouled and Wayne from Decrepitaph, the band has seen successful shows across the southeast and east coast, with spots at Blood Of The Wolf and Maryland Deathfest in 2017. After almost 10 years together, Wayne stepped back from live duties in 2018, with Amos Rifkin (Death of Kings, Deceased, Father Befouled) taking up the reigns behind the drums.

After a very successful, albeit short, European campaign in May 2019, with Father Befouled, Krypts, and Jupiterian, the band returned home and only played one show for the remainder of 2019 supporting FaithXtractor in a one-off in Atlanta. Though a band that does not tour often, they pick and choose their live assaults wisely in order to level audiences and leave them wanting more. Encoffination is poised yet again to crawl out from their fetid tombs.

Killtown 2020 will be their only exclusive European performance.

ENGULFED (tr) – Blood Harvest

Engulfed was formed in the year 2010, at the filthy streets of Kadıköy, Istanbul on a deadly cold winter. The line-up includes members of Decaying Purity, Burial Invocation, Hyperdontia, Hellsodomy, and Diabolizer. Their first EP “Through The Eternal Damnation” was released in 2012 from the labels Hellthrasher Productions and Me Saco Un Ojo Records. After playing local shows, in 2013 they possessed the stage of KTDF for the first time. In 2017, with a resurrection, they have become more intensively of darkness to slap your ears with the riffs & drums. With their first album “Engulfed in Obscurity”, you can feel the hitting effect on your head with old school death metal components make you smell the solid of your graves, which released from the labels Hellthrasher Productions, Blood Harvest Records and Messe Noire Productions. After the European tour that came to pass with the first album in 2017, they also played at Party.San Metal Open Air in 2018. In their 10th anniversary, this year, 2020, they will release a new EP in which recordings are almost finished.

Faceless Burial (aus) – Iron Lung Records/Me Saco Un Ojo

Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2014 – Faceless Burial’s blueprint is to execute ripping, powerful and dynamic death metal.

Sonically, traces of Faceless Burial’s influence can be heard in the long heralded classics from Americas East Coast, Canada and Finland. However, it would be remiss to ignore the bands connection to Melbourne’s current crop of brutal acts (Contaminated, Vile Apparition, Gutless, Incinerated, Ignivomous, Headless Death, Cemetery Urn, Sewercide etc) and Australia’s long running landscape of extreme music (Disenbowlment, Crypt, Star Gazer, Necrotomy, Corpse Molestation, Misery etc).  

Themes of hallucinogenic Sci Fi-butchery and nightmarish phantasm’s confront breakneck speeds. Blasts fold into squalid breakdowns as the music plays between harmony and ferocity. 

The three piece released a demo in 2015, followed by 2017’s debut album “Grotesque Miscreation” released by Blood Harvest in Europe and Iron Lung records across the US. This was followed up quickly in 2018 with the MLP titled “Muliversal Abbatoir” forging a new bond with Me Saco Un Ojo records. As we start a fresh decade Faceless Burial enter the studio to begin working on their anticipated sophomore album –  just in time for their first ever European show at Kill-Town Death Fest.  

FATHER BEFOULDED (us) – Dark Descent Records

Formed in 2006, Father Befouled play unholy and desolate death metal. After some demo tracks online garnered interest, an EP, “Profano ad Regnum” was released in 2008 and the band began playing regional shows in the US. A full length, “Obscurus Nex Cultus” quickly followed and after more shows and a couple of split releases, the band signed to Relapse Records for the release of “Morbid Destitution of Covenant” in 2010. The band laid low for a couple of years before playing the inaugural Martyrdoom Festival in New York in 2012, which coincided with the release of their third full length, “Revulsion of Seraphic Grace” on Dark Descent Records. 2015 saw the release of “Enthroning Desolation” – a compilation of demo, split, live, and rare tracks – and a short tour of the East Coast. In 2017 the band headlined the Blood of the Wolf Festival in Lexington, Kentucky, as well as a performance at Maryland Deathfest to celebrate the release of their fourth album “Desolate Gods.” The band embarked on their first European tour in May of 2019, releasing an EP, “Holy Rotten Blood,” and capping off with a performance at the Netherlands Deathfest. The rest of 2019 into 2020 the band will work on their next album and prepare for a few shows before appearing at Kill-Town.

GOREPHILIA (fin) – Dark Descent Records

Gorephilia is a ferocious death metal four-piece from Finland. Founded in Vantaa, 2006 under a different name, Gorephilia’s sound reeks of US legends like Morbid Angel, early Immolation and Sadistic Intent with the taint of their native monotonic gloom. After putting out two full-length albums and other smaller releases tragedy struck as Gorephilia’s original vocalist and founding member Henri Kuula committed suicide in December 2018. The rest of the band reformed with the songwriter and guitarist Jukka Aho taking up the vocal duties. Gorephilia is now putting the final touches to their 3rd studio album, about to be released in 2020.

HYPERDONTIA (tr/dk) – Dark Descent Records

Since releasing their debut album and playing their first ever gig back at KTDF 2018 this next band has been has on a steady trail of domination across Europe and the US, leaving necks broken, spleens ruptured and minds shattered in the wake.

After the Turkish/Danish band released the ‘Abhorrence Veil’ 7” in 2017, Hyperdontia’s debut album, ‘Nexus of Teeth’, was released to rabid response by Dark Descent Records and Me Saco Un Ojo Records just in time for Kill-Town’s resurrection. The album’s dynamic combination of brooding heaviness and skilfully executed technicality quickly thrust the band to the forefront of the current Death Metal scene. One new track later featured on the band’s 2019 ‘A Vessel Forlorn’ compilation release, which demonstrates an unrelenting intensity that sets expectations high for the new material that the band recently recorded. These new recordings will see the unlight of day in the coming months.

INNUMERABLE FORMS (us) – Profound Lore Records

Boston’s Innumerable Forms were formed in 2007 as a one man project to bring forth a vision of doom-ridden, dark brutal death metal with the spirit of the early ‘90s. Soon after forming, a full band line up was assembled featuring current and ex members of Iron Lung, Mammoth Grinder, Mind Eraser, Sumerlands, Magic Circle, Power Trip, Genocide Pact, and many more. Since inception Innumerable Forms have already generated quite the cult following over the years with their live shows supporting a repertoire only consisting of the “Dark Worship” 7”EP, a split with Blessed Offal, and the “Frozen To Death” comp cassette. In 2018, they released their first full length, entitled “Punishment In Flesh” on Profound Lore Records. With influences ranging from primitive early 90’s Finnish death metal to British and American doom, Innumerable Forms harness the authentic feeling of misery, darkness, and fury with total disregard for the scene today. 

INTERMENT (swe) – Pulverised Records

Interment is an old school underground Death Metal band from Avesta, Sweden that started already 1988 as Beyond until the name change in 1990. Three demo tapes were released during the years 1991 to 1994. “Where Death Will Increase”, “Forward to the Unknown” and the “Final Chapter” that later was released as a demography album “Where Death Will Increase 91-94” by Necroharmonic/Morbid Wrath 2010.

The last and second full length “Scent of the Buried” was released 2016. Their first album “Into the Crypts of Blasphemy” was released in 2010. Between they have released a bunch of splits with Funebrarum, Brutally Deceased, Anatomia, Tormented and Pyre.

The influences have always been Nihilist, Carnage, Unleashed, Grave, Hellhammer and Autopsy to name a few.

Intermant has done many gigs and festivals through the years and has toured with bands like Funebrarum, Putrisect, Hobbs Angel of Death, Undergang, Diabolical and Urn.

A third album is in the works and will hopefully be recorded in the end of 2020. So they only do some selected shows during this year.

Krypts (fin) – Dark Descent Records

During their formation in 2008, the vision behind Krypts was to play Death metal, while in the past decade their sound has evolved more complex and sinister. The core sound has remained the same: a dark mixture of Death & Doom metal.

Krypts have steadily spread their reputation and played around the world. However their first concert outside Finland, and second live show ever, was 10 years ago in the first edition of KTDF. Having witnessed also its funeral, Krypts are eager to return and play one of their few European dates at this year’s festival.

Come prepared! You will be hypnotized under the spell of atmospheric Death Doom…

The band has released three full-length albums (‘Unending Degradation’, ‘Remnants of Expansion’ and ‘Cadaver Circulation’) through Dark Descent Records. Prior to these, they have released ‘Open the Crypt’ 12”-demo and a self-titled 7” EP through Me Saco Un Ojo and now defunct Detest Records.

MORTA SKULD (us) – Peaceville Records

Formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1990, Morta Skuld has been a name in the American Death Metal scene for 30 years.  Two early demo tapes – “Gory Departure” and “Prolong The Agony “ were heavily traded and caught the attention of record labels and fans alike.  Morta Skuld went on to sign with England’s Peaceville Records.

The band released their first three albums through Peaceville – “Dying Remains” (1993), “As humanity Fades” (1994), and “For All Eternity” (1995).  The final album from the 90’s era, Surface, was released through Pavement in 1997. Around the year 2000, the band was put on hold for members to pursue other projects.

In 2012, Morta Skuld was resurrected and started making waves with tight-precision live performances. They began writing new material which was joined with two rerecorded classic songs from the debut album.  The EP entitled “Serving Two Masters”, was released via Dread Records in 2014.

The band now is very pleased to be back home with Peaceville Records, where they released “Wounds Deeper Than Time” in 2017. The next full length album is near the end of the writing process with plans to record early this year. Keeping a strong momentum by touring and playing festivals in the U.S. and Europe, 2020 promises to be an exciting year.

MORTAL WOUND (us) – Maggot Stomp / Me Saco Un Ojo Records

The initial incarnation of Mortal Wound came together in San Pedro, California, 2016. Formed by long time friends Sam Shriver (Guitars, Vocals), Peter King (Guitars), Rollie Ulug (Drums) and Mathias Hofmeister (Bass) The self recorded demo, “Forms of Unreasoning Fear”, was tracked late 2017 by Rollie at Bright Lights Studios in Santa Ana, CA. 

Comprised of 5 horrifying tracks, “Forms of Unreasoning Fear” would conjure up the horrors of war, incomprehensible hallucinations stalking through dense, dank jungles. Crushing brutality and heavy riffage combine into a massive sound of unique and filthy death metal. After a couple of quickly sold out cassette pressings on Maggot Stomp, Me Saco Un Ojo Records approached Maggot Stomp, collaborating on a 12” record pressing which instantly sold out as well.

After the release of the demo, Rollie parted ways with the band, replaced by Pat Shea on drums. This line up honed their skills playing around the Los Angeles area throughout 2018 and 2019, sharing the stage with the likes of Torture Rack, Mephitic Corpse, Fetid, and Fratricide. Pat Shea departed the band in the summer of 2019 and was replaced by Devlin Baldwin who remains the current drummer. The old school savagery of Mortal Wound landed the band the opening spot at the first Los Angeles edition of California Deathfest. After a couple of trips to the Pacific Northwest, Mortal Wound began recording a three song follow up that will be a split release with label mates Gutless in the spring of 2020. 

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. Shortly afterward, Mortiferum recruited Tony Wolfe as their full time bassist. 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. Within a year of the release of “Altar of Decay”, Mortiferum embarked on tours with Spectral Voice, Hyperdontia, and Fetid, made numerous fest appearances including the Killtown Death Fest – The Resurrection and finally recorded and released their debut full length, “Disgorged From Psychotic Depths”.

Profound Lore writes “Mortiferum follow-up their lauded 2017 Altar Of Decay demo with their debut LP, Disgorged From Psychotic Depths. With the recognition the band received from within the death metal underground through their demo alongside consistent touring and nonstop live activity, Mortiferum had already brought awareness upon themselves as one of the more notable and promising new US death metal bands today. With Disgorged From Psychotic Depths, the monstrous offering Mortiferum have spewed forth crawls as an anguished slab of death doom filth of the most wretched order. Dark and foreboding through monolithic brutal crestfallen riffs and malformed dissonant rhythmic rumblings, Disgorged From Psychotic Depths is a towering and dreadful benefaction of atmospheric imposing death metal ruin and depravity reeking of the stench of the early ‘90s American and Finnish death metal scenes.”

OSSUARY (us) – Me Saco Un Ojo

Formed in the frigid Wisconsin winter of 2015, Ossuary is the manifestation of power through grief, misanthropy, and the total worship of death. Inspired by visceral loss, fueled by the agony of hopelessness, the band has no use for self-indulgent displays of technicality. Ossuary is thick, black, and scathingly sluggish–a murky, hateful exhibition of death. 

After four years of hibernation following 2015’s Cremation Ritual, Ossuary gave us their second self-recorded release, Supreme Degradation, in the spring of 2019. The original cassette release from Darkness Shall Rise and the reissue from Maggot Stomp have both sold out, but a release on vinyl is set to come later this year from MSUO. The band has toured the United States and is traveling to Total Death Over Mexico this March. Killtown Death Fest will be their first European appearance.

PROSCRIPTION (fin) – Dark Descent Records

As the Blackened Death Metal band Maveth was laid to rest, the burning passion for Death Metal never left the black heart of ChristButcher, the primus motor behind the band. The natural continuation of this malevolent creativity took its form as Proscription. While Maveth travelled more blackened paths, Proscription takes this formula plunging it further into the dark and brutal tunes of Death Metal. While the connection to Maveth is clear, Proscription carves its own sound. Take it from the haunting leads of Cruciatus to the deranged howls of Apep. All of it pulled together by the insanely fierce and bestial yet completely disciplined drumming of M.K. whose skills were recognized by Lvcifyre to join forces.

Though the musicians behind the band are veterans of many years of playing, the band can still be thought as relatively new, yet the momentum is forward. Gigs have already been booked around Finland (and played) as well as abroad. Debut album “Conduit” is waiting to be released by the dominant Death Metal force Dark Descent Records from USA. To put emphasis on the impact Proscription is about to make on the scene, Dark Descent Records broke their oath of not signing new bands just to get Proscription onboard with them. Further plans have been made as a split 7” with Winterwolf is coming out after the full-length.

SIJJIN (de) – Sepulcharl Voice Records

From beyond the gates of perception, the new power trio of Sijjin arrives on the scene. Deeply rooted in the 80ties, where Death and Thrash Metal melted into a furious, fast and occult brand, Sijjin`s music is as raving as this music should be.

The lineup of Sijjin consists of old veterans as Malte Gericke (Bass & Vocals) and Ivan Hernandez (Drums) are both being known for their work in Necros Christos, while guitar wizard Ekaitz Garmendia hailing from Basque Thrashers Legen Beltza among others.

The first demo entitled Angel Of The Eastern Gate was unleashed in 2019, officially distributed by Sepulchral Voice Records on tape.

A re-release on CD and vinyl will follow soon.

Behold, as this is Death Metal.

Feel your mind being shifted into a black void of utter chaos, where primeval atoms still roam in bizarre ways, a region of horrible contortions, where amorphous entities lurk in the towering shadows.

There`s one name, one entity and one aural destruction for all of that.
Hell is Sijjin.
Sijjin is in Hell.

SNĚŤ (cz) – Lycathrophic Chants / Burning Coffin Records

Sněť is a five piece band, based in Prague, who started to reak in early 2018. They were aiming for a rotten, nasty and crushing style of death metal with two vocals, combining sick melodies with crushing heavy riffs. Only rule the band has is to sound dirty and unpleasing. You can hear „catchy“ Nihilist-style riffs, blastbeats, punky straightforward riffs and doomy heavy ass riffs. The selection of musicians was made carefuly and most members are known from the punk scene. The members also play/played in bands like Vole, Kaosquad, Bahratal, Morkhimmel, Lezok, Ficken Leben. The guitar section (Ransolič and Hnisatel) are part of the DIY crew called Kreas Promotion focusing on UG style of metal and punk music. The art is made by singer Řád Zdechlin who is also a tattoo artist and guitarist Hnisatel.

So far Sněť has released a two songs promo tape which was released via Lycathrophic Chants and limited edition printed strictly to 100 copies via Burning Coffin Records. Sněť will be releasing an EP during 2020 via Blood Harvest and Lycanthropic Chants.The band has been performing live since May 2019 and is quite active. In eight months they have shared stage with bands like Spectral Voice, Galvanizer, Funebrarum, Impetuous Ritual, Krypts, Malokarpatan and Occvlta plus played few shows in Germany and attended the warm up party for Celebrare Noctem Fest VI in Linz.

VANHELGD (swe) – Pulverized Records

Vanhelgd from Sweden plays dirty, dark and atmospheric death metal with desperate vocals. Listening through their discography you will find a diverse collection of songs ranging from traditional European death metal, some d-beat, some folk music saturated doom and even some songs leaning towards black metal.

The band started in late 2007 and have refined their sound with every release and made their own path along the way. Their fifth album “Deimos Sanktuarium” was released in October 2018 and got the same great reception as both “Temple of Phobos” (2016) and “Relics of Sulphur Salvation” (2014).

As for now the show at Kill-town Death Fest will be the first, and one of very few, shows in 2020. Vanhelgd are planning to start writing a new album this year but we haven’t played in Denmark since Kill-Town 2011 and we have waited since then to return.

“The festival and line-up is always great and it will be one of the highlights in 2020 for us for sure!”

VOID ROT (us) – Sentient Ruin Laboratories / Everlasting Spew Records

Formed in 2017 and hailing from Minneapolis MN, USA, Void Rot are an entity devoted to constructing massive and soul-consuming dirges of monstrous death-doom. Influenced by the glorious progenitors of majestic, atmospheric, and slow moving death metal like Winter, Rippikoulu, and Disembowelment, as well as newer entries within the genre such as Krypts, Spectral Voice, and Sempiternal Dusk, Void Rot weave light and darkness seamlessly and with unseen mastery, evoking atmospheres of unparalleled vastness that alternate majestically between sidereal and contemplative psychedelia, and visceral and bludgeoning heaviness. 

Their towering debut EP Consumed by Oblivion, released in 2018 as a collaboration between Everlasting Spew and Sentient Ruin Laboratories, is an iconic and proud example of true american death-doom as seen at its finest hour as it masterfully distills the void of space and the loneliness of the cosmos and bends them to impact the crushing misery of our telluric reality. 2019 will see the release of another monolithic offering from Void Rot in the form of a split LP with Everlasting Spew labelmates Atavisma. Plans for a debut full length are underway for 2020. 

WITCH VOMIT (us) – 20 Buck Spin

Formed in 2012 by Tempter and Filth, Witch Vomit plays dark death metal in the American tradition with elements of Scandinavian evil and ancient doom metal. With four studio releases in the past five years the band has grown from a primitive two piece project into a powerful death metal quartet that “serves up raw yet atmospheric soundscapes of horror.” The band’s most recent release “Buried Deep in a Bottomless Grave “ was released in August of 2019 through 20 Buck Spin and has been described as 

“An endless hole, dug by a band at its prime. It’s focused, well produced and to the point. It manages to keep genre’s early spirit alive, while adding modern old school aesthetics that makes it relevant, contemporary, and most certainly one of the most interesting death metal albums of 2019.”

Witch Vomit scarcely leaves the Northwestern graveyard for live appearances. This will be Witch Vomits first European appearance, the tomb is open and it awaits you…..