Maryland Deathfest XIII – Third Round Primer
The third and final round of Maryland Deathfest 2015 bands was announced yesterday and, as we’re known to do, we’re compelled to run them down. If you thought the lineup was already gold, prepare yourself for platinum. And of course, let us know who should’ve made the cut in the comments.
In addition, the MDF XIII organizers laid out the who-on-which-stage specifics for the entire weekend, along with the bills for the Thursday kick-off celebrations. You can find both below. Tickets for the May 21 – 24, 2015 event go on sale September 5 at 3 PM EST, so get your clicking fingers primed and ready in case there’s another early bird-esque sell out.
A nasty blaster speeding along with a near war-metal ferocity. Related to Nuclearhammer.
MDF XIII will be the first full live appearance from the drum machine-aided grinders. Known for singer Jay Randall’s nuttiness and guitarist Scott Hull’s utter heaviosity. Altered States of America (2003) is also notable for taking grind to its logical extreme. Related to Pig Destroyer, Salome, and Fulgora, among many others.
The Finns will play 20-year-old Tales in its entirety. Though fans of their early work will readily throw blows with later-era diehards, Amorphis have always remained interesting, be it their dark death metal classics (’92’s The Karelian Isthmus) or their turn towards more melodic fare (’06’s Eclipse).
Quirky grinders who aren’t afraid to toss jazzy dissonance/oddball riffs into the blast blender.
Bewildering tech deathers who infuse their tumult with knotty prog and a spacey atmosphere.
Philly fastcore outfit that adds a touch of thrash to their Infest-y punk.
A reverent and fun take on bands in the vein of Saint Vitus. Could be a break-out candidate.
This all-star outfit (Katatonia, Opeth, etc.) started life as straight Swede death worship (’02’s Åkerfeldt-fronted Resurrection Through Carnage), but staked out fresh ground later in their career. We should know their new singer by the time they hit the stage.
The perma-stoned hyrdo-grinders have taken on many shapes and sizes, but always come back to the blast. For MDF, they’ll be playing cuts from their first three LPs.
A New Jersey powerviolence group boardering on rough-throated grind. The edge is strong, the riffs are fast.
Chicago death/doom legends, matching burly OSDM with crushing crawls.
More: Interview: Cianide.
Ciborium | Death metal | USA
MDF organizer Ryan Taylor’s old band. Had a Swarm of the Lotus connection.
Unhinged hardcore with flying tempos and a tough-guy temperament.
An ultra-heavy power trio that can gear up to old High on Fire speeds.
Stupidly quick snare rolls, slams, and belches aplenty.
Long-running grinders that spit a certain Scum-iness. The band of a billion splits. Needs a discography/compilation release ASAP.
One of the leading lights of the Venice, California crossover scene in the ’80s. ’89’s The Joke’s On You is also worth hearing.
Raging grind that has its share of death/grind grooves. Sits fairly close to the punkier approach of mincecore.
Grind timbres fused to a hardcore skeleton. Just announced a collaboration with Merzbow, so that should be loud.
The Creepsylvanian splatter-thrashers Frankenstein death/thrash to a myriad of styles including surf. Something of a supergroup with links to Impaled, Engorged, Exhumed, and more.
Ruthless Ohioans building and tearing down brief punk blasts.
Clevo hardcore given a thorough grinding.
A tough-to-categorize storm of Times of Grace rhythms and frightening sludge. Related to Bastard Sapling.
Part of the NYDM slam committee.
Scheduled to play a special diSEMBOWELMENT set, whose Transcendence into the Peripheral (1993) is a foundational album in super-dense death/doom.
A trad doom solo fest featuring fretboard scorcher Al Morris III.
Started as ear-splitting power-electronics and then transitioned into a Portal-like din of unnerving chaos. Filthy. Includes members of Engorged.
A power duo intent on knocking out stoner-y/Melvins-y riffs by the bushel. Just don’t call them sludge.
Overlooked NYDM responsible for an early ’90s gem of churning chugs and grooves.
Burpy brutal death. They’d soon evolve into a more technically adept entity, but their early demos have an Impetigo-esque knack for hooks.
One of the iconic death metal bands. The riffs are genre keystones along with the wonderfully strangled vocals of John Tardy. Slowly We Rot (1989) is probably “the one,” but it’s hard to go wrong with their first three albums.
One of the longest running and foremost boundary-pushers of the blast n’ widdle. Features drummer extraordinaire John Longstreth.
Brutish, knuckle-dragging sludge that piles on the subsonic oppression.
A propulsive meeting of OSDM with elder black metal evilness. Related to Father Befouled.
These Canadian rippers were so solid, simply wearing their patch in a promo pic is a measure of quality. Just now reaching the height of their influence. Violent Restitution (1988) and Shotgun Justice (1990) are also worth your time.
Thantifaxath | Black metal | Canada
Album to check out: Sacred White Noise (2014)
Mysterious trio of atmospheric-rich black metal that has an off-kilter approach.
More: Premiere: Thantifaxath – “Where I End & the Hemlock Begins”.
Noisy grind with an unleashed punk fervor.
Black metal that carries a doom-ish heft and has pockets of pretty melancholy.
Mike Scheidt and company are still on an incredible run — including a tiny break for Middian in the middle — of doom destruction matched by the dualism of third-eye-openings.
Thursday, May 21st @ Rams Head Live:
Thursday, May 21st @ Ottobar:
Friday – Sunday @ Edison Lot:
Inverloch (playing a diSEMBOWELMENT set)
Twilight of the Gods
Friday – Sunday @ Rams Head Live:
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Dragged into Sunlight
Friday – Sunday @ Soundstage:
Chainsaw to the Face
Full of Hell
Grin and Bear it