Posted in metal | music | pictures on May 27, 2011

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Tragedy @ MDF
Maryland Death Fest

There's four days of this?

Maryland Deathfest 2011 (May 26-29 at Club Sonar) kicked off at the early hour of 4:45PM Thursday with a set from Witchaven, an LA thrash four piece that is currently on the road with Nocturnal (who play the 2nd outdoor stage today, 5/27). The band was followed by the blasting grind of Shitstorm, a fantastic side project featuring 2/3 of Torche and Eric from Capsule. Noisear followed Shitstorm. The New Mexico quintet played pieces from their recent Subvert The Dominant Paradigm (out now on Relapse). Miasmal (who have a new LP) was next, and their throwback nod to Swedish Death Metal of yesteryear was a good palette cleansing after two sets of grind destruction.

One of my favorite sets of the day followed. LA's Lack of Interest killed the stage with their lightning fast hardcore. The show was the band's first on the East Coast, and the crowd responded appropriately with singalongs. Flesh Parade followed LOI with a set of brutal grindcore while the MDF Party Brigade tore up the pit with inflatable items and costumes (like Teletubbies, Ketchup outfits, a shack boy and more).

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Next was Extortion's speedy hardcore which represented well live, though the band had some technical difficulties... though no where near as many as Buzzov-en. Buzzov-en fried a bass head before they could even start, and took a little while to set up. I don't know how K.Lloyd could function on stage (he seemed a bit, um, impaired) but regardless they ripped a killer set.

Tragedy, as usual, was amazing. The band's crusty d-beat incited pits and stage dives. Between them and LOI, I would have been content with an excellent day of shows. Cathedral's last-ever US show closed out the evening. I have always like Cathedral, but was never as mad about them as some.... but Sonar's soundsystem did them right last night. They sounded amazing.

Today is Neurosis! More pictures from Day 1 are below...

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Comments (26)

i think i see some hard nips on that dude in the last set of shots.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 2:46 PM

i liked Tragedy better when they were a BeeGees song

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 2:59 PM

Tragedy rules all. are they touring?

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 3:02 PM

Music for Ugly People vol. 1

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 3:08 PM

ohh man...cathedral must have been so amazing...

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 3:15 PM

Shitstorm rules so hard.

Posted by JT | May 27, 2011 3:57 PM

Just stay out of Maryland.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 4:14 PM

bass player with the crossed eyes is truly scary looking dude

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 4:17 PM

Sausage, tat, belt buckle, and mustache fest.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 5:03 PM

Shitstorm rules so hard.


Do you know how funny that sounds?

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 5:10 PM

the dude with the hard nips is actually a woman.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 6:16 PM

My god, those brown loafers! Good god!

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 6:46 PM

Lee Dorian needs to do a few sit-ups.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2011 12:02 AM

wow so many people hating on the metal heads. brooklynvegan covers music, not just the hipster/indie scene so go get a life, and if you hate death metal so much avoid it, dont piss people off with your negative close-minded naive way of thinking. to some these people are amazing! not everyone masterbates to interpol, has wet dreams of sufjan stevens and believes karen O is a goddess. indie = metal = bob dylan...who are you to say whats better? music is music, appreciate what you will, why waste time on what you hate?

Posted by FUsquares | May 28, 2011 10:56 PM

Cathedral? What a shitty set to go out on! They should have just played the entire Forest of Equalibrium album. Glad I didn't go.

Posted by Dave | May 29, 2011 10:44 PM

"Glad I didn't go."

You outsmarted everyone!

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2011 3:21 PM

seriously fu squares you hit the nail on the head. fuck off lame ass hipsters-if you hate metal that's your loss. go sip pbr at union pool whilst you try to convince yourselves that you're not just one of the flock.

Posted by laurie | May 30, 2011 10:10 PM

Sadly, Cathedral was a let down.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2011 10:51 PM

thanks for giving us at the MDF Party Brigade a little mention! such a fun time.

Posted by Cody | May 31, 2011 4:38 PM

TRIGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TRIGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROMITTHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UFEEEEETTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by UFET | June 1, 2011 3:27 AM

It's not that we hate death metal. It's that we're curious as to why you like it. What sets one death metal group apart from the apparently endless crowd of other death metal groups? What's the next evolutionary step for death metal? All I see is a long empty line from Venom's "Black Metal" album stretching to Scandinavia and then nothing. It's been like that for decades now.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | June 1, 2011 5:48 AM

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 9:12 AM

well crosseyed sniper, since you actually asked, the entire reason i went to see MDF was to catch a reformed repugnant play thier first ever show on american soil (most likely and sadly their only i'm sure). and yes, they are from sweden and they fuckin' kick ass. old school death metal at it's finest.

Posted by laurie | June 1, 2011 1:22 PM

Brooklyn is the new MDF.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 6:55 PM

Metal's for dickheads.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 5:05 AM

A good insight and ideas.. I will use it in my article. You’ve obviously spent a lot of time on this. Congratulations!

Posted by jocuri | August 30, 2012 4:45 AM

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