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Metal festival Maryland Deathfest (which returns this May) is expanding westward and presenting California Deathfest as well this year. It happens October 9-11 at Oakland Metro in Oakland, CA, and the lineup includes Worship, Infest, Antediluvian, Autopsy, Bolzer, Disma, Dispirit, Immolation, Excel, Loss, Lycus, Cretin, Despise You, Ghoul, Nader Sadek, Noothgrush, Poison Idea, Xibalba and more.
Unlike MDF's multi-stage setup, CDF will happen on one stage. Tickets go on sale at noon PST on Saturday (1/17). Full day-by-day lineup below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Tombs at Saint Vitus in July (more by Greg Cristman)
Maryland Deathfest is getting a little more New Yawk with the late addition of NY old-school death metal band Suffocation and Skinless and Brooklyn's own post-metal greats Tombs. Suffocation and Tombs will be playing will be playing the Edison Lot, and Skinless will be playing the 5/21 Ottobar show. MDF announced their third and supposedly final round of bands for the 2015 installation earlier in the week, a bunch that included Yob, Amorphis, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and more.
Tombs and Suffocation will be touring this coming Fall, Tombs with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar (who are also playing MDF). That tour hits Saint Vitus on 10/27 and 10/28. The show on the 27th is sold out, but tickets are still available for the show on the 28th. Suffocation, meanwhile, will be headlining the "Carnival of Death" tour with Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, and Internal Bleeding. That tour starts off at the Gramercy Theatre on October 3. Tickets are on sale.
All dates and updated MDF lineup below...
by Ian Chainey
The final round of bands for Maryland Deathfest 2015 was announced and a stacked lineup was stacked even higher. The highlights are numerous, including Agoraphobic Nosebleed's first live set, Amorphis playing their classic Tales from the Thousand Lakes in its entirety, Inverloch jamming out tunes from their former incarnation diSEMBOWELMENT, super-deathers Bloodbath playing an exclusive US show, and ripping speed-metallers (and suddenly influential) Razor making their first appearance in the States in over two decades. The full list of bands featuring other big names -- YOB, Obituary, and Cephalic Carnage to name a few -- appears below.
In addition to the adds, MDF XIII also announced the stages the bands will be playing, including Thursday pre-fest shows filled out by YOB, Ufommamut, Internal Bleeding, Origin, and others. The exact schedule will be pinned down at the end of August. All ticket options will go on sale September 5 at 3 PM. The early bird sold out in record time, so be on the ball for that one.
The third round of bands along with the stage rundowns appears below.
Napalm Death at Hardcore Activity In Progress (more by Greg Cristman)
Maryland Deathfest 2015 recently announced its initial lineup, and now more bands have been added, including Sodom, Demlich, Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, Primordial, Martyrdod, P.L.F., Noxa, Water Torture, Early Graves, Fulgora, Mother Brain and Pizzahifive.
The first lineup announcement, which Invisible Oranges dissected, included Neurosis, D.R.I., Tripykton, Bulldozer, Melt-Banana, Portal and more. Early bird tickets are sold out but the regular ticket sale begins in a few months.
UPDATE: IO dissected the new lineup announcement too.
Full list of confirmed bands below...
by Ian Chainey
MDF 2014 (via Invisible Oranges Instagram)
Maryland Deathfest XIII happens May 21 - 24, 2015, and today the first round of confirmed bands were announced. 32 in total were listed to whet the appetites of early birds interested in snatching up their tickets when they become available on Saturday, July 19 at 3 PM EST through the Maryland Deathfest website. The bands include such heavyweights as Neurosis, D.R.I., and Triptykon, who missed this year's fest due to the passing of H.R. Giger. Triptykon leads a number of bands who will be making MDF their exclusive US appearance in 2015. Others include Australia's Portal, Sweden's Wolfbrigade, and Norway's Arcturus. The full list that's full of pleasant surprises -- Hello, Bulldozer! Hello, Melt-Banana! -- appears below.
So, while the bill will look different, the venues will remain the same. Per the promoters:
We were satisfied with the venue situation this year, so we've decided to use the same set up again next year. What does this mean? We will use the Edison Lot (located at 545 N. High St) for our 2 main stages, Rams Head (located at 20 Market Pl) will be used each night and will host death/black metal bands, and Soundstage (located at 124 Market Pl) will be used each day/night for grind/hardcore/punk bands. On Thursday, only Rams Head will be used.The full list of bands along with the trailer for Welcome to Deathfest that documents the 2013 event and screens in NYC soon, below...
by Ian Chainey
Welcome to Deathfest, the Maryland Deathfest documentary by Tom Grahsler and Alicia Lozano, aims to present the complete MDF experience with an in-depth profile of the 2013 event. The film was completed earlier in the year and premiered at the Maryland Film Festival in May. Now the film is starting to make the rounds. On August 9, Welcome to Deathfest will be screened at the Acheron, accompanying performances by Argentinum Astrum and Belus. Tickets are available now.
So, how does Welcome to Deathfest differ from previous MDF movies? When interviewed for Disposable Underground, Alicia Lozano said of the undertaking:
When we conceived this project, both Tom and I felt that it was important to tell the behind-the-scenes story. Yes, it would be about the music and the fans, but it would also be about the organizers and what goes into creating something this huge.You can check out a trailer below, which features interviews with bands along with stressed out organizers. If you ever wanted to put on a fest, this looks to be your movie.
As for the bands at the Acheron screening, Tennessee's Argentinum Astrum released Malleus Maleficarum in February and have scheduled tour dates for August. More info on those dates are coming soon, but you can check out the path they're planning to plot below. Brooklyn's Belus -- a group with links to Mortals who are releasing their new album Cursed to See the Future this week -- appeared on a split earlier in the year with Anicon, which we premiered a track off of on Invisible Oranges. Belus will also be playing a show with Alraune, Geryon, and Ancient Ocean at the Acheron on July 14. Tickets for that show are also available now. Meanwhile, Ancient Ocean will be playing with Destruction Unit tonight (7/7).
All of the dates along with the Welcome to Deathfest trailer and streams of the bands appear below...
Maryland Deathfest wrapped up another successful year, and already announced the dates for the 2015 festival, May 21-24. They say we can expect the first round of bands, venue details, and early bird ticket details some tine in July. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, read another just-published account of the 2014 fest by Scab Casserole at Invisible Oranges.
by Ian Chainey (and Jonathan Dick, Wyatt Marshall & Scab Casserole)
Cancer at Maryland Deathfest
The 12th annual Maryland Deathfest, not to be confused with Maryland Deathscape, wrapped on May 25, bringing an end to another headbanging blockbuster. Though there were unforeseen cancellations -- Mitochondrion and Aeternus encountered visa/boarder issues, Triptykon attended H.R. Giger's funeral service -- the fest was another success, providing a four-day-long release for lucky metalheads and those following them on Twitter.
In fact, half the fun for vicarious attendees was keeping tabs on the travel to and from Maryland. Jonathan Dick, making his first trip to MDF, wrote a hilarious dispatch for Invisible Oranges detailing his experience with an eccentric woman aboard one of his connecting flights.
It was the greatest flight in the history of US Airways thanks to a passenger who I can only refer to as 33C. She essentially brought everyone on board into her conversational dimension of pretzel descriptions, the inadequacy of Subway sandwiches, and genuine concerns over who was "driving" the plane.His trials were paid back in full by a Thursday bill at Ram's Head Live that focused on the slow and low. Seven Sisters of Sleep, Whitehorse, Sourvein, Torche, Coffins, and Crowbar all crushed. Crowbar's Kirk Windstein even delivered a kick (see video below). It was a great way to grease the fest wheels, but IO editor Scab Casserole sensed a void. "Everyone's psyched, but the consensus on yesterday was that Triptykon was truly supposed to be the gem of last night. Their absence was felt." More from Scab's memories will appear later on this week at Invisible Oranges.
MDF got rolling on Friday, splitting bands up on four different stages -- Edison Lot A, Edison Lot B, Rams Head Live, and Baltimore Soundstage. The set-up was an improvement, according to Scab. "The new lot is impressive. Expansive, and comprehensive stage-wise. But it's super-hot."
This day, the blackened acts garnered the greatest response, as social media was flooded with kudos for Mgla, Taake, and the two-man Bölzer. Scab later said, "Taake fucking OWNED it. They might have been the best band of yesterday." Wyatt agreed, "Many wondered if the Norwegian band would make it into the US -- it was fortunate for those who were there that they encountered smooth sailing."
Agalloch played a set beloved by most, though the sound was mentioned to be muddy. Better things should be in store when they hit the road with Jex Thoth in June.
But, the death metal one-two punch of Cancer followed by At the Gates was an undeniable pinnacle. It had been a bit since both acts played the States and fans weren't left disappointed. And, lucky us, At the Gates' singer Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg was down to shed light on the status of the new album. All systems GO!
Speaking of fans, the event brought out its share of oddballs. If you had time between sets, people-watching was an attraction. If a Slayer trampstamp didn't display dedication, windmilling while holding crutches was a sure sign of devotion. Of course, then there were the Symbolic speedos:
MDF recap, photos & video continued below...
Cripple Bastards @ Saint Vitus (5/21/2014) (via jakexgordon)
Those who showed up to Saint Vitus in Brooklyn last night (5/21) expecting to see Hooded Menance were disappointed to find out after getting there, that the Finnish metal band never showed. This morning they explained on Facebook:
As some of you might have heard, we were forced to cancel our show in saint vitus bar, NYC, yesterday. Our orignal flight from Helsinki was cancelled and we were rerouted through London, arriving too late and in the process our gear was lost. We are getting them back today. Hooded Menace is deeply sorry for the cancellation, but there was nothing we could do anymore. Our tour continues as planned from here, so see you in Philadelphia tomorrow!!!As they say, they're still playing Philadelphia Saturday and then Maryland Deathfest and Montreal too.
The show's original lineup of Cripple Bastards, Maruta, Archagathus and Detroit did still play Saint Vitus last night though, so at least people got their money's worth.
Maryland Deathfest begins today (5/22). Other recently mentioned bands on the festival bill include Midnight, Eyehategod, Coffins (who played Saint Vitus Tuesday night), and Agalloch (who play Irving Plaza in June), but not Triptykon.
Ex Cult @ DbA, 2013 (more by Devan Council)
Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and as usual there's no shortage of things to do. On the music front, if you'd like to get away (but not too far away) for the long weekend, there's a few good festivals. Headbangers may want to head to Maryland Deathfest for Agalloch, Crowbar, Gorguts, Ulcerate, and more. Or you can get your indie rock on at Boston Calling with The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, and more. Or maybe you're more the punk type and will head to Michigan for Bled Fest with Title Fight, The Menzingers, Self Defense Family, Frameworks, Little Big League and more.
If you're staying in NYC this weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. Head below to check our top 10 list of events going on this weekend...
by Wyatt Marshall
Triptykon at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
In what's sure to bum a lot of people out, Triptykon have cancelled their appearance at Maryland Deathfest (5/22-5/25). The announcement comes just days before Triptykon was scheduled to play the Rams Head Stage on Thursday (5/22). In a press release, Triptykon (and ex-Celtic Frost/Hellhammer) frontman Tom G. Fischer says he made the tough choice to cancel after the sudden death of his friend and mentor H.R. Giger, the legendary surrealist Swiss artist perhaps best known for his work on the Alien films. Fischer served as an assistant to Giger and his wife for seven years, and Giger made album covers for both Fischer's old band Celtic Frost and Triptykon, includingthis year's insanely heavy stunner Melana Chasmata. He also created art for Carcass, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Danzig, Dead Kennedys and more.
Last week when Giger died, Fischer issued a press release that began with the following:
For the first time in 74 years, last night was a night not illuminated by the indescribable light that was H.R. Giger.On Facebook, Maryland Deathfest has said that there will be no replacement band for Triptykon, and that the only potential changes to the schedule might be longer sets for bands willing to play them. Read Fischer's press release below.
H.R. Giger became our mentor, against all odds, when we, somewhat audaciously, first established contact with him some 30 years ago. At a time when almost everybody ridiculed, ignored, or even obstructed the music the then almost completely unknown Swiss underground band HELLHAMMER was creating, Giger listened to us, talked to us, and gave us a chance. Not least at a time when he was at one of many peaks of his path.
by Wyatt Marshall
Gorguts at Best Buy Theater earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Maryland Deathfest nears--soon, the fabled heavy metal parking lot will fill. On the heels of a lineup update and the announcement of free shows at Sidebar (218 E. Lexington Street, doors 8pm, bands 9pm, lineups below), Maryland Deathfest has announced set times for all stages.
The Edison lot will have two stages, with a band on one stage starting within a few minutes of the band on the other stage ending. Those set times are below. If you're hopping between venues, now is the time to grab a notebook or a dirty napkin and get to formulating a battle plan.
MDF also took care of some logistical housekeeping, answering questions regarding vendors, food and drink, ATMs, first aid and so on. Head over to Facebook for all info.
Lineups and set times below...
by Doug Moore
Mick Barr w/ Krallice at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Editor's note: For the past 7 months, since losing long-time BrooklynVegan metal editor Fred Pessaro, we were lucky to have Doug Moore aboard to help fill in our metal coverage, to edit and write for Invisible Oranges and to handle these weekly Heavy Lowdowns. Unfortunately, today is Doug's last with us. He's leaving to focus on his non-music-writing endeavors, including--as we've had to disclaim many times--his role as frontman in the Relapse-signed band Pyrrhon. We wish him well! We also wish Doug had made it into the forthcoming "Metal Cats" book. For some reason, he was left out, so we pay tribute to Doug today with our own version. Please enjoy Doug's final Heavy Lowdown along with some Metal Doug With Cats!
It's that time again. Let's get heavy.
Young Widows have debuted a digital-only bonus song from the Easy Pain sessions and added some West Coast dates to their tour. Stream the tune and check out the dates below.
Cannabis Corpse have debuted a song from their upcoming fourth (!!!) album, From Wisdom to Baked. Shockingly, its title is a weed-themed play on a death metal classic ("THC Crystal Mountain"). Stream that below as well.
Playing Enemy's noisecore classic I Was Your City has been reissued on vinyl by Corpseflower Records. If you haven't heard it, you can -- and should! -- check it out below.
Excruciating Terror have canceled their non-MDF appearances this spring, including their 5/22 NYC show with Birdflesh.
And here are your weekend live heaviness options:
TONIGHT (4/25): A forward-thinking lineup featuring Zevious, Bangladeafy, El Drugstore, & Noxious Foxes hits The Gutter. No presale, but $7 at the door.
TOMORROW (4/26): The Chaos Bodies series continues at Trans Pecos with an imposing lineup that features Ocrilim (Mick Barr), Child Abuse, Couch Slut, & Nebadon ($10 at door). Corrosion of Conformity's tour hits Saint Vitus, with local support from Kings Destroy, Roadsaw, & Ruby the Hatchet (tix).
SUNDAY (4/27): Full of Hell return to NYC for the third time in as many months, this time with Column of Heaven & Nyodene D in tow, for a Silent Barn show. Local support will come from The Communion & Skullshitter. $10 at the door.
Over in the IO corner:
We went deep with Jason Netherton of Misery Index / Dying Fetus fame. We unraveled the mysteries of Japanese avant-metal collaboration houds Vampillia. We talked to a pair of German music researchers about the physiology of screaming. We waxed philosophical about Behemoth & the Metal Alliance Tour. We jammed new music by Forest of Tygers and Weedeater, who apparently really enjoy doughnuts. We ran down all the metal fit to buy, as ever. And we gave away tickets to this year's Paganfest tour on our East Village Radio show, courtesy of Irving Plaza. Be sure to tune in next week at 10pm for more giveaways, interviews, and shredding tunes.
That does it for me. Blast some ugliness below (more Doug With Cats included! - editor).
by Doug Moore
Ashencult at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Time is ticking down before Maryland Deathfest 2014, but as ever in the music world, festival lineups are subject to change until the bands actually hit the stage. The festival issued a pretty substantial lineup and logistics update yesterday (4/20) that nixed a few previously announced bands while adding a bunch more.
Let's do the bad news first:
The following bands on Friday at Soundstage have cancelled: ROTTING OUT (due to surgeries that a band member must undergo), ANTISECT (due to a family matter that a band member must be present for), and ENDORPHINS LOST (van broke down and they can't tour now)....The three Soundstage cancellations have been replaced by Impaled, Pneumatic Slaughter, & ACxDC (who have a new album on the way).
Also, on a recent visit to the US embassy, ORATOR was told that they cannot come to the US next month, so they will not be playing on Saturday at the Edison Lot. The band is confident that they'll be able to come here next year, and if so, we will book them then. We will be giving most bands playing on Saturday at the Edison Lot a longer set time and NOT announcing a replacement.
The festival has also announced the lineup for free shows at the nearby Sidebar (218 E. Lexington Street) on every night of the festival, with doors opening for each show at 8pm and bands starting at 9. This means that there are basically 20 more bands on the MDF lineup. Some notable names include Bastard Sapling, Skelptarsis, Ashencult, Old Lines & Yautja (THEY ARE EVERYWHERE). This is all on top of the fest itself and the Misery Index / Immolation / Black Breath / Noisem preshow on Wednesday the 21st. So yeah, you'll have no shortage of metal show options in Baltimore that week.
Check out the full lineup for those free Sidebar shows (organized by date), and the day-by-day schedule for the fest, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Agalloch at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2012 (more by Wyatt Marshall)
Fans were justifiably bummed when early Norwegian black metal greats turned experimentalists Ulver dropped off the Maryland Death Fest bill (May 22-25) due to health concerns. The loss left a notable gap on the Friday, May 23 Edison Lot lineup that featured the likes of heavy hitters like At the Gates and Taake. The MDF organizers took it in stride, though, and replaced Ulver with none other than the fantastic American atmospheric black metal band Agalloch.
Agalloch performed at Maryland Death Fest for the first time in 2012. The band's second appearance this spring will come right on the heels of the release of the band's fifth album, The Serpent & The Sphere, due out May 13 via Profound Lore. This will be the first chance to catch Agalloch (presumably) play the new material live on the east coast, so, Agalloch fans, rejoice.
In other MDF lineup news, Dallas grind band Kill the Client will take the place of In Disgust, who recently split up.
A couple of Agalloch song streams lie after the jump...
by Wyatt Marshall
England's Extinction of Mankind specialize in seriously heavy-hitting crust with a metal edge--give a listen to their album Northern Scum below (those guitars!). It was exciting enough that Extinction of Mankind was scheduled to play Maryland Death Fest, and now the band has announced a string of dates surrounding their appearance in Baltimore. Extinction of Mankind will be starting off on the west coast before jumping east for a string of east coast shows. The tour will hit NYC on May 29 at a yet-to-be determined venue. Stay tuned for details both here and on the band's Facebook page--there's a lot to come, as no supporting bands or venue info has been released for any of the tour dates.
All dates, a flyer, and a stream of Northern Scum can be found below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Early black metal greats turned avant-garde experimentalists Ulver have had to drop off the Maryland Death Fest bill due to unspecified health concerns. Ulver was scheduled to play the Edison Lot stage on Friday, May 23, along with heavy hitters like At the Gates (who are recording an album) and Taake. No word on who will fill their rather big shoes, but stay tuned for an announcement.
In a statement on their website, Ulver wrote that doctors advised the band to take a break after a short tour in Europe. Uncertainty as to a recovery time led to Ulver canceling the performance at Maryland Death Fest, as well as a show in Moscow that the band was scheduled to play with an orchestra.
Ulver just released a collaborative album, Terrestrials, with Sunn O))). Stream it in full, with the updated MDF lineup, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
New Zealand's blackened death bruisers Diocletian will be touring around their appearance at Maryland Death Fest, hitting NYC on on May 28 at the Paper Box with Goat Torment, Kommandant, Manticore, a yet-to-be-revealed special guest and more. The event will be a two-stage show, with Diocletian heading up the main inside stage and Goat Torment taking over the outside stage. Goat Torment, from Belgium, plays black/death metal, too, and they also will be at MDF.
The NYC show will be the first NYC show for both Diocletian and Goat Torment, and is their only appearance outside MDF for the Belgians. Tickets aren't available yet, but visit the event's Facebook page for more info.
Diocletian has an album coming out this year titled Gesundrian. Listen to a track below. Diocletian tour dates, Paper Box lineup, and current MDF lineup (if you need a refresher) are listed, along with the new Diocletian stream, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Immolation at Gramercy Theatre, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We've been talking a lot about the absolutely loaded 2014 Maryland Deathfest lineup this year. It's going to be a doozy, but if 50+ bands isn't enough, MDF has announced an official pre-fest party at Ottobar on Wednesday, May 21 with performances by Immolation, Misery Index, Black Breath and Noisem. Tickets just went on sale.
There will also be a screening of Welcome to Deathfest, the 45-minute long documentary covering the rise of the monolithic Maryland festival that's become the gold standard in American heavy metal events.
Here's some info about the pre-fest show straight from MDF--note, MDF passes don't work for the show, and take a taxi!:
Where is the Ottobar?Full MDF lineup below and flyer below...
2549 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21218. If you are staying at a hotel in the downtown area near any of the other MDF venues, please note that the Ottobar is not walking distance from those venues. A taxi would be your best bet to reach the Ottobar.
How much are tickets for this show?
What time does the MDF documentary begin?
What time do bands begin?
Will this show sell out?
Can I use my Ottobar season pass?
No. These passes won't be accepted at the pre-fest party.
by Wyatt Marshall
One-man black metal favorite The Ruins of Beverast and Russian black/death experts Pseudogod have been added to the 2014 Maryland Deathfest, which goes down May 22 - 25. This is, according to a post on MDF's Facebook, the finalized line-up. The Ruins of Beverast is taking Witchrist's spot, who, due to a line-up issue that left them without a drummer, had to cancel.
It's a bummer to see Witchrist go, but Pseudogod and The Ruins of Beverast are great additions to MDF's already incredible lineup. This will be both Psuedogod's and The Ruins of Beverast's first shows in the US. TRoB, who only began playing live with a backing band this year, put out the excellent Blood Vaults: The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer back in September, which has been seeing some action on year-end best-of lists. Check out a recent interview with press-shy frontman (only man) Alexander von Meilenwald over at Invisible Oranges, and stream the new TRoB album below. Both The Ruins of Beverast and Pseudogod will be playing on the Edison Lot stage, TRoB on Friday (5/23) and Pseudogod on Sunday (5/23).
Full MDF line-up is listed, along with its most recent poster and streams of both The Ruins of Beverast's and Pseudogod's latest, below...
by Doug Moore
Maryland Deathfest is pretty much done announcing bands (the lineup is crazy, as we've mentioned). The logistical details are now falling into places as well. We already knew the Thursday schedule, and this morning the fest unveiled the band schedule by day and stage. Unsurprisingly, pretty much every day is stacked.
You'll want to keep this info in mind if you're planning on buying any single day/single venue tickets, which go on sale at 1pm on Sunday, December 15. Judging by how quickly the four-day passes sold out, you would do well to make your plans and buy your tix earlier rather than later.
Full schedule below...
by Doug Moore
Maryland Deathfest announced its (almost) final lineup of bands this afternoon. At this point, the festival really didn't need to add much to sell out its allotment of tickets, but there are some heavy hitters in this round of announcements nonetheless. Some highlights include Tryptikon (the post-Celtic Frost band, making their only US appearance), Dark Angel (the classic hyper-fast thrash band featuring Gene Hoglan of Strapping Young Lad/Fear Factory/Death), Inquisition (who released one of this year's best albums), the long-running powerviolence act Capitalist Casualties, and reunited Floridian grinders Maruta. The complete list of new announcements is below.
Tickets for the festival go on sale tomorrow (11/23) at 3pm. You'll be able to buy whole-fest passes for $255, and 3-day Friday->Sunday passes for each stage for considerably list. Individual tickets will go on sale in December.
MDF's organizers also announced more venue information, including a breakdown of which bands will play at which of the fest's three stages (though the only day-specific lineup that they've announced so far is for Thursday). You can find the complete lineup, divvied up by stage, along with the full list of new artist announcements, below...
by Doug Moore
Immolation @ Gramercy, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Maryland Deathfest lineup for 2014 grows ever spookier. The fest's organizers have taken advantage of Samhain to announce a whole string of new bands -- no huge names in this round, but there are a bunch of notables, including Castevet (who just played an IO-sponsored record release show), Sweden's Entrails and the hilarious Birdflesh, Germany's Necros Christos, Japan's Coffins, Canada's Mitochondrion, Austrialia's Whitehorse, plus local favorites Immolation, Incantation, and Mutilation Rites. That's a lot of -ations.
This announcement is extra noteworthy because it included venue details, which have been the subject of much speculation since the fest announced that it would not return to the former Sonar compound. The short version is that MDF 2014 will take place in three places: a parking lot a few blocks from Sonar, the Baltimore Soundstage (again), and the Rams Head Live. Here's the full announcement:
3 stages, including the 2 main stages, will be located at 545 N. High Street (Edison Parking lot), which is 1-2 blocks from the old location of Sonar. The setup at the Edison space will eliminate a variety of logistical problems and will ultimately lead to a better experience for you at MDF next year. This space has an approved capacity that is significantly higher than what we're used to, we can open the entrance 2 hours before the first band each day, we won't be getting in the way of the Farmers Market on Sunday, we don't have to close off streets, and once again, we will have MORE space. In addition to adding more shaded areas, there is already existing shade here, so if it gets hot, you won't be roasting on concrete all day. As far as parking goes, there is an enormous parking lot next to the space we're using that you'll be able to park at, and as always, metered parking is possible under the highway that everyone is familiar with from previous years.The parking lot in question was in use as an actual, y'know, parking lot at this year's festivities. Some of you undoubtedly drank beers out of a cooler there. The prospect of an mostly outdoor version of MDF makes me a little nervous, given the mid-Atlantic's rainy late spring, but we all survived last year, right?
On Thursday, bands will only be playing at Rams Head Live, located in the Power Plant Live! section of downtown Baltimore at 20 Market Pl. On Friday-Sunday, bands (death and black metal) will be playing at Rams Head Live between the hours of 10 pm - 2 am, (bands will conclude at the Edison parking space at 11 pm).
On Friday-Sunday, once again, we are doing a grind/hardcore/punk/crust stage at Baltimore Soundstage, located across the street from Rams Head Live at 124 Market pl. Unlike last year, bands will play here all day/night and there won't be any large gaps between bands.
Generally speaking, this setup was the most sensible solution for us, as it allows us to book a lot of bands, give bands respectable set lengths, eliminate many issues/concerns from last year, and keep the fest close to hotels and other downtown conveniences that everyone is used to.
As early as next week, we will break everything down so you know who is playing where. We will also announce more bands at that time. We still have a few up our sleeve for the main stages, but mostly, we're down to rounding out the Soundstage billing before being completely finished with booking.
Check out the full list of newly announced bands and the complete lineup to date below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Carcass at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Maryland Deathfest, North America's preeminent metal festival, just announced another batch of confirmed bands for next summer's installment, the fest's twelfth. My Dying Bride, The Church of Pungent Stench, Hooded Menace, Ulcerate, Bölzer and Windhand will be playing the already stacked festival alongside previously announced heavyweights like At the Gates and Gorguts (who just announced a tour with Origin and Nero Di Marte). The fest runs from May 22 - 25, but if you can't wait until then for some MDF action, you can check out some teasers for a forthcoming documentary about the event titled Welcome to Deathfest.
Deathfest will be UK doom vets My Dying Bride's first appearance in the US since 1997 and their only stop on their trip across the pond, so if you want to see them it's Baltimore or bust.
Windhand released their excellent album Soma last month and are on tour in Europe. They'll be back touring stateside soon, though, for a leg of the High on Fire and Kveleretak tour. That tour hits Webster Hall on November 15, but it will be Doomriders (who just released a new song) filling the third slot. Tickets are still available.
MDF 2014's lineup so far and tour dates are listed below...
by Doug Moore
If you follow our metal coverage, you know that we're big fans of Maryland Deathfest, which has become the preeminent North American metal festival over its eleven-year run. MDF is a rarity; organizers Ryan Taylor and Evan Harting run the entire thing virtually on their own. Given that MDF now draws thousands of people every year, theirs is an extremely impressive logistical feat. Both men have devoted their lives to it, and they work on it full-time and year-round.
An upcoming documentary called Welcome to Deathfest promises a glimpse inside the machinery that makes the festival run. This isn't the first time someone's made an MDF documentary; Canadian filmmaker David Hall has made two concert movies at MDF, and has more footage in the works. But judging by its presentation, Welcome to Deathfest will take a more behind-the-scenes look at what goes into pulling the party off. Even if you're not a metal person, this flick should provide an interesting look into the mechanics of festival organization. No release date has been announced for the movie yet, but you can follow it on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
MDF 2014 happens May 22 - 25 and the initial line-up includes Nocturnus A.D., Cancer, Ulver, Candlemass, Sarke and more.
Stream some early footage from Welcome to Deathfest below.