Entries tagged with: Needful Things
Eric Cutler of Autopsy
Bullet belts, flip flops, studded gauntlets, chicken suits... yep, its Maryland Deathfest time again. Though it was milder this week, in true MDF fashion the first of the four day Baltimore music festival (on 5/24) kicked off with high temperatures, humidity and unrelenting sun, making for a strong contrast to the pitch black indoor room at Sonar. Luckily, escape from the sun also meant catching some of the best heavy music out there.
The day started with sets by Extermination Angel and Die Pigeon Die, both of which I missed unfortunately, so the "opening" set by Needful Things was a fierce blast of grind that was a great perk-me-up for the rest of the day's activities. For the most part, a lot of the bands on Thursday I had seen in recent months: Eyehategod at A389 (dudes, please... we need new songs... the set is getting tired), Absu and Agalloch at Inferno, and Autopsy at Inferno and in Brooklyn. All delivered excellent, though familiar (to me) sets with the exception of Agalloch whose focus was on their earlier material (no Marrow of the Spirit here). Excellent way to cater to the crowd and make it special.
Of the remainder of the bands, Dying Fetus's death metal-slam style has never been my cup of tea but Rorschach... that's another story. Rorschach's unique noise/metal/hardcore sound was the clear winner for favorite set of the day for me, coming out with unmatched energy and playing their cover of King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man" as well as material from their Protestant/Remain Sedate release (which was available in exclusive colors just for this show)(wow). I remember being floored when I saw them at Santos and The Charleston way back when, but this might have been their best set yet. I could watch them play forever, but I'm guessing there's a short window of time left for this band... don't miss them. Rorschach pictures are HERE.
More pictures from Day 1 at Maryland Deathfest including Autopsy's setlist are below.
Aun, Thisquietarmy, and Planning For Burial will embark on a trio of dates on the East Coast in early June, including stops in Boston (on 6/6), Philly (6/8 at Eris Temple Arts) and a NYC show at Acheron on June 7th with special guest Mario Diaz de Leon. $8 gets you in the door for this Annihlvs/BrooklynVegan event. For those unfamiliar with the muscular ambient-drone-psychedelia of Aun, you can stream "Return to Jupiter Jazz" from Aun's Full Circle 10" at Denovali where its available for order. Meanwhile, Thisquietarmy recently released a collaborative LP with the great Year of No Light. Flyer and more streams are below.
It's the season for killer shows! Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas are right around the corner and as such we have MANY upcoming shows to thank for it. If you arent heading to either fest, make sure to check with BV for coverage and listings of bands heading through town on their way to and fro!
In related news, MDF-bound Nashgul have added a second show in addition to their previously discussed appearance with Ghoul. Look for Nashgul to join forces with Marrow, Skleptarsis, Cold Inside at Saint Vitus on May 31. Tickets are on sale. Needful Things & Agents of Abhorrence will also play NYC surrounding MDF, adding a show at Acheron on May 29 with Dissent and Chainsaw to the Face.
Brooklyn thrash favorites Natur have added a show with Occvlta, Syphilitic Lust and Hessian at Acheron on June 15th. Stream a track by Occvlta below... pretty ripping.
All suggested shows are listed below along with some streams. What did I miss?
Rorschach at The Charleston (more by Ryan Muir)
While we wait for the Maryland Deathfest lineup to expand, one of those bands have slipped past the goalie! Rorschach will play Maryland Deathfest
and will presumably be announced with their final batch of artists in the coming weeks. Final bands announced! and they are: AGALLOCH, ARCHGOAT (Finland), BRUJERIA (Mexico), YOB, BLACK WITCHERY, DYING FETUS, UNANIMATED (Sweden), MORGION, RORSCHACH, NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic), DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia), and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.
Show No Mercy returns with an interview and a new song from Leviathan. The interview is short and Whitehead doesn't exactly delve deep, but it and the song are both definitely worth a listen.
Vanishing Leper is Justin Detore (Mind Eraser/Rival Mob/Righteous Jams etc) and Jordan Darby (Dry-Rot), and the band is currently streaming a new EP and are preparing it for a limited release on Cold Vomit. Listen below.
Kvelertak is coming.
Absu added more dates since we first posted. Original post updated.
Rise And Fall have a new 7" on the way entitled "Deceiver", alongside a reissue of Hellmouth. Look for both on Deathwish.
Portal are currently tracking their new LP.
Mastodon's Remission has been repressed on 2xLP.
Have a fun weekend. More NYC shows listed below. What did I miss?