ALERT: All Darsombra gear stolen!

Ann Everton and Brian Daniloski are dear friends of mine and also the excellent performers that make up the group Darsombra. I have written about their specific brand of psychedelic audio-visual space rock here on the blog. Not long ago they moved into a home in the Garwyn Oaks neighborhood of Baltimore. I have visited their …

Interview With Evan Harting After Maryland Deathfest XI

Metal Chris asks Evan Harting, one of the organizers of Maryland Deathfest, the tough questions in the aftermath of this year’s festival. Chris really brings up a lot of issues and problems that I never noticed but then again, he was moving about the festival a lot more than I was. What questions or comments would you have had for Evan?

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Maryland Deathfest XI ran from Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 through Sunday, May 26th in Baltimore and uncharacteristically there were some issues with the fest which left many people unhappy with the way things were run. I contacted Evan Harting, one of the two co-organizers of Maryland Deathfest, and he agreed to do an interview with me to address many of these issues. The following 30 minute interview was recorded in the evening of Tuesday, May 28th, 2013. My words are the ones in bold. You can listen to the interview by clicking the orange play button on the player below or you can download the 28mb mp3 of the interview by clicking here.

UPDATE: Ryan Taylor, the other MDF co-organizer, made a few clarifying comments about this interview on the MDF message board, which you can read here.

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Ranking the most metal cities in the USA

Ranking the most metal cities in the USA My blogging buddy Brandon "Johnny" Ringo has compiled a list of the top 10 metal cities in America. Baltimore/Washington, D.C. made the list (although if you ask anyone around here the two scenes can't really be lumped together). Brooklyn and the glam metal birthplace Los Angeles were …

Czech grindcore outfit Contrastic my MDF surprise

Maryland Deathfest XI is over, and I am having a hard time processing everything. In fact, I am a little depressed. But I think I will make the effort to mention one of the smaller bands that really affected me. Contrastic, a recently reformed grindcore band from the Czech Republic, played early on Sunday. I …

Preview of Sunday for 2013 Maryland Deathfest

Ah, the bittersweet last day of the 2013 Maryland Deathfest. Who will you be scrambling to see? There are a lot of good bands today, and if this was the only day you bought a ticket for, you have made a good choice. Entrances open at 1:15 pm Rumor has it that the members of …

Exhaustive book on metal proves not to be so much

Here's a well written review of a book on heavy metal that I never plan to read. Any book that gives just a few quotes to black metal is on my "do not support" list. Thanks to Lee Gardner for taking the time out of his life to review the 700+ page of Louder Than …

Preview of Saturday for 2013 Maryland Deathfest

Are you ready for the longest day of you life? That's Saturday at the 2013 Maryland Deathfest. You've barely had a chance to recover from Friday night's mayhem and debauchery when, whoops!, the bands get going again at the crack of noon. Entrances open at 12:00 pm I don't know why the video of Baltimore's Asthma …

Check out this Maryland Deathfest documentary teaser

"Maybe it's time that Deathfest took over Baltimore...." Lars Gotrich. I'll drink to that! Check out this teaser for the new Maryland Deathfest documentary.

Preview of Friday for 2013 Maryland Deathfest

Friday at the 2013 Maryland Deathfest sees the beginning of outdoor stage shows at the Sonar Compound as well as the first night of punk, crust and hardcore shows at Baltimore Soundstage. The two venues are about a 5 minute walk from each other (or more like 7-8 minutes if you are me), so plan …

Preview of Thursday for 2013 Maryland Deathfest

Here's an audio-visual preview of what to expect at the 2013 Maryland Deathfest Thursday night. I will try to post live videos for all the previews, unless I just can't find one or the sound is horrible. Then you will get a studio recording. (Remember that Evoken has been moved to Friday.) Thanks to Carrie …