Interview: Watain returns to US for one unholy, uncompromising ritual

Erik Danielsson of Sweden's black metal legion Watain spoke via email with my photographer friend Kassandra Carmona a few months ago during the group's initial tour for the album "The Wild Hunt."  Kassandra recently sent the interview to me for publication here, even though she had posted it on her own blog. Now that Watain …

Maryland Deathfest XII recap and photo gallery #1

It is taking me forever to go through some of my photos from Maryland Deathfest XII. But I wanted to get some of them out there, because I got some really good ones. I also wanted to mention that this was, by far, my most fun MDF. I saw 37 bands! That's amazing!! I thought …

Podcast: Maryland Deathfest recap #3 from Sunday

Here's our final installation of our Maryland Deathfest podcasts. We made it and no one died! We determined that Derek won MDF with most bands seen (47); most merch purchased, out latest, at the rail or in the pit for most bands seen and most unshowered (honorary crust award). William came in second with most …

Podcast: Maryland Deathfest recap #2 from Saturday

Saturday was the big death, thrash and grind day at Maryland Deathfest. What did we think of it? What crazy stuff happened to us? You will have to listen here to the podcast to find out. This time we spend more time talking about the fest and a little less time talking about poop or …

Podcast: Maryland Deathfest recap #1 from Friday

We stayed up till 3:30 a.m. making this podcast about the events of Maryland Deathfest XII from Wednesday to Friday. This needs no introduction. Just listen to it. We spent a lot of time on not editing this at all. Everything you hear is true. Guests include: Mary Spiro, Derek Beam, Sam Vietmeier and William …

Putrisect bringing old school metal back to Baltimore

Baltimore’s Putrisect brings together elements of old school death metal, hardcore and crust. They open the stage tonight, May 23, at Rams Head at Maryland Deathfest. I have only seen Putrisect on smaller stages, so it will be exciting to see them on the big Rams Head stage, I am sure they will blow everyone …

Cemetery Piss: spreading that vulture love tonight at Sidebar

Cemetery Piss are a raw, blackened heavy metal outfit out of Baltimore. They play tonight at 11:30 p.m, May 22, in a free show at the Sidebar  as part of the Maryland Deathfest VII festivities. Here's the event link. The first time I saw Cemetery Piss, I went in not knowing what to expect, as …

Sixty Watt Shaman schools listeners in guitar tone

This time on the Metallomusikum podcast, we chatted with members of the group Sixty Watt Shaman just prior to their performance at the second Moving the Earth Fest II held in Baltimore. Sixty Watt Shaman plays a unique blend of bluesy, metal-y, hardcore-infused Maryland rock. They been around a while, since the mid-1990s in fact, …

It’s the Metallomusikum birthday show!

UPDATE: VISA ISSUES KEPT NEGURA BUNGET AND GRIMEGOD AT HOME. IRON MAN WILL PLAY!   On May 7, 2014 I turn 50. That's an age that not too long ago I would have considered old. Now I don't really know what to think of it because I don't really feel old.  One thing I know …