Countdown to MDF X: (57) Rorschach

New Jersey's Rorschach blends elements of punk, hardcore and avant garde dissonance to come up with the so-called "power violence" sound and screaming vocal energy you see here. They perform Thursday, May 24 at MDF X.  Current band members include Keith Huckins - Guitar; Andrew Gormley - Drums; Nick Forte - Guitar; Thomas Rusnak - Bass; Charles Maggio -Vocals.The …

Countdown to MDF X: (58) Needful Things

Grindcore band Needful Things from the Czech Republic continues the extreme start to the Maryland Deathfest X, set to play third on Thursday, May 24. According to the band's profile on ReverbNation, they have been grinding out tracks since 1995. This seems like an awfully long time, making them possibly one of the earliest grindcore bands I …

Countdown to MDF X: (59) Die Pigeon Die

Die Pigeon Die will be travelling all the way from Melbourne, Victoria in Australia to play on Thursday at MDF X.  This extremely brutal band focuses on themes of gore, violence and perversion --but with some humor thrown in. Song titles include enticing gems such as "Massive Warts in Pregnancy," Ripped from V to A," …

Countdown to MDF X: (60) Extermination Angel

Maryland Deathfest X is just 60 days away. To get to know each band, I will post a short blurb and video or link to a song from each band.Extermination Angel will be the first band to take the stage on Thursday, May 24 at Sonar.Hailing from Baltimore, this trio consists of Shawn (on Vokillz!), …

Days of the Doomed II to crush heartland this June

UPDATE- NEW VENUE!!!!!!!!!This news just in on Days of the Doomed 2 from Mercyful Mike Smith:"Just so everyone is getting the info, here it is again! Update: DAYS OF THE DOOMED FEST II will be moving to the Milwuakee area this June, and is now scheduled to take place at The Blue Pig on June 15th and …

Iron Man posts new song video on Facebook

Louis Strachan (left) and Alfred Morris III of Iron ManTraditional doom metal aficionados will be happy to learn that the legendary group, Iron Man, is working on new material. Today on their Facebook page and YouTube channel, they released a video of a new song performed recently at a benefit show in Brunswick, MD.  The …

I am a big metal fan

Do you have a vest as awesome as this? Do you show your devotion to metal in your clothing? This vest, made by Chris Woodford of Pittsburgh, is among the best I've ever seen anywhere. Can you beat it? Send me your photos and maybe I will feature it here.

Metal concert set for Feb 11 to benefit sick baby

Parents know that raising children presents challenges. But when your child has a chromosomal imbalance like 8-month old Delainie Simpson of Waynesboro, PA, every day can seem like a marathon with no finish line in sight.It was a seemingly uneventful pregnancy. Yet within minutes of Delainie’s birth, her need for nearly constant medical care has …

Abigail Williams booking DIY tour in support of CD release

Ken Sorceron (Photo by Mary Spiro)It's been said a dozen times that each new Abigail Williams recording sounds like a new band. And I have read that the band hails from New York, California and now most recently, Phoenix. Look at photos of the band over the last several years and you won't recognize the …

Graveyard resurrects psychedelic garage rock for the end of days

If you were one of those kids who snuck a listen to your parent's 70s psychedelic rock records (think Cream, Hot Tuna, Blue Cheer on vinyl) then you’ll be glad to know that a host of musicians are re-interpreting that groove for the 21st century. Three such groups played a sold-out show at Baltimore’s Golden …