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.

INTERVIEW: Old Lines among must-see hardcore acts at MDF

One of the new features at the 2013 Maryland Deathfest is the addition of a second stage at Baltimore Soundstage for punk and hardcore acts.  One of the bands I consider a must-see at this stage is Baltimore's Old Lines, who will perform on Friday, May 24. Combining heavy with hardcore, Old Lines is able …

POLL: Vote for your must-see Maryland Deathfest bands!

Everyone has their favorite MUST SEE bands for the 2013 Maryland Deathfest. Listed below are all the bands with Thursday's bands listed first and so on. Tell me which bands you must see. You can choose as many bands as you like. Let's see who the popular kids on the block are going to be …

INTERVIEW: Ahumado Granujo brings groovy grindcore to Maryland Deathfest

Cybergrindcore may not be a metal subgenre hybrid that you have heard before or that is easy to explain, until you listen to Ahumado Granujo. Take the danceable heart pumping synthetic beats you might hear at a downtown rave and mix them with the grinding riffs of grindcore and the throatiest vocals of death metal …

INTERVIEW: LOSS to serve ‘unjoy’ for Maryland Deathfest

For some people, there is a sweet, cathartic pleasure in immersing oneself in utter pain, despair and desperation. The group Loss provides the soundtrack to that experience. What else would you expect from a band whose motto is Fatum Vestri Vita—doom your life? Loss performs at the 2013 Maryland Deathfest on Saturday, May 25 at the …

INTERVIEW: Carpathian Forest prepare for exclusive Maryland Deathfest show

Carpathian Forest embodies everything I love about black metal --grim but beautiful, atmospheric melodies, songs with misanthropic themes and socially biting, often disturbing lyrics. Yet the group couches this "strange old brew" of ideas into infectious rock and roll rhythms that make me want to get up and dance. They also are not afraid to …

INTERVIEW: Pagan Altar makes US debut at Maryland Deathfest

Pagan AltarThink traditional heavy metal, and you should be thinking of the band Pagan Altar. Pagan Altar will play the 2013 Maryland Deathfest Sunday, May 26 at one of the former Sonar compound stages. This will be the first time Pagan Altar performs in the U.S.Founded in the UK in the mid 1970s, this father-son …

REVIEW: Dragged Into Sunlight’s Widowmaker

Dragged Into Sunlight sounds like that thing you do to kill a vampire. The sound of the band, Dragged Into Sunlight (or DIS) could probably kill as well. It would kill complacency, mediocrity and ennui.Today, DIS released Widowmaker. This new concept recording retains all the intensity and horror of their 2009 debut album, Hatred for …

Grindcore 101 with Pig Destroyer’s Blake Harrison

When it comes to music, my opinion is based on a binary system: either I like it or I don't. Pig Destroyer is a band labeled as grindcore that I had heard many people mention, but I had never checked them out. I didn't know if I liked them or not.As far as grindcore goes, …

Maryland Deathfest XI: more awesome every day

Hole in the sky left when my mind exploded.Announcements about who will be performing at the 2013 Maryland Deathfest XI have come in fits and spurts over the last few weeks. And the venue has not been announced yet. But organizers have just updated the list of confirmed performers and my mind has exploded! Seriously, …