Maryland Deathfest 2017 Part II, Baltimore, Maryland

Hitting the halfway point of Maryland Deathfest is usually a milestone that no one really notices and those who do will actually not speak of it. No one wants to think the weekend is going to end nor that the end is already halfway here. Instead, hangovers are nursed, more questionable food is consumed, and everyone marches back to Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage for another day of partying. Fortunately for myself and my party of friends, we know how to party but dodge the hangovers. So, we made sure to be on time for Soundstage opening up with the first band playing slightly before four in the afternoon. That included polishing off a bottle of vodka left behind by the previous renters of the Air BnB. Thank you to those unnamed heroes!  Continue reading

Maryland Deathfest 2017: Part I – Baltimore Maryland

Memorial Day weekend in the United States is a time to remember our veterans who have served in the country’s military and most will commemorate such an occasion with cookouts. In Baltimore, Maryland, the partying starts a few days before the weekend but the celebration is about extreme music. This weekend is known to the fans as simply, MDF, or in full, Maryland Deathfest. Doom metal, black metal, grindcore, punk, and of course, death metal, take over multiple venues in the Inner Harbor area of the city all weekend long as the streets run black with hideous, graphic band t-shirts. For me, this is my sophomore year of the festival and could not be more excited to return. Continue reading

Maryland Deathfest Less Than Six Months Away, Tickets Are Moving Fast

The crowd at MDF 2016, by Hillarie Jason

Maryland Deathfest 2017, sure to be North America’s metal event of 2017 has already announced its daily lineups. Headlined by Morbid Angel, Candlemass, Autopsy, Tiamat, Cryptopsy and others, according to a post to the MDF Facebook, there are now less than 100 4-day passes available and less than 200 Rams Head 3-day passes available for MDF XV. Once these are gone, they won’t be releasing more. Full details are below. Continue reading

Maryland Deathfest Announces Daily Lineups, All Tickets Onsale

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The producers of Maryland Deathfest XV have announced the full daily lineups for 2017. Details below: Continue reading

Candlemass, Tiamat, Grave, Root, Oranssi Pazuzu, Samothrace, Gost Added To Maryland Deathfest XV

 

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With a final salvo of bands, 2017’s Maryland Deathfest XV is set at last. Added to the final  line-up are legends like Candlemass (Nightfall set), Tiamat (Exclusive U.S. Appearance), Grave (Exclusive U.S. Appearance), Root (Exclusive U.S. Appearance), Oranssi Pazuzu, Acheron, GosT, Samothrace,  and more. Continue reading

Music Video + Trailer: Antigama – Album Trailer + Used To

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Polish grinders Antigama has posted a trailer created by Bartek Rogalewicz of HELLYWOOD.net for their forthcoming seventh full length album The Insolent, out May 7, 2015 via Selfmadegod Records. Stream it below.

Stream the music video for “Used To” below.

The band will be doing an upcoming Blast The East Coast Northeastern US tour with Drugs Of Faith.

May 13: Nihil Gallery – Brooklyn, NY (w/ The Communion)
May 14: The Funky Jungle – Providence, RI (w/ The Communion)
May 15: Clash Bar – Clifton, NJ (Mildfest) (w/ The Communion, Organ Dealer, Pink Mass, more)
May 16: Second Empire – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Infernal Stronghold)
May 17: TBA – Washington, DC
May 18: Cellar Door – Annandale, VA
May 19: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
May 20: Main Street Annex – Charlottesville, VA
May 23: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD (Maryland Deathfest – no Drugs of Faith)

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Drugs Of Faith Book May Tour With Antigama, Split Seven Inch With Cloud Rat

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Northern Virginia grinders Drugs Of Faith will be doing a brief Northeastern US run with Antigama, as well as releasing a split seven inch with Cloud Rat. They recorded their share for the joint effort at Developing Nations in Baltimore, Maryland with Kevin Bernsten, while Cloud Rat captured their end at Lakebottom Recording House in Toledo, Ohio, with J.C. Griffin. The platter is being finalized now for release in May via Selfmadegod Records. Stream their version of Godflesh’s “Paralyzed” below.

DRUGS OF FAITH Blast the East Coast US Tour w/ Antigama:
May 13: Nihil Gallery – Brooklyn, NY (w/ The Communion, Buckshot Facelift)
May 14: The Funky Jungle – Providence, RI (w/ The Communion)
May 15: Clash Bar – Clifton, NJ (Mildfest) (w/ The Communion, Organ Dealer, Pink Mass, more)
May 16: Second Empire – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Infernal Stronghold)
May 17: TBA – Washington, DC
May 18: Cellar Door – Annandale, VA
May 19: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
May 20: Main Street Annex – Charlottesville, VA

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Antigama Releasing The Insolent on May 7th

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Polish grinders Antigama have completed their seventh full length release titled The Insolent, out May 7, 2015 via Selfmadegod Records. The band has booked a May run of US dates tied into the release of their record, which is posted below.

ANTIGAMA Blast the East Coast US Tour w/ Drugs Of Faith:
May 13: Nihil Gallery – Brooklyn, NY (w/ The Communion)
May 14: The Funky Jungle – Providence, RI (w/ The Communion)
May 15: Clash Bar – Clifton, NJ (Mildfest) (w/ The Communion, Organ Dealer, Pink Mass, more)
May 16: Second Empire – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Infernal Stronghold)
May 17: TBA – Washington, DC
May 18: Cellar Door – Annandale, VA
May 19: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
May 20: Main Street Annex – Charlottesville, VA
May 23: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD (Maryland Deathfest) [no Drugs of Faith]

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Recorded in February at JNS Studio in Warsaw, The Insolent was engineered by Pawel Grabowski, mixed by Grabowski and the band, and mastered by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound in Bethesda, Maryland (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), the album features a very special guest appearance of the legend of Polish electronic music scene, Władysław “Gudonis” Komendarek, and bears cover art designed by Bartek Rogalewicz. The first single from the album comes through a new Youtube video for the fourth track, “Used To,” cut from footage filmed by Paweł “Pavulon” Jaroszewicz and Łukasz Myszkowski during the recording sessions.

The Insolent Track Listing:
01: Reward Or Punishment
02: Foul Play
03: Data Overload
04: Used To
05: Randomize The Algorithm
06: The Insolent
07: Sentenced To The Void
08: Out Beyond
09: Eraser
10: The Land Of Monotony

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Łukasz Myszkowski – vocals, electronics
Sebastian Rokicki – guitars
Paweł Jaroszewicz – drums, percussion
Sebastian Kucharski – bass

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Die Choking Book Upcoming Tour Dates With Artificial Brain

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Philadelphia thrash grinders Die Choking have booked a string of Northeastern US dates, aside from a number of other upcoming live dates which are posted below.

Mar 26: Main Manor – New Castle, DE (w/ Artificial Brain, Traitor, Wojtek, Vicious Embrace)
Mar 27: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD (w/ Artificial Brain, Mother Brain, Kreig, Occult 45 – all ages)
Mar 28: The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Artificial Brain, Dendritic Arbor, Meth Quarry – all ages)
Mar 29: The Meatlocker – Monclair, NJ (all ages w/ Artificial Brain, Organ Dealer, Sunrot)
Apr 25: Ortleibs – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Starkweather, Darkside NYC, Edgewise, Dysphoria)
May 01: Bremen Cafe – Milwaukee, WI (w/ No Brainer)
May 02: No Tomorrow Fest – Appleton, WI (w/ MDC, Hemdale, Solstice, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat, Deathwish, more)
May 03: Spunk Manor – Indianapolis, IN (w/ Cloud Rat, Sick/Tired)
May 14: Lucky 13 – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Fantasy Panther, Scowl)
May 15: TBA – New England
May 16: TBA – New England

Die Choking will enter Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania with Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem) April 1st to lay down thirteen tracks for their debut LP. With an unyielding and uncompromising style of thrash-gone-grind speedfreak hardcore, Die Choking’s already frighteningly unhinged attack will be witnessed with even greater magnitude on the as-yet-unnamed LP, with even faster BPM-rates and more complicated arrangements employed in the design work of the songs.

Watch band drummer Josh Cohen playing in the studio below.

Watch their music video for “Tonsil” below.

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Die Choking Recording Debut Full Length Album

Joshua Cohen of Die Choking. Photo Credit: Charlie Gibb

Joshua Cohen of Die Choking. Photo Credit: Charlie Gibb

Philadelphia thrash-grindcore trio Die Choking has completed writing 13 new songs and will be entering Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA in early April to begin recording their debut full length with producer Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem). Stream the video with band drummer Joshua Cohen (also of Cop Problem) here.

Stream the music video for “Tonsil” below.

Die Choking shoved their second EP of hyperactive, earthmoving grind/thrash down the world’s collective throat, with II. Comprised of members previously/currently hailing from other acts Total Fucking Destruction, Cop Problem, Burden and more, the band follows up their self-titled debut EP with another five tracks in less than six minutes, the material swarming with even more enraged and psychotic songwriting, and more of an ominous powerviolence approach, while stepping things up in the songwriting department and delivery on all levels. II was recorded and mixed at Mark It Zero Studios with Dan O’Hare (Brutal Truth) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, Baptists, Code Orange Kids) at Audiosiege. The 7″ is 300 copies on vibrant red vinyl, each copy joined by a document that function’s as a real, personal Living Will, in the theme of the closing track, “Tonsil.” Fans of Wormrot, Brutal Truth, Human Remains, Magrudergrind and Noisear don’t walk away without it.

The band has a string of upcoming live dates:

Mar 26: Main Manor – New Castle, DE (w/ Artificial Brain, Traitor, Wojtek, Vicious Embrace)
Mar 27: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD (w/ Artificial Brain, Mother Brain, Kreig, Occult 45) – all ages
Mar 28: The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA – all ages (w/ Artificial Brain, Dendritic Arbor, Meth Quarry)
Mar 29: The Meatlocker – Monclair, NJ – all ages (w/ Artificial Brain, Organ Dealer, Sunrot)
Apr 25: Ortleibs – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Starkweather, Darkside NYC, Edgewise, Dysphoria)
May 01: TBA – Milwaukee, WI (w/ No Brainer)
May 02: No Tomorrow Fest – Appleton, WI (w/ MDC, Hemdale, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat)
May 03: TBA – Chicago, IL
May 14: Lucky 13 – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Fantasy Panther, Scowl)
May 15: TBA – New England, MA
May 16: TBA – New England, MA

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