I spied a couple of festival-related things this morning that I thought were worth sharing. Big metal festivals are a dime-a-dozen for people in Europe, but for metalheads in the U.S. (and seemingly everywhere else in the world) they’re like gold bars discovered in your sock drawer. Okay, maybe not quite that rare an occurrence, but you know what I mean. Also, I’m trying to deflect my own jealousy over Andy Synn’s recent escapades at the Inferno Festival by attempting to make him jealous.
MARYLAND DEATHFEST XIII
This morning the organizers of MDF XIII unveiled the official festival poster for this year’s edition of North America’s best metal festival. Gaze upon it above (and click the image to enlarge it). It features the artwork of Lucas Ruggiero. 250 copies will be printed and will soon be available for pre-order at the MDF web site. That line-up still makes me drool (correction: it makes me drool more than usual).
I have my tickets for the entire extravaganza; it appears (against all odds) that my fucking day job will not screw up my ability to attend; and I have friends from Seattle (including my NCS comrade BadWolf) who will be accompanying me to fend off the paparazzi. What could be better?
The event will take place May 21-24 and tickets for each of the three days at Edison Lot are still available (here). Hope to see some of you lords and ladies there.
HELLS HEADBASH PART 2
I don’t normally consider Cleveland to be a vacation destination, but it is the place to be on September 4-6, 2015, because that’s where the second edition of Hells Headbash will take place.
Today, Hells Headbangers announced the final line-up for the event, which celebrates the label’s own 15th anniversary. The location has been changed from the label’s distribution warehouse (where the first of these events took place) to the Agora Theater (which has an occupancy of 2000!), and an additional day has been added as well. It will include the first American performances by Satanic Warmaster and Destruktor as well as exclusive U.S. performances by Archgoat and Profanatica, plus appearances by 31 other Hells Headbangers-supported bands. The full line-up is listed below.
Tickets can be purchased here, and more event info is available at this location:
I’m hopeful I can make this one, too, but with my day job, advance planning is a highly risky proposition — so I’ll have to wait a bit longer.
The Haunting Presence
I actually might’ve been able to swing a trip to MDF given my class schedule this year, but finding a cheap place to stay would’ve been tough. I need to start meeting MDF-friendly people here with couches available in Baltimore.
23 reasons why i wish we had a summer home in Maryland: Artificial Brain, Bloodbath, Cianide, Funebrarum, Master, Obituary, Suffocation, Blood Red Throne, Sodom, Vulcano, Masacre, Neurosis, Devourment, Internal Bleeding, Mortal Decay, Origins, Skinless, Knelt Rote, Impetuous Ritual, Portal, Ghoul, Cephalic Carnage, D.R.I.