I guess I’m not strictly taking a blog break, because I’m writing this post. I just wanted to say hello and tell you that I’m having a wonderful time at Maryland Deathfest and wish you were here. I know just reading those words will make your whole day, and probably even your whole week.
Saturday was amazing, even though my traveling companions and I missed some awesome bands because our visit to the National Aquarium lasted longer than we planned, and because we were compelled to make some difficult choices between bands whose set times conflicted with each other.
But these bands I did see were just fucking fantastic: Arcturus (pictured above), Triptykon, Antigama, Adversarial, Wolfbrigade, and Agoraphobic Nosebleed.
I’ll put some photos of the sets down below, though the Wolfbrigade and AnB photos are from someone else’s phone; my phone had died by that point and she didn’t want to get as close as I usually get to take pics. They reveal mainly how incredibly packed the Soundstage was for both of these sets.
But first, I’ve included a segment of BadWolf’s phone video of a mosh pit during the Arcturus set in which the action metamorphosed briefly into waltzing and piggy-back rides before Hellhammer began blasting and the more typical jostling resumed.
You might have had to be there to understand why this made perfect sense. What an incredible set — I had very little idea what to expect, and was left with my mouth hanging open. I may be able to explain why when I have more time.
I also picked up more mercy yesterday. I’ve been sparing you photos of all the stuff I bought, but I will include the next photo. I had learned that the new Deiphago album, Into the Eye of Satan — which isn’t due for official release until August 7 — was available for sale at the Hells Headbangers tent. By the time I got there yesterday afternoon, they only had 2 copies left. It was a close call. I’m sure they had sold the final copy well before the sun went down. Anxious to hear this when I get back home:
One day of MDF 2015 is left, but it’s going to be a hell of a day. Among the bands I’ve never seen before that I’m most anxious to see today: Primordial, Anaal Nathrakh, Skepticism, Demilich, Amorphis, and Portal. I wish you were here, too.
Here are some randomly selected pics from yesterday’s sets that I saw: