(Maryland Deathfest 2015 is in the history books, but the organizers already lining up bands for next year’s edition of MDF. Here’s KevinP’s wishlist of bands for next year — and we want your ideas in the Comment section, too.)
2015 is in the books and we have a date for next year already (May 26th-29th). Bands usually start being announced in a month (or so), so let’s get the discussion going! Who do you want to see and why? For the sake of reasonableness, I’m keeping my list to 10, even though like many of you I could easily do 20+. Also, a few rules I applied: if a band played in 2014/2015, they won’t be playing next year, just accept that as near fact. Even bands who played in 2013 seem far-fetched. So no Bolt Thrower, Dark Angel, or Bloodbath. The most recent year I’m pulling from is 2012. So here we go with my list (in order of importance) along with my infallible logic.
1. Hail Of Bullets – their last appearance was 2011. I think a five-year gap is more than enough time. Who doesn’t like this band? If you don’t you should get your head examined (or you may be a Finnish guy named Markku). I would like an Edison Lot show, though. Since I would bring my 12-year-old daughter, who loves HOB, the shows end earlier and there’s more breathing room at the lot. Would be awesome for her to finally meet Ed Warby and Martin van Drunen.
2. Universe217 – they have never played on this side of the pond before. Perfect band for the Thursday doom crowd, though I like to skip Thursdays, so make this another Edision Lot band (yeah, yeah, yeah, I ask for the moon and the stars, so what, I’m greedy). This is another band my daughter and I share a mutual love for. Be forewarned, I’ll be weeping like a baby if I’m able to bring her to a metal festival and she could see these two bands.
3. Wolfheart – with a band like Amorphis being booked this past year, the organizers are opening up to melodic bands. Wolfheart is still way more aggressive than your standard melodeath band, and more people need to be exposed to the musical genuis of Tuomas Saukkonen.
4. Autopsy – last appearance was 2012. I haven’t seen them since 1993. No chance in hell they are gonna play Florida, so this is my only realistic way.
5. Sulphur Aeon – probably the best death metal band to emerge in the past decade. This seems like a no-brainer after they released a monster album last month.
6. Hollenthon – another band that’s never gotten a chance here. It’s Martin of Pungent Stench doing a black/death symphonic thing.
7. Dordeduh – the REAL Negură Bunget. Their debut album was also way better than anything they did with their previous band. Some of you will disagree with that, but that’s okay, we can have a spirited debate over it after they complete their Ram’s Head performance.
8. Outre – they just released the best album of the year so far, supreme black metal of the highest order!
9. Aenaon – one of the best albums released in 2014, never played here, would be a huuuuuuge deal for people who like their black metal “outside the box”. And who doesn’t want to be graced by the presence of Mini Zeus?
10. Hideous Divinity – makes Hour of Penance and Fleshgod Carnival Music seem like child’s play. Hyper-fast death metal that actually has QUALITY songwriting (and good production values).
Okay, Kevin has had his say… what do you say?