(Here is Andy Synn writing about his excursion with other members of the NCS crew to the just-completed 2018 edition of Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore. Photos by Islander, except the one above by Andy.)
I don’t know what you’re up to, dear reader, but I’m currently sat here decompressing and trying to recover (both physically and mentally) from another weekend spent enjoying the sights and sounds (and smells) of Maryland Deathfest.
But, rather than put together a straightforward write-up of each day in a purely linear fashion, I’ve decided to echo what I did last year and provide a slightly more irreverent insight into the weekend’s festivities.
Number of bands seen over the weekend (at least to an appreciable extent)
Most commonly-consumed beverage
Beer. Specifically cans of Natty Boh from the Soundstage bar.
Most commonly heard music-style
Style of music I don’t really *get* for the most part
Style of music I still kind of enjoy seeing live
Number of people comically falling over when attempting to stage-dive during Pig Destroyer
Number of on-stage proposals witnessed
Favourite performances of the weekend
3. God Dethroned
2. Misery Index
Favourite songs which those bands DIDN’T play
3. “Under the Sign of the Iron Cross”
2. “Thrown Into The Sun”
1. “To The Mountains”
Best new discoveries of the weekend
Other honourable mentions
Award for perseverance in the face of adversity
Award for nicest person I met at the festival
Steve from Horrible Earth
Award for most soul-crushing performance
Two-way tie between Thantifaxath and Evoken
Award for secret performance that most people found out about after the fact
Theme of the weekend
Additional thoughts and musings
- Jet-lag is a bitch, and meant I missed a few of the late-slot bands I wanted to see early on (particularly Incantation).
- Still not a huge fan of Grindcore, as WAY too much of it sounds really interchangeable, however when it’s good it can be a lot of fun, and I particularly enjoyed both Wormot and Horrible Earth.
- The drumming this year really stood out, and it was awesome to be able to see Adam Jarvis (Misery Index/Pig Destroyer), Michiel van der Plicht (God Dethroned), and Frost (Satyricon) so clearly from where we were standing. Jarvis in particular hits unbelievably hard for the speeds he’s playing at.
- Extra-special mention for the drummers from Suffering Hour and The Ruins of Beverast, who also really impressed me.
- I know I’m late to the Khemmis train, but damn… those guys have a very bright future ahead of them in my opinion.
- Also, I’ve already seen Begotten once this year… I didn’t need to see it again (thanks Evoken)!
- Oh, and… HIGH SPEED!!!
Predictions for 2019
- Hypocrisy and Kataklysm
- Cattle Decapitation
- Anaal Nathrakh