Monthly Archives: April 2012
The set times can be found at this link on the MDF X website OR because I am such a nerd and need to see things differently, I recreated the list in a Google spreadsheet which you can see here. Actually four sheets, one for each day. Go ahead and say it, I am a nerd. For some reason this helps me see the schedule better.
My spread sheet only gives the start times. That’s because once I commit to seeing an act, I don’t plan to wander off and see what is happening at another stage half way through. I am there for the duration.
Either way, I hope the links will help you plan your days. Remember, all the bands are being profiled here at Metallomusikum.
While a band like Backslider might be one of the fastest you’ve ever heard, Winter may be among the slowest. Even their faster songs, such as The Hour of Doom, are restrained by the low, echoing vocals of bassist John Alman. Drummer Joe Goncalves makes every beat deliberate and contemplative and guitarist Stephen Flam marinates every riff in sludge-y goodness. Just when another band might pick up the pace, Winter slows it down even further.
Winter disbanded for many years, reuniting only a couple of years ago to perform for festivals such as Roadburn. Apparently, like another famous (though fictional) New Yorker, Rip Van Winkle, they have awoken from long a Winter’s nap to find the music scene ready to receive them. Let Winter lull you into a pleasant, yet slightly disturbing, dream-like state on Sunday afternoon, May 27, at the 2012 Maryland Deathfest.
Backslider put a smile on my face because they reminded me of all those un-named punk bands I watched tear up smokey clubs and basements in the late 80s. All the spit and vinegar is there, except these guys are, at times, just a bit doomier and sludgier. Don’t plant them too deep, water them just a little, and they might grow into something like Dragged Into Sunlight.
Check out their Bandcamp here. Don’t worry, it will take less than two minutes.
I am not sure, but this video seems to be sped up a little. Either way, it’s totally worth watching as the moshers and the drum set nearly collide on several occasions.
My love for Gojira is deep and wide and incredibly hard to explain. Somehow Gojira engenders the kind of love and devotion and pure fucking metal mania from their fans, the likes of which you will not see for many death metal bands. One simply does not listen to Gojira and say, “Meh.”
The first exposure I had to this group was from their last album, The Way of All Flesh. The power and anticipation that built with every track there is evident in this new song, too. This group does not rush its composing and recording schedule, they take their time and it shows.
Listen to the new track here.