Monthly Archives: April 2013

New Ptahil song on Bandcamp

Fort Wayne, Indiana hellions Ptahil have posted a new tune to ease your tax day woes. No, who the hell cares about taxes, just jam out to this rocking new song “Lamashtu“. Read my Lamashtuprevious review of Ptahil’s latest effort here. Seriously crank this tune. It is Monday and no fucks are given.

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POLL: Vote for your must-see Maryland Deathfest bands!

Everyone has their favorite MUST SEE bands for the 2013 Maryland Deathfest. Listed below are all the bands with Thursday’s bands listed first and so on. Tell me which bands you must see. You can choose as many bands as you like. Let’s see who the popular kids on the block are going to be this year.

Don’t know what everyone sounds like? No problem. Check out the MDF event radio station over at Last.fm and find out which bands are your favorites.

INTERVIEW: Ahumado Granujo brings groovy grindcore to Maryland Deathfest

Cybergrindcore may not be a metal subgenre hybrid that you have heard before or that is easy to explain, until you listen to Ahumado Granujo. Take the danceable heart pumping synthetic beats you might hear at a downtown rave and mix them with the grinding riffs of grindcore and the throatiest vocals of death metal and you have this amazing and weirdest addition to the 2013 Maryland Deathfest lineup.

Ahumado Granujo (Facebook image)

Ahumado Granujo (Facebook image)

Czech Republic import Ahumado Granujo plays MDF on Friday, May 25. Rarely does one encountered such an intentional collision of dissimilar musical styles so expertly executed.  I sent my standard questions to Ahumado Granujo and their drummer Pete, aka Kazeto, kindly replied.

Who’s in the in current lineup?

We have a fresh meat at the mic – MDF is going to be his third show with our band. But don’t expect any vocal changes, it should sound pretty much the same as the fans are used to.

So the current line up is:
Wokatej – vox
Jurgen – guitar
Beherit – bass
Pete – drums

What do you consider to be one of your band’s most essential recordings? And why?

I think it’s the first album SPLATTER TEKK because it combines some violent blasts with nice dancey grooves.

How does your band feel about playing Maryland Deathfest? What have you heard about this festival?

It’s a big honor for us to play at MDF for I guess it’s the most famous metal festival in the USA.

What other bands playing MDF do you hope to see perform?

My personal must-see is the Melvins

Will you be doing other shows as part of your stop at MDF or is this appearance exclusive?

We’ll play two more shows in New York and New Jersey and then we head down to Mexico with another Czech band INGROWING. (See tour listing below.)

Will there be any unusual or special merchandize you will be selling while at MDF?

As long as we haven’t released anything new recently, the merch should be standard.

Is there anything else you hope to do while you are in Maryland? Eat crabs? Go to the Chesapeake Bay?

This is going to be my first visit to the USA ever so it strongly depends on the suggestions of the people we’re about to meet.

Is there anything else you want people to know about your band? Any new records coming up? Special tours? Etc. Anything at all?

Thank you for your support! I hope you’ll have fun at MDF!! If you’re interested about AHUMADO GRANUJO or INGROWING, here’s the complete list of USA/MEX tour dates:

CONQUERING THE LANDS OF BURGERS AND TACOS

TOUR 2013

USA

May 21 New York, NY Saint Vitus Bar
May 22 Secaucus, NJ The Blue Room
May 23 Baltimore, MD MARYLAND DEATH FEST

MEXICO

27 Mayo Pachuca De Soto Salon Alcatraz
28 Mayo Monterrey Bar Montezuma
29 Mayo Toluca Beat Club
30 Mayo San Luis Potosi Tio Mich
31 Mayo Leon After Revolution Bar
01 Junio Mexico City Billiar Billis

INTERVIEW: LOSS to serve ‘unjoy’ for Maryland Deathfest

For some people, there is a sweet, cathartic pleasure in immersing oneself in utter pain, despair and desperation. The group Loss provides the soundtrack to that experience. What else would you expect from a band whose motto is Fatum Vestri Vita—doom your life?
Loss performs at the 2013 Maryland Deathfest on Saturday, May 25 at the Sonar compound.
LOSS photo by Diana Lee Zadlo
This funeral doom outfit formed in late 2003 and claims “Music City” Nashville, TN as their home. They’ve produced a variety of demos, EPs and splits over that time, but not until 2011 did they birth the full-length recording Despond on Profound Lore in 2011.
True to the funeral doom descriptor, Loss produces slow, heavy, dirge-like melodies framed by Mike Meacham’s hollow, throaty growls. If you like groups like Pallbearer or Evoken, Loss will be your cup of gloom.
Loss’s music lives in a gray, bleak world, but somehow that lifeless miasma is comforting and, at times, epic. Light does stream in, and I find their music not quite as weighty as some of their funeral doom colleagues.
Mike replied to my MDF questions. Here are his replies:
What will be the official lineup for Maryland Deathfest?
The standard lineup…original four members:

Jay LeMaire – drums
Tim Lewis – guitar
John Anderson – bass
Mike Meacham – guitar/throat


What do you consider to be one of your band’s most essential
recordings? And why?
For certain the Despond album. It’s our first full length and is a perfect representation of all the emotions we wish to capture.

How does your band feel about playing Maryland Deathfest? What
have you heard about this festival?
We are looking forward to playing, as it is our country’s largest and best festival of its kind. I’ve heard it’s well run, and the attendance is large so that’s good, however I personally hate being around lots of people or crowds. Not really my thing. Some great bands are playing as always…

What other bands playing MDF do you hope to see perform?
Anhedonist, Benediction, Bolt Thrower, 
Broken Hope, Carcass, Cobalt, Deiphago; 
Integrity,
Pagan Altar, 
Repulsion, Venom,
Tinner, and Tragedy.

Will you be doing other shows as part of your stop at MDF or is this appearance exclusive?
This is just a one off show for us though we have plans to return to the North East very soon…

Will there be any unusual or special merchandize you will be selling while at MDF?
It’s a secret to everyone, haha!

Is there anything else you hope to do while you are in Maryland?
No not really… sleep? Travel is cathartic so it will be nice to be away from home. We have lots of friends that will be in attendance so that’s definitely what I’m looking forward to.

Is there anything else you want people to know about your band?
Any new records coming up?
We have two splits coming this year both for vinyl: one with Graves At Sea and one with Hooded Menace. We hope you find the way to a razor, noose or bottle pills through our music or at least catharsis. We will most likely disappoint you live. Unjoy…

INTERVIEW: Carpathian Forest prepare for exclusive Maryland Deathfest show

Carpathian Forest embodies everything I love about black metal –grim but beautiful, atmospheric melodies, songs with misanthropic themes and socially biting, often disturbing lyrics. Yet the group couches this “strange old brew” of ideas into infectious rock and roll rhythms that make me want to get up and dance. They also are not afraid to add in unnerving audio samples and keyboards or include a cover song when the mood strikes. Weird? Of course. Disturbing? Sometimes. Awesome? Yes! Carpathian Forest perform Sunday, May 26 at the 2013 Maryland Deathfest, their first performance on U.S. soil.

Formed in Norway in 1990 by Roger “Nattefrost” Rasmussen and John Nordavind, the group established themselves as a powerful force in the second wave of black metal with two demos, an EP and their seminal full-length Black Shining Leather. In 2000, the group experienced a lineup change that has persisted to this day. Among the new members was bassist Daniel Vrangsinn.

Vrangsinn is among the most recognizable figures in black metal with an arresting image of him appearing in photographer Peter Beste’s book “True Norwegian Black Metal”. In the group’s infamous 2004 DVD, “We Are Going to Hollywood For This,” he performs on stage wearing little more than a leather S&M style harness. He cuts a striking and memorable profile with corpse paint streaming down his face and sweat pouring off of his bare shoulders.

Vrangsinn also founded and leads Misantrof, a not-for profit, anti-commercial experiment that releases music (ANTIRecords) and the written word (ANTIPublishing) for free and allows the artists to retain full right to their work. The organization is supported entirely by donations that go back to the artists. Founded on the principal that “without greed or corruption art is set free to remind mankind what it never can be,”  Misantrof is a noble effort and further evidence of his strong character.

Vrangsinn’s generosity seem as big as his physical stature, and he was kind enough to answer my basic questions, which follow. Daniel tells me that he and the rest of the CF crew will be attending the entire four days of MDF so be sure to be on the look out. Buy them some beer or some steamed crabs!

What will be the official lineup for Maryland Deathfest? 

Nattefrost – Vocal
Tchort – Guitar
Bloodpervertor – Guitar
Vrangsinn – Bass
Kobro – Drums
The line-up is the same Carpathian Forest you always get to see. No changes in the past decade.

What do you consider to be one of your band’s most essential recordings? And why?

The favorite album of mine is the first full length Black Shining Leather, but I do consider all the albums essential. Another of my favorites is Defending the Throne of Evil.
How does your band feel about playing Maryland Deathfest? What have you heard about this festival?

We are looking forward to this very much. We arrive a couple of days before our show to see other bands and meet US friends. 
What other bands playing MDF do you hope to see perform?

PENTAGRAM! I also hope to catch Venom, The Melvins, Bolt Thrower and many many more. 
Will you be doing other shows as part of your stop at MDF or is this appearance exclusive?
This is an exclusive concert. We won’t do any other U.S. shows
Will there be any unusual or special merchandize you will be selling while at MDF?

I don’t know yet

Is there anything else you hope to do while you are in Maryland? Eat crabs? Go to the Chesapeake Bay?

Hang out with friends, drink beer and watch concerts. Crab claws do sound tempting though.

Is there anything else you want people to know about your band?
We are slowly working on new material, and we hope to record a new album this year.

HATE bassist dies unexpectedly in his sleep after Stuttgart show

The Polish death metal band Hate reported on their Facebook page today that their bassist, Sławek (Sławomir) “Mortifer” Archangielskij, has died suddenly in his sleep following a show in Stuttgart. The group has canceled the remainder of their tour dates.

Sławek (Sławomir) "Mortifer" Archangielskij,
Sławek (Sławomir) “Mortifer” Archangielskij

Here is the exact statement from Hate:

SŁAWEK „MORTIFER” ARCHANGIELSKIJ IS DEAD

At night 5th/6th April near a German town of Munchberg, our friend, best comrade and longtime bass player unexpectedly passed away. After the show in Stuttgart last night he went to sleep and never woke up. We found him lifeless early in the morning and immediately called an ambulance. He was reanimated, but to no avail. Results of Sławek’s autopsy should be known soon. In this situation, we decided to cancel the remaining shows and return home. We gave detailed testimonies to the German police. We are shocked and shattered by his sudden, unexpected death. We mourn together with Slawek’s family and friends.

Adam, Konrad, Stanislaw, Daniel /HATE


I join with the group, his family and friends in mourning his sudden passing. I have seen Hate one time only and that was when they toured with Mayhem in December 2011. I took some photos of the show but only got one really good one of Mortifer as he was pretty active on the stage. Hate had just embarked on a European tour and had just released a new album Solarflesh, some of their best work yet.
May he rest in peace or rest in chaos….however you choose to think about it.
And seriously, what is the deal with these young guys dying in their sleep?

INTERVIEW: Pagan Altar makes US debut at Maryland Deathfest

Pagan Altar

Think traditional heavy metal, and you should be thinking of the band Pagan Altar. Pagan Altar will play the 2013 Maryland Deathfest Sunday, May 26 at one of the former Sonar compound stages. This will be the first time Pagan Altar performs in the U.S.

Founded in the UK in the mid 1970s, this father-son project has a rich history of producing occult infused heaviness accompanied by equally theatrical stage presentations. The group logged just one cassette demo recording in 1982. Bootlegs of the demo helped spread the word. The band played a lot of gigs and, over time, Pagan Altar accrued a cult-like following, although mostly within the UK.

In 1998, the six demo songs were re-released on CD as Volume 1 by Oracle Records. With the advent of the Internet, interest in Pagan Altar began to spread rapidly beyond the confines of Great Britain. The bulk of their recordings have occurred in the 2000s.

Vocalist and lyricist Terry Jones is distinctive in the genre. To me it sounds like a cross between Steve Winwood and a young Ozzy Osbourne. His son, lead guitarist Alan Jones, authors the heavy riff-laden music. Second guitar duties go to Vince Hempstead, Dean Alexander plays drums and Liam Gallagher plays bass.

Always mysterious and ever heavy, the sounds of Pagan Altar will lure you into their darkened realm. The music is simple, melodic and unaffected but never boring. Each song builds layer upon layer until you get caught up in their spell.

Vince Hempstead graciously responded to a few questions.

How long has this current lineup been together? 
This line up has been together for one year although I have been with the band for two years, Dean for nearly four years; Terry and Alan are the only original members.

What would you say is an essential Pagan Altar recording? 
“The Rising of the Dark Lord” seems very popular and has had the most YouTube hits out of all the tracks so we are going to be playing that track at MDF as it has never been played before with the current line up and has only been played once before ever live.

How does your band feel about playing Maryland Deathfest? What have you heard about this festival?
We are all very excited and honored, as we have heard it is the biggest and best metal festival in USA with constant great bands playing.

What other bands playing MDF do you hope to see perform? 
We are very much looking forward to seeing Manilla Road and were happy that there set is the same day as ours.

Will you be doing other shows as part of your stop at MDF or is this appearance exclusive?
The agreement for our appearance is this would be an exclusive show, but we aim to come back in the future for smaller shows.

Will there be any unusual or special merchandize you will be selling while at MDF?
Most of the merchandise will be arranged for us, but we are bringing some new silver logo/head pendants with us that were handmade by the ex-bassist Diccon Harper. Also we are planning to have a special MDF/Pagan Altar t-shirt made just for that gig.

Is there anything else you hope to do while you are in Maryland? Eat crabs? Go to the Chesapeake Bay?
We are just happy to come and visit Maryland but the Chesapeake Bay would be a bonus if we could take time out to visit.

Is there anything else you want people to know about your band? Any new records coming up?
At the moment we are working hard to complete the new album Never Quite Dead, and this is our main priority. Any new news will be posted on our band Facebook page. 
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