Posts highlighting noteworthy tours, one-off shows, and perhaps occasional show reviews.
With the first lineup announcements for MDF 2014 coming in another day or so, we decided to throw out a combination of analysis and rampant speculation about who will be playing next year’s show.
A quick rundown of my experience at this year’s Maryland Deathfest.
The Transylvanian Legacy Tour’s stop in Orange County ended up being a very memorable night in more ways than one. Not only did Romanian black metal legends Negură Bunget and their folk counterpart Din Brad deliver impressive sets, but the multitude of opening bands and the nifty two-stage setup at Malone’s Bar and Grill in Santa Ana resulted in a long and thoroughly ear-melting night of almost nonstop metal.
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I would hope that most of my US-based readers would have heard about this already, but I thought I’d call attention to it just in case. The lineup for year’s Rites Of Darkness festival in San Antonio, TX is so utterly ridiculous that I would probably chew off a limb to attend. This year’s bands include Urfaust, Strid, Evoken, Sargeist, Behexen, Funebrarum, Antaeus, Weapon, Mitochondrion, Impetuous Ritual, Mortuary Drape, Nunslaughter, Root, and tons more. The pre-fest lineup also boasts Ondskapt, Wodensthrone and Dispirit. The quality of bands the organizers have managed to pull together is incredible, especially considering that many of these bands will be gracing US soil for the very first time.
The festival organizers have been hyping their lineup for some time new via its Facebook page. Tickets will finally go on sale in a week or so on June 13th. Follow the festival on Facebook to keep up-to-date with the latest developments and ticket information.
Rites of Darkness Festival
December 9th – 11th (Pre-fest December 8th)
2410 N. St. Marys, San Antonio, TX 78212
As if I needed another reason to look forward to this month’s Agalloch show, apparently Allerseelen and folks from The Ajna Offensive will be selling copies of the Oak Folk compilation, which sounds like it might be pretty interesting. Oak Folk, compiled by Allerseelen member Gerhard Hallstatt, is a collection of songs from North American and European bands writing songs about the sacred oak. Musical styles on the compilation range from dark ambient and folk to black metal, and all of the tracks featured will be exclusive to this release. Agalloch and Allerseelen both contribute songs, and honestly out of the others the only name I recognize is Waldteufel, but that doesn’t really damper my hopes too much.
You can get some more info on the Oak Folk comp at Steinklang Industries, including a medley featuring clips from all 12 songs that should give you a pretty good idea what it’s about.
I consider it one of my major failures as a metal fan that I’ve not yet managed to see legendary NY death metal band Incantation live. For some reason they seem to like to tour the Eastern U.S. and hit up random places like Mexico or Europe more than they like the West Coast. As if it hasn’t been rubbed in my face enough already, the band is gearing up for a mini-tour during which they’ll be playing their classic album Onward To Golgotha from start to finish!
I was treated to another band playing a classic album in its entirety earlier this year (Cynic‘s Focus) and I’ve gotta say that it’s a pretty unbelievably awesome experience. If you’re a fan of old school death metal and you live in one of the cities where Incantation’s going to be playing, check out the tour dates above and go see some death metal!