So, I’m going to Maryland Death Fest…
Title says it all, dear headbangers. I’ll be off for the next couple weeks for a vacation in Maryland, including a stop at MDF in Baltimore.
It’ll be my first metal festival experience, so naturally I look forward to enjoying myself and of course, writing about it.
MDF is an extreme metal festival taking place over 3 days on Memorial Day weekend focusing on death metal, black metal, and doom metal. It’s one of the few events of its kind in North America, a region that is frankly starved for metal festivals.
Sure, there are a few others: Heavy Montreal. ProgPower, in Atlanta. New England Metal Hardcore Festival.
But as fun and rewarding as these events are, they aren’t in the same league as Wacken, Bloodstock, Sweden Rock, Hole In the Sky, and others. At least not yet.
One caveat: I won’t be able to attend all 3 days (the logistics just wouldn’t work), so I’ll only be at the Sunday portion of MDF. Yes, it would be cool to catch the other headliners on the other days, like At the Gates and Ulver. But the band’s I’m most interested in seeing play on Sunday, 5/25: Candlemass, Gorguts, and My Dying Bride.
There’ll be plenty of pent-up demand to see this trio of bands. My Dying Bride hasn’t toured the USA since 1997, Candlemass’ revolving door of vocalists makes touring problematic, and Gorguts had been written off as finished until recently when “Colored Sands” came out.
I’m also planning on seeing some other Maryland sights as long as I’m down there: Edgar Allen Poe’s grave, Antietam National Battlefield, Flying Dog Brewery, Assateague National Seashore, Camden Yards, Fort McHenry. So I’m expanding the MDF experience into a full vacation, an adventure with metal as the catalyst.
Upon return, I’ll have plenty to write about, and HOM readers will be treated to a series of album reviews and writeups for some of the band’s participating in MDF. So if you wanted to go but couldn’t get a ticket, or you’ve always wanted to go but just can’t make it, hopefully I can take you there.
Has anyone else attended MDF or any similar events in the past? Good experience? Have any tips? Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments.
Written by Matt P