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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
With Sonar closing, the location of 2013's Maryland DeathFest XI was up in the air. The organizers have finally announced that the fest will be held in the same location as last year, and will be expanded. Maryland DeathFest XI will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Tickets go on sale on October 15th at 12 pm (EST). You can read the entire update below:
We're a day early with this announcement, but we can finally let you know where MDF XI will be taking place.
In a nutshell, we will be returning to the property formerly known as Sonar, and will be at least doubling the amount of outside space that we've been used to utilizing. We realize that it's a bit of a mind fuck to wait around for a few months just to hear that the fest is returning to the same place, but truth be told, the other places we looked at were either not able to give us a definite answer anytime soon, and/or had too many inconveniences that we did not want to put the fans through. During the venue search, it was brought to our attention that the new owners of the property were willing to collaborate with us, so we decided to go through with returning to a familiar place that is close to the hotels and conveniences of downtown Baltimore.
The additional space outside will allow us to comfortably accommodate the crowd, and will allow more room for the MDF vendor village, food vendors/food trucks, places to sit, and other new additions like misting tents to escape the possibility of it being hotter than it should be that weekend. There will be two outside stages plus the stage inside. Due to the new configuration outside, the placement of the outside stages will likely be different.
As for the building itself, there are some renovations currently taking place, but the rooms will be used exactly how they have been in the past, and it will be air conditioned throughout.
We would also like to announce the addition of a second inside stage at Baltimore Soundstage, which is a 1/2 mile walk away from the former Sonar (at 124 Market Place), and will be used from Friday-Sunday. This will be a smaller show without a barricade that will feature mostly hardcore and punk bands, and it will be scheduled in a way that should not conflict with anything going on at the former Sonar compound. All of the bands for this stage will be included in next week's announcement on October 9th.
The latest list of bands playing at this time is as follows: More...
Beefy funny man, Billy Milano once said “Skinheads and bangers and punks stand as one Crossover to a final scene.” This insight he offered on S.O.D.’s 1985 release “Speak English or Die” would serve as a rallying cry for hardcore punks and metal heads to come together. Not only did this song help create a mindset for bringing together two scenes; it also constructed a formula for the two styles to merge. Known simply as metalcore or crossover, the term came to describe how hardcore bands added metal’s solos and heft to their arrangements, while thrash absorbed the speed, attitude and brevity of hardcore to their compositions.
Milano also claimed “It’s not the way you wear your hair, it’s what’s inside of you.” Even though these words ring true twenty-seven years after publication, and so often we see the two lines blurring together, hair styles have pretty much remained the same (minus poodle hair and mullets). Short hair, often bald or spiky, is still relegated to punks, while long hair is a feature of head bangers. Regardless of attitude and opposition to the mainstream, many punks and metal heads prefer to segregate.
After hearing an inspiring hardcore/crossover album from "The Casualties" and attending festivals such as Fun Fun Fun Fest and Chaos in Tejas that mesh metal and hardcore in the last year, I felt the need to research and write an article on the history of this topic. Through the usual resource of the Internet, Ian Christe’s book “Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal” and a first person source, I hope to shed light on this phenomenon. In the following article, we will look at the interchangeable qualities of punk and metal, as well as delving into each style’s social constraints. We will look at the bands that started this movement and analyze how the art form has evolved. Ready yourself for a crash course on punk-thrash crossover movement. More...
Chaos in Tejas Festival, Austin, Texas' annual gathering of extreme bands, announced on its Facebook page the initial lineup for the 2013 installment. British death metal legends Bolt Thrower, reunited hardcore act Integrity, Japanese black thrashers Abigail, epic metallers Manilla Road and several other grind, punk and power violence bands are schedulded to play the festival on May 30-June 2, 2013. More...
Eight more bands have been confirmed for MDF XI, which is to take place Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Here are the latest bands confirmed:
PAGAN ALTAR (UK) - Exclusive US show!
VINTERLAND (Sweden) - Exclusive US show!
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
An updated list of confirmed bands up to now can be found below:
!T.O.O.H.! (Czech Republic) - Exclusive US show
AHUMADO GRANUJO (Czech Republic)
ANTAEUS (France) - Exclusive US show
AOSOTH (France) - Exclusive US show
CARCASS (UK) - Exclusive US show
CONVULSE (Finland) - Exclusive US show
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
INGROWING (Czech Republic)
PAGAN ALTAR (UK)
RIGHTEOUS PIGS - Exclusive US show
Headliners and more band announcements are expected soon. With Sonar closing, information regarding the new venue is expected to be revealed sometime in August.
Metalunderground.com is premiering a studio tour by Sanford Parker as part of the upcoming Scion A/V video series from their Music(less) Conference. In this video, producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea, Yakuza) gives a tour of Engine Studios in Chicago, from the main room to the control room.
Scion A/V is set to launch a variety of exclusive online video content that was taken from their most recent Scion Music(less) Music Conference, a two-day event that brings together a diverse selection of experts to discuss the relevant issues in the music industry. Consisting of panels, debates, one-on-one interviews and workshops, and attended by music’s most cutting edge artists and the industry’s biggest influencers, the conference’s goal is to provide developing talent with knowledge and resources for evolving careers.
The conference videos will be released on March 26 at scionav.com/mmc and youtube.com/scionav and feature appearances from Mark Mothersbaugh, Mark Ronson, Steve Aoki, Nadastrom, Todd Edwards, Dam-Funk, Kurt Ballou, 45 King, Sanford Parker and others who provide an intimate look at their music-making process as well as discussing their careers in absolute detail and candor.
Along with the studio tours, there are panels and workshop videos featuring industry newsmakers that will be available to view, highlighting music business topics such as “What I Learned” featuring Wino, “Artists on Hating,” featuring Dwid Hellion of Integrity, and questions such as “How to Pick a Label and Deal With Them?” featuring Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste. Other panels include music business topics such as “The Role of Zines” and questions such as “Why Start A Label Now?”
“Scion believes the current state of the music industry is an ever-changing climate,” says Jeri Yoshizu, Manager of Sales Promotions for Scion. “The primary focus of the Scion Music(less) Music Conference is to center on the factors of the current business landscape and elaborate on how to thrive sensibly and successfully and we’re happy to bring what was discussed there to the interested public at large.”
Studio Tour with Sanford Parker (Scion AV)
Immolation has been announced as the latest confirmed act for the upcoming Scion Rock Festival, which is set to take place on March 5th in Pomona, California. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The other announced bands are as follows:
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
The official line-up has been announced for the forthcoming Scion Rock Festival. The 2011 edition of the Scion Rock Fest will be headlined by death metal legends Morbid Angel and will feature 19 other bands. Scion Rock Fest 2011 is set to take place on March 5 in Pomona, California at the Fox Theater and the Glass House, with two other stages being built for the event by festival organizers. Six additional bands will be announced in the near future while you can find a list of the confirmed bands below:
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
Scion Rock Fest is presented by the automaker Scion, a division of the Toyota Motor Corporation.
The 2010 edition of the Napalm Over Warsaw festival will take place on March 20th in Warsaw, Poland. More details on the festival can be found here. The currently confirmed line-up is as follows:
Length of Time
Pain Runs Deep
Calm the Fire
Drip of Lies
Pulling Teeth is flying over to Iceland to play a couple shows in November, and have a couple special shows planned for Baltimore in January; one with Pulling Teeth playing as Thor's backing band, and then the next night a stacked show with Integrity, Ringworm, Starkweather and more.
Dom comments: "Anyone who knows me, knows of my bizarre obsession with 80’s Canadian metal god THOR. The god of thunder. He who bends pure steel on stage, blows up hot water bottles, wields the blade…and well you get the idea. Well hold on to your seats because the legend himself Jon Mikl Thor will be heading to Baltimore to celebrate my 33rd birthday and rock you senseless. He’s recruited Pulling Teeth as his backing band and we’ll be playing a set of all my favorite Thor classics. This is a once in lifetime event, one for the books and something you DON’T want to miss."
"And don't miss Pulling Teeth playing The Fest this weekend in Gainsville either!!!"
Here are the latest Pulling Teeth tour dates:
10/30: Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 09
11/12: Hafnarfjorour, Iceland @ Garnia Bokasafnia
11/13: Reyjavik, Iceland @ Sodoma
01/08: Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Club Pulling Teeth playing as Thor's backing band
01/09: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar w/ Integrity, Ringworm, Starkweather, Gehenna, Seraphim
I love Integrity so much. They're one of my favorite old school hardcore bands. The great thing about Integrity is, is they're still around. Formed in 1988, they've stood by through the various fads that have made the scene ridiculous. Now they're currently on Deathwish Inc. and they're still putting out great hardcore albums. This song is off their 1995 Victory Records LP, "Systems Overload," and it's a solid mid-90s hardcore video.
A389/Chainsaw Safety Records has posted a free 25 song sampler online, featuring current and upcoming tracks by: GEHENNA, PULLING TEETH, RAWRADARWAR, INTEGRITY, GRAY GHOST, ROT IN HELL, DEATHCYCLE, DEFEATIST, PALA, STEEL NATION, RINGWORM, DISNIHIL, SPLITTING HEADACHE, TRAPPED UNDER ICE, GUT INSTINCT, CELEBRITY MURDERS, DIE YOUNG, DIRTY MONEY, DAY OF MOURNING, IN COLD BLOOD, FRIGHTENER, THE HORROR, ROSES NEVER FADE, COBRA NOIR AND OAK.
Deathwish/Malfunction along with Six Feet Under Records have produced "MMIX," their most ambitious and ridiculous free digital sampler to date. "MMIX" features 19 songs (15 unreleased) and two behind the scenes videos from some of the most anticipated hardcore/punk/metal releases of the 2009. Many of these songs/videos have never heard/seen before by anyone, anywhere before.
Here is the complete tracklisting:
1. In The Shadow Of God - The Hope Conspiracy
2. Chambered - Narrows
3. Nightcrawlers - Lewd Acts
4. Last Wave - Coliseum
5. Breaking Out - Victims
6. Slipping Away - Reign Supreme
7. Flesh and Below - Trap Them
8. Lies - Nails
9. Coyotenia - Rot in Hell
10. Divide - Mother of Mercy
11. Spirals - Carpathian
12. Forever Is Destroyed - 108
13. Culture - Ressurection
14. Walter Miller Jr. - End of a Year
15. Do You Like To Slam Dance? - Doomriders
16. Bloodwolves - Pulling Teeth
17. Learn To Love The Lie - Integrity
18. Bitter Cold - Supermachiner
19. Heavy Blood (Empty Version) - J. Bannon
You can download the Deathwish Spring 2009 Sampler free from the following links:
Check out the back cover art for a special discount in the Deathwish Estore, valid through the month of March.
Integrity will be performing at the funfunfunfest in Austin, TX on November 8th along side a ton of great bands including: ALL, Young Widows, Municipal Waste, The Adolescents and more. You can get more information on the funfunfunfest at its website.
Integrity's long awaited new album, "The Blackest Curse," is coming soon on Deathwish Inc.
COLISEUM kicked-off their European tour alongside CONVERGE and INTEGRITY today in Wiesbaden, Germany. This month-long tour will cover ground throughout Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below.
COLISEUM is also confirmed to perform at this year's Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway on August 8th alongside GRINDERMAN, SONIC YOUTH, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, MOGWAI, NO AGE, HEALTH, and many more. For more information on the Oya Festival, please visit this website.
Canada's Exclaim Magazine recently caught up with COLISEUM in Toronto, ON during the band's headlining tour in May for an exclusive video interview. This interview and live footage from that evening's performance can be viewed now at this location.
COLISEUM has been touring almost non-stop since the release of their Relapse debut, "No Salvation," late last year. Audio samples taken from "No Salvation" can be heard now via the band's MySpace page.
Here are the latest COLISEUM tour dates: More...
It looks as if Integrity will finally release their "The Blackest Curse" album this year. Deathwish Inc. will put out the album on CD and LP as DWI74.
Several tracks have been recorded thus far, with roughly thirteen songs written. According to frontman Dwid, "The album is a concept album based on a book I have written and it follows that story-line premise."
The release will reportedly be accompanied by a DVD film, a still frame from which can be viewed here.
Converge frontman Jake Bannon, Integrity's Dwid, and artist Stephen Kasner have joined forces to form a new group called Irons. Described as "a collective effort to create apocalyptic, non-linear music from a primal fine art based mindset," Irons is currently writing and recording material for a Deathwish Inc. release, which will hit streets next year. Additional information can be found here.
Hatebreed have announced the addition of guitarist Frank "3 Gun" Novinec to their line-up. Novinec, a Cleveland native, has previously played with Terror, Ringworm, and Integrity. According to frontman Jamey Jasta, "We've decided to become a five piece again. Mainly because of the new album having a lot of parts that involve second guitar but also because me and Beattie started this band as a 5 piece and feel like it's an integral part of our sound and vision." Meanwhile, Hatebreed's Sean Martin had the following to say:
"Frank '3 Gun' Novinec has been an influential guitar player in the hardcore scene since the release of 'The Promise,' by Ringworm in 1993. His guitar playing/writing with Ringworm, as well as everything he did with Integrity helped to define the Cleveland sound. That sound had a direct impact on me as a guitar player, and as a fan, it got me through a lot of hard times and helped to define my playing today. I was lucky enough to meet 3 Gun while we were on tour with Motorhead, and playing a show in Cleveland. Since then, He's become one of my best friends, and it will be an honor to be sharing the stage with him."
After their recent United States tour, Cleveland's INTEGRITY have decided to go on hiatus again. Having recently returned with their amazing "To Die For," released by Deathwish Inc., the members of INTEGRITY have decided to go their separate ways, sighting internal conflict within the band as the reasoning behind the hiatus.
Here's an update from vocalist Michael Williams regarding the latest happenings of THE AGONY SCENE:
"THE AGONY SCENE will be taking a break for the rest of 2003 and regrets that they will not be able to participate in the MUSHROOMHEAD and INTEGRITY tours. With the announcement of guitarist Chris Emmons leaving the group, the band will be announcing a new replacement in the near future and will be on the road in early 2004. This has been a great year for THE AGONY SCENE and we appreciate everyone's intrest and support. We respect Chris' decision to move on and wish him the best. THE AGONY SCENE will be back - we're writing some great new material and look forward to hitting the road again."