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My Experience at MDF 2018 – Part 2: Friday

After waking up pretty damn late Friday morning I headed down to a local food mart with Genoveive to get ingredients to make chicken fajitas. After our nice home made dinner and some time hanging, I headed down with Matt at around 6 p.m. to catch the first band I wanted to see.

Morta Skuld

The only album I’ve heard from these guys was their debut which I always liked but never found too amazing. I figured I’d catch them live anyway. They played a very fun and energetic set that made for a nice warm up.

Lord Gore

After catching up with two of my Chicago friends for a short while, I headed to Soundstage for the one goregrind band I saw at the fest.

Like goregrind bands that tend to be at the fest, these dudes had a set of people moshing in circles with balloons and glow sticks everywhere.

Misery Index 

After Lord Gore’s set I went back to Ram’s head and caught the last twenty minutes of Misery Index’s set. I had seen these guys twice before, so I wasn’t so upset about missing here. What I caught was really fun in usual Misery Index fashion and few things beat “Traitors” played live.

Blood Incantation

Next up were the main reason I returned to Ram’s Head. Blood Incantation are one of my favorite modern death metal bands, so I was hugely excited to see them playing a set that both crushed and mesmerized. Blood Incantation were without a doubt one of the top bands of Friday.

Integrity

After chilling with Nick and Cheyenne, I went back to Soundstage to catch a bit of one of the most legendary hardcore acts to every exist. While hardcore was never a genre I was huge on, Integrity was always a huge exception, and as expected, they killed.

God Dethroned

Next up at Ram’s Head were the band I wanted to see most. After hearing their new album I was even more stoked. The band sounded great both when playing tracks of the new one and when playing their classics. They were without a doubt the best band to played that night until…

Eyehategod

I headed back to Soundstage for the band i was most there to see.I had been a fan of these guys since I bought take as needed for pain from high school.The band had a wonderful set that was both doomy and energtic. Not a dull moment went by and  I was so happy to finally see these guys. I stayed for the whole set as I wasn’t too keen on seeing Suffocation without Frank Mullen (I had also seen the band in general several times). All and all it was a nice end to a fun night. After their set the 4 of us got back together and headed to the hotel.

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Roger Daltrey performs “Tommy” in Bethel Woods

Sometimes great things can happen when you have a random day off. When just looking at my Facebook feed, I saw an ad for Roger Daltry of The Who playing the classic album “Tommy” in full.

Having been a longtime fan of The Who and that album and having not been to Bethel Woods since I saw Heart with Jason Bonham in 2014, it made that fact that I was off from my night job the whole day and off from both the next day so much cooler. After work I went to my friend Isaac’s place aka the biggest Who fan I know to chill. Our friend Doug dropped by later and we left for the show. We got there around a half hour before the show started. The venue was packed. People young and old showed up to enjoy this 1960’s classic played in full. It started at 8p.m., with zero openers.

Without an introduction or talking between songs, Roger started playing the album in full and in order backed by a Hudson Valley orchestra. While it felt weird to hear him sing Pete Townsend’s parts, it was still fun to see these songs come to life as his voice did not age one bit and everyone was singing along to classics like “Cousin Kevin,” “Acid Queen” and “Pinball Wizard.”

After he finished the album, he talked for a little bit and played Who songs, “Who Are You” and “Baba O’Riley.” He ended the set with some boring song from his latest solo album which is when everyone left. Other than that bad conclusion, it was a fun show and I was glad we went.

 

 

My Experience at MDF 2018 Part 1:Thursday

Memorial Day weekend came around and like always, Maryland Deathfest hit the city of Baltimore.

I had to work the morning, but once my shift was over it was time to head down. Due to circumstances such as a delayed of my Greyhound bus, it took forever to get there and I didn’t arrive in Baltimore until around 10. Once there, I put my stuff in our hotel room and caught up with my friend Matt and two people who joined our hotel group from Richmond Virginia, Frankie and and Genevieve. We headed down to the venues and I went to Ram’s head to catch one of the two bands I saw that day.

Today is the Day

That band was noise rockers Today is the Day. They played a pretty long set and had a lot of energy. I caught up with my friends Nick and Cheyenne during this time. We all enjoyed the set including their great cover of Black Sabbath’s “Snowblind.” After their set, it was time for the oldest band on the whole fest to play.

Coven 

60’s occult rockers Coven came on stage with a nice getup. The bandmates all wore hoods and vocalist, Jinx Dawson came out of a coffin and wore a mask. Coven had a lot of energy for their ages. Jinx could still sing well, even if she did lose the ability to hit high notes. They played a great mix of songs including, “Black Sabbath,” “Portait,” “Wicked Woman,” “Dignitaries of Hell,” “Blood on the Snow” and “Black Swan.” Surprisingly, they would end up having one of the best performances of the whole fest. After the show I caught up with Matt and the two of us hung out with Chuck Sheerwood of Incantation. We waited for Frankie and Genevieve and head back to the hotel.

 

 

Ministry and Chelsea Wolfe at the Wellmont Theater

Record store day was a fun day, where Birdman and I attended Rock Fantasy, a record shop in Middletown, NY.  After some record hunting, we headed down to the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ for the day’s main event, a killer metal show featuring Ministry and Chelsea Wolf.

When we got to the venue, we caught up with our friend Jason and the first thing we noticed was it was one of the nicer venues we ever been to. After about an hour of hanging and checking out the theater, the show’s opener started up.

The God Bombs

Although not the worst I’ve seen, this was still pretty bad.

God Bomb played a mid 2000’s Hot Topic take on industrial mixed with rap and ended their set with a bizarre sounding cover of The Cure’s “Killing an Arab.”

Chelsea Wolfe

This dark songstress was my main reason for going. While she didn’t play a very long set, the queen Wolfe really stole the show. Her voice, good use of lights, and her atmospheric music gave this set a haunting performance without the use of silly props.

Ministry 

The last time I saw Ministry I was only half impressed. This was because I was glad to finally see them but unimpressed that they played such an awful set list although the few good selections sounded great live.

The set started out pretty bad with them spamming their new album AmeriKKKant’s songs with some gems from Rio Grande Blood here and there. Following this section, frontman Al Jourgensen finally said that it was “time for some old shit.”

This when their set started to really rule.

Ministry went on to play “N.W.O.” and “Just One Fix,” then the two greats from 1989’s The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, “So What” and “Theives” and ended with “Bad Blood (still no Stigmata…).” Because of this second half, I enjoyed them much more this time around.

After the show and failing to meet Chelsea Wolfe, we headed home after a cool show in a cool new venue.

Watain and Destroyer 666 at the Gramercy Theater

by Anthony Carioscia

This March was one hell of a month for shows.

With Septicflesh coming to Gramercy and finally getting to see Saxon when they hit the Chance Theater, but this line up of Watain and Destroyer 666 was my chance to finally see Destroyer after they dropped from Maryland Death Fest 2011 and 2016 (both of which are years I attended). I was also excited for Watain as I loved their new album Trident Wolf Eclipse, which more than made up for the last one. So like usual, I picked up my buddy Jay and we took the bus to New York City.

Destroyer 666

These blackened thrashers took no time to kick ass as they showed energy and presence. The setlist was great as well.  The only tracks I got to see were “Lone Wolf Winter,” “I Am the War God,” and a great cover of “Iron Fist” by Motorhead.  I wish I got to hear “Unchain the Wolves” and “Australian and Anti-Christ,” but I still really enjoyed their set.

Watain

When the band started their set with “The Devil’s Blood,” we knew it would rule.

Watain had a great setlist that night (although a little long). The band brought on amazing energy as we watched from the seats. They may not have had dead animals on stage this time around, but there was no denying the band was spot on.

After the show, which ended a little after 10 p.m., we headed out and plan on returning once the next awesome metal show happens.

 

Bonesaw Podcast – Episode 55: Bruce Corbitt

Chris sits down with the mighty Bruce Corbitt, who may or may not be Batman as they talk Rigor Mortis, Mike Scaccia, Corbitt’s uphill battles and much more – including the April 21 “Freaks” demo release that has Corbitt’s long-lost vocals from yesteryear!

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Slayer Announces Final Album

For the few that don’t know, Slayer’s upcoming 2018 tour will be their last and just in time for Easter the band revealed that they have one final album coming out this year titled Abominations of Finality.

This album will be a double album with disc 2 containing covers and remixes of old songs. The band says that the style will stay true to the Slayer sound fans know and love and will feature guest appearances by many famous artists. Expect many of these new tracks to be played during this final tour.

Disc 1

  1. 7 Princes of Hell
  2. God Sucks (featuring Glen Benton)
  3. April Blood Shows
  4. Daddy would you like Some Satan (featuring Tom Green)
  5. God is Lame and I Hate Him ( featuring Aeon)
  6. Religious Fools
  7. Lust for the Chosen Son (featuring Dagon)
  8. God is Still A Tool Even Though Tom Goes to Church and Believes in God
  9. Dark Evil Darkness ( featuring Glen Danzig and Hopsin)
  10. Hell’s Domain

Disc 2

  1. Criminally Insane (industrial remix featuring Trent Reznor and Mc Ryde)
  2. The Antichrist (bluegrass remix)
  3. Angel of Death (remix featuring Fred Durst, Snoop Dogg, and the Insane Clown Posse)
  4. My Pal Foot Foot (Shaggs cover)
  5. Strange Magic (ElO cover)
  6. Leave Virgina Alone (Rod Stewart cover)
  7. Natural Born Killaz (Ice Cube/Dre.cover)
  8. Gods Gonna Cut You Down (Johnny Cash cover)
  9. Killer Croc (Nuclear Hatred cover)
  10. Killed This Way (Metallica/Lady Gaga cover)

Septic Flesh, Dark Funeral and Thy Antichrist at Gramercy Theater

Septic Flesh is a band that rarely comes around, so when I heard they were coming I had to take the chance to see them.

I went with my friend/co-worker Jay who isn’t really a fan of the band but wanted to come to see Dark Funeral. We did the usual (took the bus in Middletown, got pizza at Two Bros, stopped at the Blue Ruin where Jay bought cheap drinks and blasted metal classics). We left when someone played awful music on the jukebox (U2 and Sublime at a metal bar, really?) and headed to the venue.

At the venue I ran into several friends of mine including some dude that runs a website called The Bonesaw I’m sure you never heard of. At around 7:45 the first band, Thy Antichrist came on.

Thy Antichrist 

 

I had never heard these guys but have always heard their name. They had a sound very similar to Mayhem and made for a fun opening act.

Dark Funeral 

 

 

 

Dark Funeral, the band Jay was there for was up next. The band did not take anytime to show off their intense live energy. Their set was full of extremity and the pit went wild.

Septic Flesh

 

 

At around 10 p.m. it was time for the nights headliner. While I was kinda disappointed by the lack of old songs such as “Little Music Box “or “Marble Smiling face,” Septic Flesh still ruled live and brought both epicness and heavyness to the table. The sound was perfect for the band, something common for this venue. After seeing most of their set we headed out due to wanting to catch a decent bus as well as Jay not liking the band and being drunk out of his mind. We headed back to the land of Middletown but shall return to the Gramercy on the 31st.

 

Top Shows of 2017 Part 4

Picking up where part 3 left off, Birdman, Jason, and myself keep rambling about our favorite shows of 2017 with the second-heaviest shows we saw all year!

Birdman – #2: Iron Maiden and Ghost at the Prudential Center

 

Birdman: Second for me was Iron Maiden and Ghost In Newark.

Jason: Dude, you stole my two!

Anthony: That was my number one.

Jason: I caught ’em at night one at Barclays. Your thoughts on Ghost?

Birdman: Ghost sounded really good in that stadium. Especially with an opener like Square Hammer.

Anthony: Ghost put on a great opening set even if Papa looked like a Tim Burton reject this time around.

Jason: They were okay. I at least heard a wrestling theme live for the first time. Square Hammer was done for one of the NXT Takeover events.

Birdman: That’s basically every ghost show, right? Papa Emeritus and then the other guy as a singer.

Anthony: It’s crazy how ‘Maiden still sound so spot-on live.

Jason: This was also a first time for something show. First time I caught ‘Maiden.

Birdman: Yeah. So you know how the trooper is an overplayed song? It Sounded so fresh live.

Anthony: My second time. And still blown away.

Jason: Definitely.

Anthony: “The Trooper” and “Number of the Beast” kind of need to be played.

Jason: Those two are definite staples.

Birdman: Didn’t like how most of the set was from Book of Souls. But I got to hear “Children of the Damned.”

Jason: “Fear of the Dark” I was happy with. It was the only ‘Maiden song I moshed to, which happens to be my all-time fave.

Anthony: Another stellar track. I liked Book of Souls, actually.

Jason: Yeah, I still like that album.

Birdman: And of course, I filmed my favorite metal song “Number of the Beast” being played live.

Anthony: Glad to hear “Blood Brothers” love too.

Jason: “Blood Brothers” was epic live at Barclays.

Anthony: I hope I get to hear “Flash of the Blade” live one day.

Jason: “Rainmaker” for me. Especially given I’m a Kazuchika Okada fan (Japanese rasslin’ related).

Birdman: Hopefully one day I’ll hear more Paul Dianno era songs sung by Bruce.

Jason: But overall the setlist was a good mix between the classics and newer stuff. War epics, namely “Paschendale” and “Longest Day” need to be played one day.

Anthony: So It’s time for my number two, and I have the cliche of including this every time, but whatever.

Anthony: #2 – Maryland Death Fest (Saturday)

 

 

Jason: Two words: Insect Warfare

Birdman: Oh, people would not shut up about that set.

Jason: That was my number one. That set was fucking violent.

Birdman: So were they the most violent band you’ve ever seen?

Jason: Not exactly. At the fest, yes, plus they sounded so good live. That day had a lot of treats in general, though.

Jason: It featured a pretty strong back to back with ANB (Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and IW.

Anthony – I skipped ANB for Root, who were just magic at that fest.

Jason: Thanks to return to the pit, I was pretty well documented for ANB.

Anthony: Let’s not forget Grave and Exhumed’s sets. Uada did great too

Jason: Exhumed were great.

Birdman: This fest is becoming a world phenomenon now. Did you hear Quebec Death Fest will debut next year?

Jason: Yeah I heard

Anthony: What also made the day so good happened before the bands. We ate at this place called “Dick’s Last Resort.”

Jason: Oh yeah, I heard of that place.

Birdman: Does it feature ice cream and hookers?

Anthony: It has great crab cakes and the employees insult you as they serve you and act trashy and obnoxious. It was hilarious.

Jason: LOL.

Anthony: We said we were there for the fest so he kept making jokes like “should I say it in tongues?”

Jason: LMAO!

Anthony: I’d say the best non-Saturday shows though we’re Gost, Sargiest and Autopsy.

Jason: Gost were great. They got me into synthwave for the latter half of 2017. Chepang and Organ Dealer who played on Friday were pretty violent.

Anthony: Best was seeing people moshing and awkwardly dancing.

Jason: Can’t handle the synth?

Birdman: Do Autopsy have a mostly old-school set? They have so much output since reuniting.

Anthony: Yes. They played a bit of everything, though. It’s always cool to see a drummer sing too.

Jason: They played a lot of stuff after the first two albums, I believe.

Anthony: As for Sunday, Terrorizer were great. They played all of World Downfall and it was intense.

Jason – PLF was some fun violence. Wish there was more of that in Iron Lung.

Top Metal Shows of 2017 (Part 3)

Continuing on from part 2, Birdman, Jason, and myself continue to tell you, the loyal reader the most metal shows of 2017 with our top 3’s!

Birdman: # 3 – In Flames and Kataklysm at the Chance

Jason : Two bands that take me back to high school.

Birdman: There were a few days where In Flames detached from their tour with Alter Bridge to play with Kataklysm

Anthony : Skipped that one cause I was sure In Flames setlist wouldn’t be too old-school. Plus I think it was the same day as Amon Amarth. Alter Bridge and in Flames? Wierd bill

Jason: And how are Kataklysm live?

Birdman: Kataklysm was pretty solid, a lot of new songs.

Jason: Interesting.

Birdman: Yeah the only old songs In Flames played were “Moonshield” and “The Jester’s Dance.”

Jason : Wish they did more tracks from Colony. That was a great album.
Anthony : Agreed.

Birdman: During me filming that Anders took my phone and got a close up of Niklas and Jesper. Then we had an interesting back and forth in front of the whole theater over my Morbid Angel shirt.

Anthony : That’s pretty cool of him considering I hear he’s a dick…

Jason : Gives thumbs up!

Birdman : Well I guess he’s experienced a spiritual awakening or at least a modicum of shame since yesteryears. I caught guitar picks from Jesper and Niklas at the end.

Anthony Carioscia: #3 – Slayer Lamb of God and Behemoth at Madison Square Garden

Jason : I was there too.

Anthony : Yep, I remember.

Birdman : I know Behemoth’s changed since last we saw them

Anthony : It was my first time seeing them. Was mostly there for them because of that.

Jason: First time seeing Behemoth believe it or not and LOG was the best pit IMO. I also remember Randy giving a shoutout to NYHC.

Birdman: And Slayer. It didn’t feel empty without Jeff and Dave?

Anthony: Yeah, but their pit was intense. Slayer finally played the Antichrist; something they skipped the last 2 times. They still have energy.

Jason: Could have been better but t was also my first time seeing Slayer.

Anthony – I’m still glad Birdman and I saw them with Dave and Jeff. This was my third. The second time they played four songs off of South of Heaven.

Jason – Now I’m jelly. Now my 3rd is…

Jason :#3 – Rammstein and 3Teeth at Jones Beach

Jason: Capped off 8+ years waiting to see those guys.

Anthony: Rammstein’s a band I need to see before I die. Or they split.

Birdman: Not much time left. The next album may be their last.

Jason:  3Teeth were a decent industrial opener. I checked out their studio material, Pretty heavy stuff and helps that I’m getting more into synth stuff. Synth wave has taken a good amount of my music exploring lately.

Anthony: He said he was going to retire by a certain age. Hopefully they do a full US tour.

Jason: Rammstein as I expected from secondhand reports put on a great show. I wish it was at a better venue than the Jones Beach Theater but didn’t take much away from the show.

Anthony: My friend Jay hates Jones beach with a passion.

Birdman: What shows did you go to at Jones Beach besides Maiden Tony?

Anthony: None, sadly. Almost saw Rush there but that didn’t happen.

Jason: The setlist was solid and had my favorites including”Du Riechst So Gut (all-time favorite song),” “Ich Tu Dir Weh.” Decent amount of pyro, especially during “Du Hast.” I’m sad “Mein Teil” wasn’t played (the theatrics would have been awesome). At least “Ich Will” and “Engel (the encore)” were on the setlist. I’m happy I finally saw those guys.  And oh! “Stripped” by Depeche Mode was covered and “Sonne” near the end. The latter track is just epic.