Well then, we have reached the first day of Maryland DeathFest. And lucky for us, that happens to fall on a Thursday! So without further delay, let’s use our throwbacks for this week on a trip back to MDF 2013. Shall we begin?
Personally, I need to cut to the chase and dedicate this throwback to Vinterland. This is a band that I knew very little about going into MDF 2013. All I really knew was that they were awesome. I didn’t know how so or on what level. And let’s be real, they needed to compete with the likes of Carcass, Ihsahn, and Evoken last year. A tall order. But they delivered. Check this shit out:
I apologize if the sound quality isn’t ideal. But frankly, it doesn’t need to be to understand that is some of the better black metal you’ll hear. For those interested, this track came off the album Welcome To My Last Chapter back in 1996. As far as I’m aware, since that release they were pretty much in hiding until this performance (Evidence? Try buying the album somewhere. I dare you). Color me lucky. Because I knew so little about these guys going into MDF last year, their set was all the more appreciated. I’ll spare you from a lesson in history or why I find this band so great. Frankly, the latter should be blatantly obvious. Vinterland. Black Metal. MDF 2013. All the good stuff. Happy TBT, people.
I’m going to take us back to easily the most ridiculous band we saw at last year’s DeathFest–Chicago black/death metal band Kommandant. If you know black metal, you’ll know that it is, by nature, a subgenre that feeds on ridiculousness. Corpse paint, mock-animal sacrifice and other stage show antics, etc. Kommandant’s set at MDF last year took this bizarre showmanship to another level, albeit a completely confusing one. Check it out:
As the person who posted the video points out, it’s a 13-minute video, yet the band doesn’t really start playing until after around four minutes of COMPLETELY over-dramatized introduction. From there, vocalist Marcus Matthew Kolar launches into a groaning, howling rant on some sort of political, militaristic ideology that they never properly articulate. Suffice it to say, the guys in Kommandant take themselves pretty seriously…you can see it both here and in any one of their other interviews. If I’m being honest, the guys weren’t half bad, musically! But their masks just made me think of them as a more extreme version of Mushroomhead, so in the end, I could really only laugh at the set. Fond memories from MDF ’13.
Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.