As I hit the “Publish” button on this post, it’s a little less than three weeks since Maryland Deathfest wrapped up its 15th edition down in Baltimore. I’d like to tell you that the delay’s been down to me “just processing it all” or “trying to find the right words” or some shit, but let’s be real, I’ve just been busy with other things. However, the timing of my posts should not be construed as a lack of enthusiasm for this year’s fest. In fact, I’ve been quite jazzed about my experience in the time since it all wrapped up. But more on that later; for now, let’s jump into the final recap and see how Sunday closed things out… Continue reading
Some people—demons, Satan, Naas Alcameth, etc.—just don’t need to sleep. As if being a founding member and multi-instrumentalist in seminal American black metal band Nightbringer wasn’t enough—to say nothing of his work in the trio Bestia Arcana—Alcameth decided to form yet another band, called Akhlys. The name derives from Achlys—the “eternal night” in Greek mythology—which falls over the eyes just before death, and personifies in goddess form both misery and sadness. By his own admission, Alcameth has some truly horrifying dreams, and founded Akhlys as an outlet for those nightmares—an act to “serve as a voice for the muse that arises from the dark lands between death and dreams.” And on the debut LP, The Dreaming I—from the ambient opening to the full sound of his vomitous black metal—he has absolutely achieved that goal.