Splatterthrashers Ghoul split skulls with chainsaws, kill a straight-edge kid with poison and piss blood on zombie graves in the new video by the The Best Kid on the Internet, Ezra Lux (a.k.a. Crud Wizard), and his dad, Aesop Dekker (Agalloch, ex-Ludicra).
Devil cello + Reign in Blood = Killick. I was recently reminded of this odd, yet supremely awesome tribute to Slayer’s punishing masterpiece. Killick’s tastes are diverse, but often extreme, so it didn’t take long for the instrument-creator and free-improviser to creatively praise and reinterpret one his favorite albums of all time. It’s masterful and still surprisingly heavy for a solo “H’arpeggione” record, a kind of guitar/cello hybrid as furious as Kerry and Jeff.
“America’s biggest metal party of the year” is just that — Maryland Deathfest is a four-day headbanger’s haven practically under a bridge in Baltimore, Md. And while it’s wonderful for us D.C.-area metalheads to have such a well-curated event so close, fans and bands from around the grim globe come to Charm City to rage. 2011’s line-up is redonkulus: Everything from long-running legends like Neurosis and Cathedral (last tour ever, BTW) and recently reunited bands like Coroner and Dropdead to up-and-comers Miasmal, Acid Witch and Hooded Menace.
The full playlist below is just a smattering of the amazing bands playing at MDF this coming Memorial Day weekend (May 26-29), and I’m counting on being turned onto a ton of great stuff by weekend’s end.
AURA NOIR “Schitzoid Paranoid,” Hades Rise [Peaceville] BLOOD FREAK “Scared Stiff,” Mindscraper [Willowtip] MIASMAL “Mesmerized,” Miasmal [Dark Descent] — EXHORDER “Unforgiven,” The Law [Roadrunner] CATHEDRAL “Melancholy Emperor,” Endtyme [Earache] GHOST “Con Clavi Con Dio,” Opus Eponymous [Rise Above] — NEUROSIS “The Doorway,” Times of Grace [Relapse] HOODED MENACE “Terror Castle,” Never Cross the Dead [Profound Lore] CORONER “Spiral Dream,” R.I.P. [Noise] — ACID WITCH “Stoned to the Grave,” Stoned [Hells Headbangers] CORROSION OF CONFORMITY “Drowning in a Daydream,” Wiseblood [Columbia] ORANGE GOBLIN “If It Ain’t Broke, Break It,” Orange Goblin [Rise Above] — DROPDEAD “A Nation Sleeps,” “Do You Choose Life?” “At the Cost of an Animal,” Discography [Flat Earth] NOISEAR “Fraudulent,” “Information Highway to Hell,” “Stress Pandemic,” Subvert the Dominant Paradigm [Relapse] NAILS “Conform,” “Scum Will Rise,” “Your God,” Unsilent Death [Southern Lord] — DEAD CONGREGATION “Source of Fire,” Graves of the Archangels [Nuclear War Now!] BASTARD NOISE “Manphibian,” The Red List split w/ Endless Blockade [20 Buck Spin] MAMMOTH GRINDER “Surveilled,” split w/ Hatred Surge [Cyclopean] — REPUGNANT “Premature Burial,” Epitome of Darkness [Soulseller] MARDUK “Wacht Am Rhein Drumbeats of Death,” Iron Dawn [Regain] HAIL OF BULLETS “Strategy of Attrition,” On Divine Winds [Metal Blade]
(Incidental music) CELER, Close Proximity and the Unhindered Care-all [SRA]