The Maryland Doom Fest (22-24 June 2018, Frederick MD)

 

The Maryland Doom Fest 2018

Friday 22 June through Sunday 24 June 2018

at Cafe 611, 611 N Market St, Frederick MD 21701

3 day weekend pass $79 (tickets here)

Friday $35 (tickets)

Saturday $35 (tickets)

Sunday $30 (tickets)

 
Starting ONE WEEK from today, the annual “weekend of doom in its purest form” will be taking place once again in the middle of Maryland. Check out the list of bands below, then click on those ticket links above!

For more details, visit the official website or this year’s Facebook event page.
 

 
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The Maryland Doom Fest (June 2017, Frederick MD)

The Maryland Doom Fest

Thursday 22 June through Sunday 25 June 2017

at Cafe 611, 611 N Market St, Frederick MD 21701

 

All Ages | 3 day weekend pass $69 | Friday or Saturday single ticket $35

Sunday single ticket $20 | Thursday Pre Fest Party $30 ($10 with weekend pass)

“A 4 day weekend of doom metal in its purest form.”

 
THIS WEEKEND, starting with a pre-fest party Thursday night, will see the return of DOOM to central Maryland — featuring quite a few bands we’ve written about in the past (Pilgrim, Brimstone Coven, Black Tar Prophet, The Atomic Bitchwax, Lifetime Shitlist, Borracho, Apostle of Solitude, and Hollow Leg) along with a few others we’re big fans of (including Cavern and Pittsburgh’s own Horehound), plus TONS more!

More details: http://www.themarylanddoomfest.com
http://www.facebook.com/events/1794418777500202/
Tickets: https://www.themarylanddoomfest.com/tickets

 
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Out Now: Strong Intention – Razorblade Express

 

Strong IntentionRazorblade Express (02 July 2012, Patac Records)

 
Maybe it’s because of when I was born (after Star Wars but before The Empire Strikes Back) — I just barely missed out on the original genesis of both the punk and heavy metal movements; I was too young to get much exposure to either genre until the late 80s, and when I did start listening to some of the stuff in my pre-teen years and beyond, I didn’t really have any sense of the history behind either scene or the animosity that existed between them…

I don’t know what the explanation is, exactly, but I do know I’ve always had one foot on each side of the line, not really caring about definitions or labels or exactly what separates “punk” from “metal” — and in fact, I tend to gravitate towards stuff that has a little of both flavors (and attitudes) mixed in. I’ve never understood the mindset of people who seem to think they have to pick a side, and refuse to acknowledge anything that the other team has done. To me, if it sounds good, it sounds good — it doesn’t matter what you call it.

That’s why I don’t really get the attitude of the folks who maintain the Encyclopædia Metallum, who (from what I’ve heard) are very particular about genre classifications, and extremely selective about which bands they approve for inclusion in their archives. Almost entirely absent from that compendium of musical knowledge: anyone who would be considered more closely associated with the realms of hardcore or punk (including grindcore or crust) than what they consider “real” metal. Where exactly the line is drawn, though, isn’t always completely clear. For example, it seems Napalm Death qualified as exceptions to the rule, as did Motörhead, yet the Misfits seem to have been overlooked — despite being no less influential in the metal world than either of the others.

Anyway, I could go on rambling about this for the rest of the day (and I’d be glad to hear YOUR thoughts on the subject — just visit the comments section below, or hit the VoS Facebook page, whatever works for you), but I really came here just to share some new music with you. That would be the new EP by Strong Intention, Razorback Express — now available on 7″ vinyl through Patac Records!

 
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