Ever walked into a nearly pitch-black room after roasting on sun-beaten asphalt, only to sweat it out with a host of the moshing unwashed? No? But what if candles were involved — would that make it classier? Granted, there's an antelope skull mounted on the candelabra, and there's some skin-crawling metallic noise gurgling from the backs-turned band members onstage. Maybe that's just a Thursday night for Dragged Into Sunlight. But it was also last year's setup for the experimental U.K. doom-metal band's nightmarish afternoon set at Maryland Deathfest, which you can watch here from Maryland Deathfest: The Movie III.
Dragged Into Sunlight was one of last year's more extreme, multi-sensory experiences at the annual metal festival — a set well-suited to director David Hall's densely saturated style, like something out of a lost horror-film reel. Maryland Deathfest: The Movie III, the last in a trilogy, also includes performances by YOB, Saint Vitus, The Devil's Blood, Today Is the Day, Rwake, Ghoul, Absu, Brujeria, Electric Wizard, Godflesh, Napalm Death and many more.
Maryland Deathfest returns May 23-26 for its 11th year, and will be a little different this time around. The ever-expanding and ridiculously diverse metal festival is still on the same block in Baltimore, but most shows will take place under the overpass while the former Sonar compound hosts vendors and booze. There will also be a hardcore-focused bill at the Baltimore Soundstage just a few blocks away. The 2013 lineup includes Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Pig Destroyer, Converge, Down, The Obsessed, Ihsahn, Infest, Manilla Road, Midnight, Sleep, Melvins, Sacred Reich and all of the other unreadable band names on the poster here.
A limited-edition version of the Maryland Deathfest: The Movie III DVD and Blu-Ray comes out May 24 on Handshake, Inc. It includes an instant download of the live soundtrack.