Maryland Deathfest

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Skeptics might view it as an excuse to go all Cro-Magnon every Memorial Day weekend, but for those in the know, Maryland Deathfest is one of the world's elite connoisseur-geared nerd-outs. Less a music festival than a tribal gathering, MDF is an alternate universe where a little known early-’90s-era Scandinavian death-metal band can turn up and receive a hero's welcome, where parents can treat their kids to black-metal face-painting and where aboveground stars such as Down/Pantera frontman Philip Anselmo can go to remind themselves of what the underground really looks, sounds and, yes, smells like. Standouts of the 2014 lineup include Celtic Frost spin-off Triptykon, Pacific Northwest vanguardists Agalloch, U.K. gloom-wallowers My Dying Bride and grody Dutch primitive-death-metal die-hards Asphyx.

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