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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Day 4 More like 9 days

So I'm writing about the fourth day of MDF even  though I've been in Chicago for more than a week. Day 4 was the day of disappointment. Woke up early to everyone's surprise since I went to bed early to see Tinner only to find out once I was at the venue that they dropped and no one notified anybody. There was no update nothing. I could have seen other bands not that it mattered in the end. 

Then I saw Midnight and the pits did not have the same energy as they did the last three  days. Everyone is tired. I felt jipped with Midnight. I know of their fast thrashy stuff and instead they play slow or midpace. I felt thrash blueballed. What is this?! Might as well have seen Sleep I would have been just as bored as I was at Midnight. Even worse I somehow lost my wrist band and had to go back to hotel to get my MDF ticket in order to get a new wrist band missing all the band up to Magrudergrind and Venom. 

So we walked back to the hotel pissed off and annoyed. I took this as a sign from the Gods to take care of ourselves and to get a proper dinner so we went back to that awesome Japanese place. Then we went back to the hotel grabbed the ticket and left. 

We made it to the Sound Stage only to be told that they ran out of 4 day pass bands and that I would have to go back to the Sonar to get one. On top of that my friend Derek stopped us to ask us why we weren't at Sacred Reich. Ironically I wasn't thrilled to see Sacred Reich because any time I have seen them their lead singer has been a little whinny bitch. Wah, there are people on stage. Wah, I hate moshers. Wah, I hate death metal  (This is a post he made on the band's facebook. Saying Death metal was not real music. Even though he said he was joking. What he said was really pompous and douchey.)  At Reggies he actually stopped the show because people were on stage and were moshing. What kind of person who is the front man of a thrash band complains about this?  Then I find out from Derek that  Sacred Reich had the biggest pit at MDF and that we missed a great show. Well fuck! The one time he wasn't a baby back bitch and Ryan and I missed it. Only to find out later that day that there was a ticket in his backpack which was in Justin's car. Oh well. 

I went back to the Sonar and I showed them my ticket and I got a new pass and ran back to see Magrudergrind. It was the best run of my life. I even bought some lemon vodka with lemonade to celebrate. It was delicious. Magrudergrind was a treat. They were fucking crazy. But I noticed that the vocalist's is loosing his voice. It's not as strong as it used to be. Still they killed it. Ryan got stage dived several times and actually got caught unlike Rotten Sound where everyone just let him take the swan dive into the wooden floor. 

Walked back to see Venom and the place was already packed. I went in the middle and even though I wasn't as close as I liked it I enjoyed the performance. What I didn't enjoy was the fact that Venom was cut off like every other band and being bitten alive by mosquitoes who were snacking on my ass. That day was the wrong day to wear a skirt. 

Trying to get out of the Sonar was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. The idiots who worked the gate thought it was a brilliant idea to let people out individually instead of opening the gate so the flood of angry metalheads who didn't get all the Venom they needed could leave. I'm grateful I was able to escape the horde. I heard a riot broke out which is why we saw cops come into the sonar. But that's not what happened. Apparently some asshole security guard lost his shit and decided that joking someone and throwing them on the ground was a good idea and people obviously became enraged by this. In addition the dumbass threatened a metalhead cop who was attending MDF as a fan and who videotaped the whole thing as proof for later. The dumb ass security guard threatened the guy and that is how the cops were called the poor guy who was thrown was able to press charges on that fucking idiot. 

Trying to find the video but no dice. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Day 3: I regret nothing.

Keeping it short because I'm tired. Also for the first time in a year I`m actually drunk.  And I wanna see Tinner at 2pm! Woke up late. Broken Hope was great but the people starting the pits were awful. I almost feel like moshing lessons should be given out to people. I was rather disappointed in the turn out. Then I got some food and more merch. Saw Ihsan. They were interesting. I liked them actually for a doomy progressive black metal band. Then I saw Vinterland. They remind me of Dissection and Enslaved. Sadly the people fucked with their sound and it sucked major booty cock. Finally saw Infest.  Drank for their whole set. They are amazing!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Round 2: With Pain Comes Glory

Let me begin with this blog that I regret absolutely nothing about what I did today. Nothing. Everything was worth it even if my body will hate me when I wake up. The lineup for the show today is as follows.

Benediction - 6:15 - 7:05
Stage 1 
Benediction - 6:15 - 7:05
Repulsion - 8:00 - 8:45
Carcass - 9:50 - 11:00 

Stage 2

Convulse - 5:05 - 5:50
Pig Destroyer - 7:10 - 7:55
Righteous Pigs - 8:50 - 9:40

Stage 3 ("Inside")

Ambassador Gun - 3:50 - 4:15
Ahumado Granujo - 4:30 - 5:05
Ingrowing - 5:40 - 6:15
Evoken - 7:10 - 8:00
Pelican - 11:00 - 12:00

Baltimore Sound Stage 

Old Lines - 3:30 - 3:55
Heartless - 4:10 - 4:40
Full of Hell - 5:00 - 5:30
Sete Star Sept - 6:40 - 7:00
Hellshock - 7:15 - 8:00
Ringworm - 9:00 - 9:30
Rotten Sound - 11:25 - 12:15
Tragedy - 12:30 - 1:30

Sadly, I missed Convulse waiting inside the Sonar to buy some shirt for a fucking hour from this French dude only to find out that he didn't have any smalls and that he only carried a European Large. Normally I love European shirts because they're made of the softest material imaginable. My Cerebral Bore shirt is so soft I pet it all the time and people give me weird looks. hahaha. It's like the furry walls in Take Him to the Greek. But, this was just ridiculous. The guy didn't even have a sign that showed the sizes or how much the shirt was. I soo ready to blow all my money on a rare Dissection hoodie for it to be a dress on me. A sign or I don't know answering my bloody question would have been nice so I didn't waste all my time. I only found this out because another girl behind me wanted a Grave shirt and the guy told her none of the Death metal shirts were in small. We both protested and he said not many girls like death metal. You two are the only ones so I don't have any. I almost thought he was bluffing. You cannot tell me that in Europe out of all places there aren't women who like death metal. I call bullshit sir. Bull fucking shit!! Since I was up there already I got a Bloodbath shirt and yes it is large, but it was oh so worth it and a Demolition Hammer shirt for Ryan. 

Saw a song from Benediction and realized how hungry I really was. Since I'm seeing Bolt Thrower when they come to Chicago with Benediction I figured that find food was a better option. The best part of having them play in Stage 1 is that it's outside and I can still hear every song clearly and not be cranky. When I'm hungry and I don't get fed I'm a very bitchy person to be around with. Hell you might as well just kill yourself because that is just how much fun I am to be around. 

The food vendors were located in between the first an 3rd stage and near the merch being sold. This part reminded me of any town festival like Lislefest or Taste of Chicago. The Thai place has delicious kabobs and the place next to it had great gyros and a corn dog. I know I know. I gave in to the junk food bad me but to make up for it I ate a yogurt before I wrote this and I was in the pits all day.  The corndog and kakob were my lunch.  I also had dogfish beer. It is soo yummy. It went great with my gyro. This is my favorite part of MDF the fact that I can pig out on great food and beer and listen to great music at the same time. What other times can you have a gyro and sit on the curb while being a fat ass for dinner while watching and listening to Righteous Pigs? No where else. Also while getting my kabob the police officers who were standing right next to us decided to start talking to us. They asked us if we were from here and we said no we're from Chicago and we just talked to them for a good 30 minutes. Ryan and I were still confused. They were the nicest cops I have ever spoken too in my life. This also would have never happened in Chicago. 

As for merch let's just say that you live and learn and you spend all your money. All the merch tents has great finds. I finally got a Dismembered shirt. It will be my baby and I will treasure it always. Funny thing is when I first was looking for Ryan's birthday present I came across an Indecent and Obscene on a website that had that this shirt and they're from Ohio but because I didn't want to pay for shipping and I didn't know if it was legit I didn't buy it yet and behold they had a merch booth set up and it was hanging calling my name. No one bought it because it was a small. You bet I bought it before anybody else could take it. I went to the Relapse booth and got an old Amorphis shirt and a Devourment thong. Last thing we bought was a Insect Warfare bag to put all our stuff in. I can't be any happier with my purchases. I'm trying to not spend all my money here. I saw a Hypocrisy shirt and Repulsion shirt I wanted but is not necessary to own. 

Afterwards I went with Ryan to see Pig Destroyer and while I don't really care for them they were interesting to watch live. People go crazy for them. I got great footage on my phone of the circle pits. In retrospect it was probably a good thing that I left my tiny camera at Tammy's apartment since I would have probably lost it. I almost lost/killed my phone in the pit for Repulsion. 

Then we walked ourselves over to to Repulsion. I cannot thank them enough for putting the first stage outside. We would have died from the heat once again if we were beaner packed into one location. Today was my first time see Repulsion and they are incredible. They have such a great stage performance and they just blew me away. 

There was an hour to kill until Carcass went on and this is where I was a fatty as I explained above and pigged out on gyros while listening to Righteous Pigs. Then we snaked our way through Carcass. I love how people were all trying to get to the front and push. It's hilarious really because once the show starts people are going to be moshing, crowd surfacing and falling on top of them. I just drank my beer and waited until the people who pussied out left and cleared the room for those who wanted to stay. Got into the pit in no time at all. I've seen Carcass before and the last time they put on a great show and this time was no different except for the fact that it was even better than when they played here in 2008. I seriously can die happy. I think I came buckets.They played most of my favorite songs. I wish they played more off Symphonies of Sickness but honestly I can't complain. It was the best set I have seen them do to be honest. The sound was impeccable. Basically Carcass makes me want to fuck people up. I was in the pit the whole entire set how I did it I have no fucking idea. It got really violent and mega-crowded  I fell at least once and I know I'm going to have bruises all over my body but it was worth it. I'd do it again and again and never stop. From what Ryan told me apparently I was kicking ass in the pit or I am a leader of some sort because as soon as I started doing that 5 other girls decided that they were going to join me. Apparently female metalheads need some moral boosting before they actually go into the pit. My body is aching but I regret nothing. 

Ryan and I left during that last song because we had to run to the third stage to see Rotten Sound for the second time this month and my third time in total. The third stage is actually the Soundstage and it's by what I call "Whore Alley" also known as where all the strip clubs and the scummiest nastiest people are. The Soundstage is a regular venue and it's really spacious. I guess what I disliked the worst is the fact that we had to go through Whore Alley to get there. Now I'm used to scummy sketchy places but this was the complete opposite of my whole entire visit. As Ryan and I were walking some dumb cunt was yelling at us about how we should get our cracker bitch asses out of her city.  I guess that's my karma for yelling at that poor guy. But still that was beyond rude. First of all lady you don't own Baltimore. Second of all, I'm Mexican. Third fuck off. I'm not here to see your ugly ass. I'm here to see Rotten Sound. So yes if this really all that people have seen of Baltimore then yes it does suck. What makes it not suck is the business part of it. The side that resembles downtown Naperville and has great restaurants and places to shop in. Go there. Don't go to downtown. 

Then all the guys had to be patted down and we had to be given wrist band again because the first ones from the main show didn't count. Rotten Sound played the same set as they did in Chicago but it was just as good if not better because there were actually people starting pits. I didn't go in though because I was still exhausted from Carcass. I don't think yesterday could have been any better than Carcass followed by Rotten Sound. My ears were in music heaven. Both Rotten Sound and Carcass just make me want to destroy things and just have fun. I just headbanged like crazy and watched Ryan fly through the circle pit. Afterwards we talked to one of the guys from Weekend Nachos, Frank from Municipal Waste and earlier that day Ryan saw Jason from Origin and we talked to him too for a bit. Then Keijo from Rotten Sound came out and Ryan and I spoke to him for a bit as well. He is the humblest person ever. He is also really shy but that's just a Finnish trait. Give them alcohol and they'll never shut up. (ahem Ryan ahem) Ryan got a picture with him and then we went to hang out with Tammy until 4am and here I am at almost 7am writing about these adventures. Luckily none of the bands I want to see play until 5pm. 

Overall, the music was amazing, the food was amazing and best of all of I got to meet new people and make new friends. We have been brought together by metal. 

Pictures and videos are on facebook when I have the time I'll post some on here. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Round 2.

It's almost noon and I just woke up. I feel amazing for a person who felt sore as shit and has blisters all over her feet yesterday. I have bruises all over my ribs and I wore a corset underneath. This corset has been my best friend at all the grind and death metal shows. So that must be a sign at how huge and rough the pit for Bolt Thrower was. Chris was awesome and woke up early to get breakfast and even got us some. Thanks for being an awesome friend!! Now I'm going to soak in the bath for an hour, get some grub and get ready for round 2.

Round 1: Sore but content.

Once again Chris and Ryan are already a sleep and I am the only one who is awake. I am sitting in this chair hurting and wishing Ryan and I bought some Arnica jelly to numb out the soreness. Oh, well. At least now I know for next year. 

I'm really tired and sore. Did I mention sore?  Yes sore. So I will keep this brief. Today was everything I thought it would be and more. Started off the day by waking up at noon and getting dressed. We walked to the Business Side of Baltimore.  Which I have learned from these past days is the nice side of Baltimore. All the restaraunts don't open until 5pm for some odd reason in that section, but there was one open that caught my interest because it looked like a building found in England. Sure enough it was a burger pub. It is called the Abbey pub and it's like Kumas but only you can create your own kind of burger. They had every meat imaginable, venison, ostrich, buffalo, angus, etc. My burger was really big that I cut it into small pieces and best part was that I had some left over. 

We ran some errands and then drove to the south west side of Baltimore in search of a Chase Bank but instead we found the area that looked exactly like Humbolt or Garfield Park. Honestly, I don't see how that section is scary or threatening. Basically don't act stupid and don't draw attention to yourself and you will be fine. Freak out about how "ghetto" an area is and of course you will get jumped because you are acting like a spoiled kid who has never seen the city or poverty. Both are rather sad. In sum, don't become a target. 

Ryan, Chris and I got ready for the trek to MDF and then we left. And what exactly happened. It is was like coming home. It was like being surrounded by a bunch of strangers who looked less like strangers and more like people I have been hanging out with all my life. Finally, I was at the Mecca of metal in the U.S. This was truly happening. MDF is located under a bridge in downtown Baltimore. We went inside the Sonar and bought some merch. I obviously got a Bolt Thrower shirt and a MDF tour shirt with all the bands on the back. I'm really excited to see the rest of the vendors. Here's hoping they have two Dismember shirts. One for me and one for Ryan. The Sonar is a decent size venue. Last year the show was inside the Sonar but this year the merch was inside and the bands were playing outside in a tiny tent. 

Then all our friends found us. It's really funny how I left Chicago and Chicago came back to me. About 90% of the Chicago metalheads who are also my friends are also here, with me enjoying this festival. 

The new Sonar is just a huge white tent and with a stage in it and that's it. The space was so reduced and small that everyone was packed like sardines. It was worse than when I saw Wintersun. People were on top of more people and it was just as hot as a sauna. Here's hoping I lost 5 pounds. I kid. 

What can be said about Bolt Thrower that hasn't already been said unless you experience it. Bolt Thrower is non-stop brutally. The bass drum was soo loud it hurt my gut just by feeling the vibrations. The sound was fantastic. Bolt Thrower sounds exactly as they do on the albums. If you haven't seen them live do it. It's a must have. 

The beginning of the show was not what I expected. I expected huge circle pits and instead I got a bunch of pussies rushing the stage instead of moshing.  Then those same people decided that pushing people to the side was a good idea. Not. And all these people ended up falling and pulling down the sides of the tent.  So I took some photos and said fuck this. Trying to get to the middle was like trying to swim against a current. I went to the middle where the pit was and I just stayed there. I was in the pit for all of Bolt Thrower and let's just say I feel like a bad ass because I survived with all my piercings intact still in my body. I had no bruises and best part of all I got a work out. Although I wonder if the people at MDF need to eat their veggies more because I was destroying people in the pit. I'm only 5'1" and yet I was sending giants flying across the room. And when I mean giants I mean people who were taller than Ryan and he's a foot and one inch taller than me. These people were towering over Ryan. I'm a halfling or a hobbit compared to these people. As each song progressed the pits got crazier and crazier. They played all my favorite songs so I'm happy as a clam. I mean crab since that is what Maryland is known for. Although those jerks blue -balled us by playing the intro of "When Cannons Fade" and then they didn't play the rest of it. Ugh. 

To picture how hot it was after Bolt Thrower in the  my shirt was completely wet with sweat. My whole body was littered with sweat. The first thing I did was take a shower because that is how nasty I felt and when I threw my Skinless shirt on the floor it made a loud wet smack on the carpet of our hotel room. 

The one thing I will say that I will never get used too and breaks my heart is all the fucking scumbags who bring their dogs to MDF. Yes, I'm talking to you, crusties.  Real crusties are dead it seems. The real ones were actually homeless, these do it because it's cool. It's like being a hipster. 

Here's what I don't get if they hate capitalism where the fuck did they get the money to get a ticket for MDF. Secondily, I saw a bunch of "crusties" living in their 2013 Prisues or Hondas. If you hate capitalism and paper trails then why do you have a nicer car than most hard working people. Thirdly, where the hell did you get the money for all those tattoos and and piercings. Tattoos and piercings cost money. I should know I have tattoos and piercings. If you're supposedly poor and panhandling then where did you get the money for those tattoos and piercings. You're not fooling anybody. You're just as bad as the people in Chicago who claim to be poor, but have an iphone, laptop or are wearing a suit. Fourthly, you know you are a worthless piece of shit when metalheads are telling you to get a job. No offense, but we're not really known for being pro-active. We're actually pretty freaking lazy and if we can seem to get a job, why can't you? Lastly, stop thinking you are entitled to everything. Stop being selfish pricks. Your dog does not want to be in a space that is hot, humid, full of drunk strange people. It wants to be in a place that has food, isn't humid as shit, and in the comfort of it's own space. When I saw one of them holding a skinny husky I nearly lost it. Hell it's such a problem that in Baltimore there is a sign that says,"Don't be a punk. Don't abandon your animal."  I wanted to cry when I saw that billboard. Animals are not fashion statements; they are a human's companion. They are family. I guess I will have to get used to it, but it really bothers me. Don't get me wrong I love crust punk. I could just do without the illogical attitude. Well now I really need to sleep. Man I need to soak in a tub too. 
Here are some pictures from today. 

There are some on my facebook as well.

Hyvva Yota. (Good-night)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

There are Surprises Around Every Corner

I was not sure how today was going to turn out. I originally planned to go visit a couple of pagan stores and then to go to the photo gallery, but then those plans fell threw. It happens; I didn't really expect for it to come true, but it was a nice thought.

Chris once again found a great restaurant called Ronnie's where we had a delicious breakfeast. I had a egg and sausage on toast and it was divine. Followed by some Mango and Passionfruit juice.

Ryan was very tired from the trip still and wanted to sleep while I wanted to explore more of the city needless to say I came back to my hotel room due to the fact that it was too bloody hot for me to stay outside and because I was scared for Ryan's car. At the suggestion of Ryan, he thought it was a good idea to have Chris drive his car and for me to carry on with my original plans.

Too bad Chris's gps was leading us astray and to quite honest his driving scared the shit out of me. Chris claims to be a defensive driver. Sometimes I think Chris thinks he's in the Fast and the Furious. He would speed in downtown Baltimore and then jerkily stops. I'm convinced I have whiplash now. We almost got into 3 car accidents and then he decided to turn at the same time that a bus was turning in nevermind that the bus had the right of way and was beeping at him. Overall, I'm glad I said a spell to protect Ryan's car.  But in retrospect it was sad that the first thing I thought of was the car's well being and not mine in an accident.

The one cool thing I saw was that the Lutheran Church in Baltimore had a May Pole. It had a crown of flowers at the top and it was all wrapped up. It's interesting to see that some Pagan traditions are apparently still good enough to practice. LOLOLOL. Fertility symbol right in the front of a huge Church yard. You know good for this church for keeping this tradition alive. This is pretty niffty if you ask me.

When I came back Ryan was back to being the cool-headed chill person he is and not the crankers he was this morning. We had a silly argument , but as soon as I walked in and ranted about what happened to me with Chris we laughed about it and were glad his car was okay. We apologized and I decided that he should rest until 3 or 4 pm. I just watched Being Human, Charmed until he woke up. Ryan didn't wake up until 5pm.

Chris was outside laying in the parking lot trying to get a tan. The reason for this was because they wouldn't let him lay in the pool area because they didn't have a key to it. No wonder their pool looks nasty if they can't find their key to clean it out.

It was actually really nice to just have some time with just Ryan as a couple since we are sharing our room with Chris and we don't really have time together. I very much enjoyed the cuddling and the other things we did together ( if you know what I mean. ;P). We have been so busy preparing for MDF and moving my things from my apartment to Ryan's apartment and to Lauren's apartment  that we haven't really had time for ourselves or to relax in each other's company.

Afterwards we decided to walk down to the south side of Baltimore I believe I saw a sign that called it the Business Quarter or something like that. This is the southside of Baltimore which is the nice side. We found a great Japanese restaraunt with fantastic miso soup and scrumptious sushi. The plan afterwards was to look for the Sonar and Sound Stage but then realized that it would be better to look at the address first before we went to look for it.  The second plan was to go to the photo gallery but by the time we walked back to the hotel it was almost 8:30 pm which was when the gallery would no longer be free. I then also learned that SLR's are permitted into MDF but photo passes were not issued. Had I known that SLR's were permitted I still would have only brought my tiny Nikon because there is no way in hell that I'm getting my Nikon D 3200 broken. I do not have a spare $700 lying around.

We came back to the hotel room and had decided that we were quite bored so we texted a couple of our friends to see when they would get here but like anybody who has made the trek here our friends were extremely tired and preferred to stay in their hotel rooms. Ryan did keep his promise in going down to the tiny workout area in the gym and we worked out there or an hour. It felt amazing to be exercising once again. I sweated gallons but I know that in the end my body would thank me for this. Ryan and I took a shower and decided to relax on the bed once again but after 4 hours I got hungry again and looked for 24 hour places so I could eat. We found a place but I forgot my ID and thinking it was a bar we went back to hotel. As we walked back in we were stopped by two metalheads who started talking to us. They told us they were from Canada and they were very nice. We talked for an hour until my stomach decided that if it didn't get fed it was going to put up a fight. So these nice guys by the names of Matt and James from Ottawa invited us to their room and gave us some yummy drinks that consisted of tasty rum and ginger ale. We then went to this 24- hour diner near Pratt St and ate until I was full. I even had some cheesecake. We talked and talked for hours that we didn't know that it was so late. We waited for two taxi's but they left so we walked back to hotel at 4 am. Let me tell you we had no problem walking back. No one screwed with us or assaulted us. We talked and got to know each other. That's the best of part of  MDF. Meeting cool new people.

Well I can barely keep my eyes open and Bolt Thrower is playing tomorrow so good night and I can't wait to party with these people again since we decided to meet up every day.