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Maryland Deathfest XI: Merch Haul, Musings, and More Pics

Posted in battle jacket, black metal, death metal, doom, festivals, musings, stoner metal, tips, united states with tags , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

This was my first year going to Maryland Deathfest, and I learned that it is a metal WONDERLAND. Literally just about any merch you could possibly want you can find, including stuff from Deathspell Omega (if you were looking for Lifelover you were out of luck, however. I didn’t see any of their stuff- I was looking for a patch). And for a girl working on her battle jacket, it was a veritable treasure trove. I bought a ton of patches, many of them from my friend, who I tried to buy from as much as I could.

Yeah, that's a Dimmu Borgir patch. They were my first black metal band, and their old stuff is awesome, don't pretend like it's not.

Yeah, that’s a Dimmu Borgir patch. They were my first black metal band, and their old stuff is awesome, don’t pretend like it’s not.

I also got several shirts, but not as many as I probably would have gotten if I had bought all my stuff early (lesson learned. I would have a Candlemass patch too if I’d done that). Nevertheless, I found stuff I couldn’t find easily, like a rad Teitanblood shirt, a TDB shirt (orders from the Netherlands are not cheap), and special edition MDF Antaeus and Aosoth shirts. And Morbid. Always more Morbid.



I love the back of this thing.

I love the back of this thing.

Antaeus special print for MDF.

Antaeus special print for MDF.

Noevdia. <3

Noevdia. ❤

More Dead.

More Dead.

Aosoth special MDF shirt. This thing is gorgeous. Also I am trying to buy more not-black shirts.

Aosoth special MDF shirt. This thing is gorgeous. Also I am trying to buy more not-black shirts.

The back has the Order of the Nine Angles sigil. Subtlety FTW.

The back has the Order of the Nine Angles sigil.

The Devil's Blood. I love their artwork.

The Devil’s Blood. I love their artwork.

I promised musings too, so I will give that. I think the weekend overall went really well, minus the drive back (coffee+convenience store fare+no sleep= H feeling like she is strung out on something). I did have a few observations though. First of all, the festival really needs to be organized a little better. Vinterland had to be pushed back, and Pentagram and Venom getting cut off- I understand that there was nothing that could have been done about these things, but I think some kind of announcement might have mitigated the frustration a bit, especially in the case of the latter, in which people rioted. The lines going into and out of the festival could have been handled a little better, and considering that I heard/saw lots of complaints about gate security inappropriately frisking some of the girls (never happened to me or A, by the way), and harassing people, I would suggest screening the people they have working the gates a little better. (The guys in the festival were awesome, on the contrary. Especially the dude playing air-bass and helping people crowdsurf. That guy deserves an award for best security dude ever.)

I also heard rumors that this might be the last year at that venue, and that might be okay. I liked the smallness of the festival, especially considering that I get freaked out in really huge crowds sometimes, but it really might have outgrown itself this time. Especially with having to wait in line for over an hour for re-entry on Sunday. Also, I didn’t have tickets to the punk stage this year (I need to do that next time), but my understanding was that it was about .5 miles away. That’s a little far, especially if you are trying to run back and forth a lot, so making the venues closer would be really beneficial.

The music was awesome. Needs more thrash; needs more grindcore. That is all. Of course, with all the doom and black metal it was theoretically my year.

Here are some more miscellaneous pics of me and my pals showing off our MPLS/St. Paul related digs and general tomfoolery.

The poster from this year was pretty freaking sweet.

The poster from this year was pretty freaking sweet.


I don’t know if you can tell from the pin, but we are big Devil’s Blood fans around here.



Me looking like a big ol' dweeby fangirl in my False shirt. MPLS metal is my fave.

Me looking like a big ol’ dweeby fangirl in my False shirt. MPLS metal is my fave.



Chicks dig Into the Void.

Chicks dig Into the Void.

Me and Carlos.

Next, Kylesa, before I forget my commentary on that. Then Aosoth, I promise. I have been running around watching friends’ bands all weekend, but I am home with some spare time for a while.



Battle Jacket: How to Make a Patch Out of a T-Shirt

Posted in battle jacket, tips with tags , , , , on August 2, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

So, as you may remember, I had gone to see Marduk about a month and a half ago and was so excited to show off my Funeral Mist back patch, when I was informed that it was not only a bootleg but that Arioch (Mortuus? I’m not sure how to refer to him in this instance) would get royally angry if he saw it. And we can’t have that, because Funeral Mist being pretty much my favorite black metal band (sharing the spot with early Mayhem), I want to support Arioch. So after bewailing my fate, I decided to figure out what I could do about this problem.

I settled on buying a t-shirt and making a patch out of that, since I know I can recognize Arioch’s design work and therefore make sure he gets paid for the “patch.” That is exactly what I did, and I thought I would share how I did it just in case anyone else is interested in making their own patch from a t-shirt.

So, step one to making a patch from a t-shirt is, of course, acquire a t-shirt. I got this Funeral Mist shirt from Noevdia.

Image from Osmose Productions.

[1. Get a shirt]

The next thing you’ll want to do is cut out the part of the shirt you want to make a patch from. I shed no tears over mutilating this one because it was way too big for me anyway- the only size they had left was XL. I made sure to leave plenty of extra room around where I wanted the patch to be so that I didn’t accidently cut it too short. You can trim later.

2. I don’t have a pic of this step, but you shouldn’t need one. Just cut out the design. Make sure that you leave plenty of room around the edges just in case!

Next you will want to get some adhesive backing for the t-shirt. This will keep the shirt from wiggling around as you’re sewing, as shirts are wont to do. Any fabric store should have some- ask for the “craft” kind as it is the thickest. Have them cut you a piece that your patch (with the extra room around the edges) will fit on.

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[3. Get adhesive backing. It’s iron on, and it looks like this. Nothing remarkable, in other words.]

Iron the adhesive backing onto the patch. With the kind I used, it said not to let the iron steam, but yours may be different. Sewing is kind of like cooking- it’s all about following directions.

After you have ironed on the backing, figure out how much of a border you want around the patch. The design on my shirt was really big, so I didn’t want very much. Then you want to fold the shirt back to where you want the border and crease it so that it won’t move around. If you want to be crafty, you can use the iron to make the crease stronger.

Then you will need some of this stuff. The kind I bought is charmingly named “Stitch Witchery.” It will create a thicker edge to make the sewing easier for you. You simply cut a piece the length of the side and lay it in the crease, then hold the iron on it for ten seconds or so. Once again, follow the directions on whichever kind you get.

[4. It comes in black and white. It doesn’t really matter which color you get as you won’t be able to see it anyway. Primarily, you just want to make sure that the width is small enough for your purposes (I think this is 3/4 in. or something)]

Now you are ready to trim (finally, right?). Pull the edges up and trim off some of the excess. Then, voila! You have a patch made from a t-shirt!

[5. Be sure you don’t trim too close. The hemming stuff will create a hem like this.]

[6. The finished product! The back.]

[…And the front! Which is formatting weird for some reason. (WordPress, cut it out, dude). Super proud of this bad boy.]

Now, sewing this thing is proving to be difficult given its size (like, I can’t even pin the whole thing. It keeps squirming), but that won’t necessarily be an issue. I’m sure there are a million ways to do this as well, this is just the way that I did mine. I don’t have a sewing machine, so that wasn’t really an option for me, hence the hemming tape.

I’ll be back Sunday with some more stuff. In the meantime, check out Jamie’s blog post on USBM (which we’ve been seeing a lot of lately: and happy stitching!



Hagalaz’ Concert Tips for Beginners

Posted in black metal, blackened death metal, concerts, death metal, grindcore, tips with tags , , , , , on June 24, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

As I was trying to come up with topics to talk about today, it occurred to me that one of the questions that often comes up on Shreddit (which I don’t visit much anymore because they offended me one too many times) on Self-Post Fridays asks for tips on how to survive your first metal show. I have contributed one or two comments to just about all of these, but I figured I would do a compilation of some of my personal suggestions here. As a veteran metal show attendee, I feel as though I am qualified to offer suggestions to ensure that you not only survive, but that you enjoy yourself too. (Note that these mostly apply to smaller venues, like clubs and bars, in the U.S.; as a metal purist I find the concept of paying to sit in a seat at a metal gig baffling.)


Seriously. No matter where you are in the venue, chances are it is still too loud for prolonged exposure. “But earplugs are dorky,” you say. Look at it this way- more than likely, the band is wearing earplugs too because they like to be able to hear. Besides, if you have long hair, no one will know anyway. And if you don’t have long hair, it’s still not worth it to risk your hearing. I have been to more shows than I can count now, and I still have near perfect hearing due to the fact that I wear earplugs. And besides the obvious benefits of being able to hear, earplugs also cut down on ambient noise, meaning that usually, you can actually hear better for having them in. So wear earplugs. As I always say, the better you take care of your ears, the longer you can listen to good metal.

2) Know what you should bring with you, and what you should leave in the car.


  • Your ID, especially if the venue has a bar attached to it somewhere. A lot of shows are 16+ or 21+. They also might need it to verify will call tickets.
  • Cash. Most merch booths will not take credit cards.
  • Credit/Debit card: if you bought your ticket online, you may need it for will call.
  • Ticket. No, really.
  • Earplugs. (I wasn’t kidding.)


Most other things, or anything you don’t want to be carrying around all night. Ladies, leave your purse in the car. (I lock mine in the trunk). You don’t want to have to figure out what to do with it when there’s headbanging to be done. I always bring along my phone (though, as someone on Shreddit pointed out, your back pocket is probably not the best place to keep it in case it falls out. Front pocket is better), and my friends who smoke will bring cigarettes and lighters and what not. Typically, though, you really only want to bring with you what can fit in your pockets. The fewer things that can be broken or lost the better.

3) Be aware of your surroundings.

This is important for a first time gig-goer, or if you’re in an unfamiliar venue. You should probably hang back a bit until you are sure where the mosh pit will form. This is not only if you don’t want to be in it- you don’t want it to surprise you either. I’ve included this magnificent MS Paint illustration to show where the pit usually forms at small gigs, but be aware that this is not always the case and you should be aware of what’s going on around you anyway.

Magnificent MS Paint drawing.

As you can see, the pit normally forms in the center of the venue, some ways behind the rail. My choice spots usually include on the rail (which, be aware that if you are between the pit and the rail you will get pushed around some when the crowd surges, which it will), or behind the pit if it’s a show that I don’t feel the need to be right up front for. Also, you should avoid standing next to me- I don’t mosh because I am too kvlt (and also kind of small), but I have marvelously bad luck concerning the location of the pit as it seems to always start right on top of me. The pit normally stays pretty contained, but if you’re close to it, watch yourself. People can and will come flying out of it.

4) Crowd etiquette.

Metal gigs, despite what people outside the scene may think, are not just some big barbaric free for all. There are rules.

Like pit etiquette:

  • If someone falls down, help them up.
  • Mosh appropriately. No punching people in the head or other such tomfoolery. No one likes an asshole in the mosh pit.
  • If you brought your battle jacket and it has spikes on it, you should take it off before you mosh. No one wants to be impaled on your spikes. Also, for your own safety wear closed-toe shoes and avoid dangly jewelry. You don’t want those earrings torn out, dude. As a friend recently got his glasses demolished (and he wasn’t even in the mosh pit), glasses straps are probably wise as well.

 And regular crowd etiquette:

  • Don’t shove people. It’s rude. The pit generally stays inside the pit for a reason, and both people in it and people outside of it ought to respect each other’s space.
  • The rail is first come first serve. Generally, people go outside to smoke between sets and you can grab a spot there if you want one, but don’t be a jerk if you don’t get the spot you want. If you want on the rail and you didn’t get there early enough to snag your spot, sorry.
  • Respect the band’s space. Some bands don’t mind if you stage dive or whatnot, but Watain, for instance, will kick you in the face if you crawl up on their stage. Be aware of how the band you are watching feels about that sort of thing before you do it. Remember that the bands are working, and let them do their job.
  • Don’t assault the ladies. Just… don’t.

5) Have a good time!

Really. Don’t be so on edge that you don’t enjoy yourself. Remember that extreme metal gigs are a rare social gathering where you automatically have something in common with everyone else there, and that most if not all of them are just friends you haven’t met yet. At every metal gig I’ve been to, the metal “brotherhood” has been there; people are generally friendly and nice and respectful to one another, which is really all you need to know concerning etiquette. If you are concerned about something, watch what other people are doing, or seek shelter under the wing of some veteran like myself who would be happy to tell you the basics. Go and have a good time, don’t be afraid to go alone (I have never felt threatened at a show), and talk to the people around you. Metal gigs are often a safe place for people who aren’t jerks, so go, chill out, and bang your head!

I still have a lot of things to review (too much good metal too quickly for me to keep up with), so more of that later this week. Until then…