Best Franchise: Maryland Deathfest

It would be easy for the organizers of Maryland Deathfest, America’s best heavy-metal festival, to rest on their laurels. After 14 years of success in Baltimore, they could have just stuck to their winning formula: four days of bands from all different metal subgenres, playing to an audience from all over the world in the heart of Baltimore City. Instead, they chose to bring their uncompromising curatorial choices and extreme professionalism to two new fests that they will organize: California Deathfest and Netherlands Deathfest. It’s great to see two local boys go international and we predict both will be of the same quality as Maryland edition (but not quite as fun)—we just wish we could afford the airfare.

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