Even though we managed to survive another Deathfest, the summer has plenty more heavy-music blowouts to offer. First up is the stoner rock/doom festival Moving the Earth, which is being held at the Windup Space on June 22 and 23. Headlining two days of fuzzed-out and tuned-down bands are the Convocation, the Flying Eyes, Bastards of Reality, Foghound, and Weed Is Weed. For a more uptempo experience, local label Insubordination brings their annual gathering, Insubordination Fest, back to the Ottobar on June 27-29 for three days of punk rock and pop punk. Highlights this year include Screaming Females, Night Birds, Mikey Erg!, and Baltimore's Dead Mechanical, but there are too many to list here. Finally, July 19-21 marks the return of Ratscape, a louder alternative to Artscape's Station North stage. Expect dozens of mostly local bands to pack a sweaty Hour Haus in the three days of the festival, but the Sunday lineup is particularly heavy, with Cemetery Piss, Old Lines, Noisem, Sexgender, and more.
Outside of festivals, other standout shows in the coming weeks include: Noisem's release show for their A389 debut, Agony Defined, with Seven Sisters of Sleep and Full of Hell (who are on an extensive tour at the moment) on June 23 at Club K. That same night the Double Dagger documentary, If We Shout Loud Enough, screens at the Ottobar, along with performances by post-DD bands Roomrunner, Peals, and Pure Junk.
June 30 also brings two great shows in one night-ambient black metal-meets-prog band Locrian plays a release show for their new album, Return to Annihilation, at Metro Gallery. While just around the corner at the Charm City Art Space, Trapped Under Ice plays what is billed as their last Baltimore show before an indefinite hiatus, with Mindset and Suburban Scum opening. Due to differing start times, it should be possible to see both shows.
Looking further out, on July 20, the Sidebar is hosting a benefit for RAINN and the Maryland SPCA featuring Horrendous, Ilsa (now with Dom Romeo of A389 on guitar), Nothing, and other acts. A week later, on the 27th, they also have Asthma Castle (featuring Adam Jarvis from Pig Destroyer and Misery Index), Primitive Man, and Reproacher.
In local release news, two local bands have records slated to be released by Baltimore's storied Reptilian Records label. D-beat band Old Lines and Multicult (who had CP's 2012 "Best Album," Spaces Tangled) both report they are in the final stages of recording. These will be the first releases by Reptilian in several years. (Disclosure: This author also once released a record in conjunction with Reptilian Records.) Also, REACT! Records, a long-running hardcore label from the West Coast recently changed hands and is now run out of Baltimore by Evan Wivell of Mindset. It just released the debut single by Baltimore straight-edge band WARXGAMES, titled 9 Trax/No Nightmare.
Other bands working on new releases for the summer and fall include grind stalwarts Triac, Drugs of Faith, and Holy Tongues. Cemetery Piss has finished recording its first official release with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations. Look for more info on all of these releases in future columns and on the City Paper website.