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Maryland Deathfest 2011: Oak In Concert

Maryland Deathfest 2011: Oak In Concert

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Oak performs at Maryland Deathfest 2011.

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With such tight curation, nothing was to be missed at Maryland Deathfest. But by the end of the weekend, attendance was lacking in the early-afternoon hours. Blame it on festival fatigue or unending hangovers — my bet's on the latter — but those who missed the Baltimore band Oak deprived themselves of some seriously low, slow dooooooom-metal. The band itself rarely plays outside of Charm City; to catch Oak on its home turf is like hearing the sickness of a city absorbed and rendered in feedback.

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