Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ufomammut and getting back in the saddle

Ufomammut - Stigma at Maryland Deathfest 2015 from Mann's World on Vimeo.

I mentioned in my previous post that I'm more excited about the blog these days, which is really strange because only a couple of months ago, I was seriously thinking about just doing one final post and ending the blog altogether. My inspiration, I do believe, was seeing Ufomammut at Maryland Deathfest on May 21.

Ufomammut was honestly the only reason I wanted to go to the Deathfest, and I was pretty peeved to find out that they were playing Kings the very next night. Why drive to Baltimore when I can just drive two miles from home and see them in a more intimate setting? Their show turned out to be so mind-bending that I seriously thought of scrapping the rest of the fest to drive back to Raleigh and see them two nights in a row. Part of me really wishes I had done that, but the rest of the fest turned out to be so much fun (including the best set I've ever seen by Inter Arma) that I'm ultimately glad I stayed.

The video above ("Stigma," the first song they played) was shot on my iPhone. It's incredibly dark, even after I bumped the lighting levels up in iMovie. But the audio is pretty good. One thing I have learned is to never try to zoom in while shooting video on the iPhone 6. For some reason the phone thinks you want to switch to slow motion. I spent the last two days trying to figure out how to revert out of slow motion, and finally succeeded, only to have the slow-mo reappear in the final three seconds of the song. If the visuals were better, I might have worked on it some more. As it stands, I just want to get this online as a testament to the best show I've seen in recent memory, one that's gotten my creative juices flowing in a way that they haven't in a long time.

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