Maryland Deathfest Portrait, No. 5: Meet Nathan Carson from Portland, Oregon. He’s a booking agent and the drummer for the bands Witch Mountain and Two Ton Boa. He also just finished the Metal Noam Chomsky Project, which is exactly what you think it is. Nathan actually had a lot of thoughtful things to say about metal — especially German death metal band Morgoth — but this was too cute not to highlight: “I remember being five years old and listening to ‘Godzilla’ by Blue Oyster Cult and running around with an X-Wing Fighter.”

Maryland Deathfest Portrait, No. 3: Meet Jack from New York City. He says, “I hated metal as kid. I actually truly, truly despised it. I thought it was music for morons.” Jack eventually came around after seeing Iron Maiden and DragonForce as a joke. “The more and more metal shows I started getting into,” Jack says, “the more I realize that you listen to this heavy, brutal music and everybody’s f——— smiling.”

Maryland Deathfest Portrait, No. 2: Meet Linda and Todd from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They met at a brewery and love to spend their time traveling the country to see metal shows. Todd makes beer and manages Surly Brewing Co. and recent restauranteur Linda is in the process of starting new project. Linda sums both loves up best: “Pop music is [like] Miller Lite. I want more challenge.”