Talk about a Halloween treat: Today the MARYLAND DEATHFEST confirmed the appearance of 30 new bands at next year’s 12th edition of North America’s best extreme metal fest — bringing the total to 63. And even that fairly recent flyer up there is still incomplete. Check out this list of the names announced today:
Aeternus (Norway) – Exclusive US appearance!
Creative Waste (Saudi Arabia)
Enthroned (Belgium) – Exclusive US appearance!
Necros Christos – Exclusive US appearance!
Ratos de Porão (Brazil) – Exclusive US appearance!
Fucking ridiculous. And when you see the full list of names announced so far, including this latest group, it just gets even more ridiculous:
AT THE GATES (Sweden)
CREATIVE WASTE (Saudi Arabia)
THE CHURCH OF PUNGENT STENCH (Austria)
DEATH TOLL 80K (Finland)
DIOCLETIAN (New Zealand)
EXTINCTION OF MANKIND (UK)
GOD MACABRE (Sweden)
GRAVES AT SEA
HOODED MENACE (Finland)
MY DYING BRIDE (UK)
NECROS CHRISTOS (Germany)
RATOS DE PORAO (Brazil)
ULCERATE (New Zealand)
UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS (UK)
UNHOLY GRAVE (Japan)
WITCHRIST (New Zealand)
And now I’m just going to copy and paste the rest of the information included in today’s announcement, from the MDF Facebook page:
3 stages, including the 2 main stages, will be located at 545 N. High Street (Edison Parking lot), which is 1-2 blocks from the old location of Sonar. The setup at the Edison space will eliminate a variety of logistical problems and will ultimately lead to a better experience for you at MDF next year. This space has an approved capacity that is significantly higher than what we’re used to, we can open the entrance 2 hours before the first band each day, we won’t be getting in the way of the Farmers Market on Sunday, we don’t have to close off streets, and once again, we will have MORE space. In addition to adding more shaded areas, there is already existing shade here, so if it gets hot, you won’t be roasting on concrete all day. As far as parking goes, there is an enormous parking lot next to the space we’re using that you’ll be able to park at, and as always, metered parking is possible under the highway that everyone is familiar with from previous years.
On Thursday, bands will only be playing at Rams Head Live, located in the Power Plant Live! section of downtown Baltimore at 20 Market Pl. On Friday-Sunday, bands (death and black metal) will be playing at Rams Head Live between the hours of 10 pm – 2 am, (bands will conclude at the Edison parking space at 11 pm).
On Friday-Sunday, once again, we are doing a grind/hardcore/punk/crust stage at Baltimore Soundstage, located across the street from Rams Head Live at 124 Market pl. Unlike last year, bands will play here all day/night and there won’t be any large gaps between bands.
Generally speaking, this setup was the most sensible solution for us, as it allows us to book a lot of bands, give bands respectable set lengths, eliminate many issues/concerns from last year, and keep the fest close to hotels and other downtown conveniences that everyone is used to.
As early as next week, we will break everything down so you know who is playing where. We will also announce more bands at that time. We still have a few up our sleeve for the main stages, but mostly, we’re down to rounding out the Soundstage billing before being completely finished with booking.
The MDF website will be fully updated with the new band additions and venue info by the end of the day. A map that will help give you a better understanding of what you just read can be found here: http://
Ho. Ly. Shit. I want a damn ticket right MEOW!
This is, bar none, the best lineup theyve ever had…it just keeps getting more and more insane. I plan to just mainline Red Bull into my veins because I have no idea how to catch everything on here otherwise.
The venue plan is going to be a pain in the ass (not that I blame them, I dont how else they could do it), its going to require a 15 minute walk every time you want to get from the Rams Head (great venue by the way) to the main outdoor stages
Whelp. This makes up for all the other bands I’m not interested in seeing live… Coffins, Mitochondion, Necros Christos, Immolation. I stopped wanting to go, but now I want to go again. Probably not gonna happen.
Really?..because Bolzer, God Macabre and Witchrist were more than enough to make me want to go
I haven’t listened to much of any of those bands, but I’m interested in seeing them live (sans God Macabre). There were also some other bands on the list that I want to see live that were announced earlier such as Diocletian, Hooded Menace, Gorguts, and maybe Unleashed, Asphyx, and Candlemass. But in terms of sheer number of bands I want to see, I think last year’s lineup (MDFX) would probably take the cake if my memory of the ratio of bands I want to see to those I don’t want to see is correct.
Even if you are only a casual fan of Asphyx or HoB theyre not to be missed live. They bring a ton of energy when they play.
Im a huge fan of Hooded Menace, but I have to say, when they played a couple years ago they were totally underwhelming. The guitar was completely lost in the mix to the point you could barely hear the riffs. By far the biggest disappointment for me that year so I really hope they can bring it this time around.
Im kinda surprised you dont like God Macabre…they were right there with Grave and Nihilist as one of the earliest death metal bands from Sweden. Seeing them live is definitely a once in a blue moon type situation.
I generally find myself interested in about half the bands they announce…which seems to be accurate this year as well, but this year the bands I want to see…I REALLY want to see.
Anyway, if you do end up going, say something…maybe we can meet up for a beer
I actually don’t know much about God Macabre, so that’s why I wasn’t interested in seeing them. But now that I know that about them, I’m interested–I like to see historic acts even if I don’t like/know how they sound.
Chances are stacked against my going seeing as how I don’t have a job at the moment and I don’t drive, but if I’m able to I’ll totally tell you, you’re one of the commentors I’d like to meet most. However, I’m afraid I won’t be able to drink–I’m 20 and won’t be 21 til August (21+ shows are a big smack in the face to me). Besides, I’m not much of a drinker. I’m a party pooper lie that. ;P
This looks like the greatest festival lineup ever put together. 12 absolute MUST SEE BANDS, 10 more that I really would like to see, then another half dozen I wouldn’t mind seeing.
And you always end of discovering a band or two or three at something this large just through osmosis 🙂