The biggest extreme metal festival in the U.S. has just revealed the first group of bands who are booked to perform in Baltimore next year. Barring death, debilitating disease, or some kind of unforeseen rudeness by my fucking day job, I’ll be there again, along with some of my most steadfast NCS comrades and assorted other miscreants and saints, including more than a few of you.
To cut to the chase, here are the names of the first 25 confirmed bands for Maryland Deathfest XVII, set to take place at Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage on May 23-26, 2019:
Blood (Germany) – Exclusive U.S. appearance
Full of Hell
Grotesque Organ Defilement (Canada)
Squash Bowels (Poland)
Tomb Mold (Canada)
Unanimated (Sweden) – Exclusive U.S. appearance
Violator (Brazil) – Exclusive U.S. appearance
Vomitory (Sweden) – Exclusive U.S. appearance
Overall, I’m pleased with this line-up. Among the bands I’ve never seen before, the opportunity to see Bethlehem, Pestilence, Unanimated, and Vomitory ranks high, and there are plenty of other choice selections here as well.
But half the fun about these announcements is the discussion they usually provoke among fans, so by all means, please leave your own reactions in the Comments.
P.S. When my NCS comrade DGR spread this news in our private Facebook group, he used these words: “First fifteen cancellations for MDF 2019 announced alongside ten other bands”.
P.P.S. Early-bird three-day passes went on sale this morning, at this location: