Black Metal

The Secret

The Secret are a grind/hardcore/black metal fusion band from Trieste, Italy.  Formed in 2003, The Secret have released four full length albums.  Their sound is a unique blend of metalcore/hardcore, grind, and black metal, which has helped them gain international noteriety.  The Secret will be making their first appearance at Maryland Deathfest in 2014.

Goat Torment

Goat Torment are a Belgian black/death metal band formed in 2009.  After releasing a few recordings and several lineup changes, Goat Torment continues to play as a two-piece, bringing in studio musicians for live shows.  Goat Torment will be making their first Maryland Deathfest appearance in 2014.

Aeternus

Aeternus is a death metal/black metal band from Bergen, Norway.  Formed in 1993, Aeternus is one of the pioneers of what the band calls “Dark Metal”, meshing the sounds of Black Metal and Death Metal with superlative guitar playing and occasional haunting, melodic interludes.  With one original member remaining, Aeternus released their seventh full-length album in 2013.  They will be making their first appearance at Maryland Deathfest in 2015.

Necros Christos

Necros Christos is a black metal/death metal band from Berlin, Germany.  In Greek, Necros Christos means "Dead Christ".  Originally formed in 2001, they did not release a full length album until 2007, after which the band began to gain worldwide attention.  Necros Christos will be making their first Maryland Deathfest appearance in 2014.

Enthroned

Enthroned is a black metal band from Charlerio, Belgium that formed in 1993.  Through their 20 year history, Enthroned has faced many line up changes, and as of 2006, the group has no original members left.  However, that hasn't stopped them from continuing to record and perform live--Enthroned has released two full length albums since 2010, and will be making their premier performance at Maryland Deathfest in 2014.

Wrathprayer

Wrathprayer is a Chilean blackened death metal band formed as a two-piece (later adding a bassist) in 2006.  Despite their small musical library, Wrathprayer have made an impact outside of their home country of Chile, most recently with the release of their first full length album in 2013.  Wrathprayer will be making their first Maryland Deathfest appearance in 2014.

Mutilation Rites

Mutilation Rites is filthy black metal hailing from Brooklyn, New York, conceived  in January 2009 in the vein of black metal forefathers such as Darkthrone, Dissection, Weakling, and Discharge.  Mutilation Rites will be performing at Maryland Deathfest for the first time in 2014.

Bolzer

Bölzer is a two-piece black/death metal band formed in 2008 in Zurich, Switzerland.  Despite their brief history, Bölzer has gained some international noteriety with their most recent releases. Their sound draws on traditional black and death metal and incorporates a slower, more doom-laden style.  The group shares vocalists with New Zealand's Witchrist.  Bölzer will be making their first appearance at Maryland Deathfest in 2014.

Sarke

Sarke is a black metal/thrash metal band from Oslo, Norway.  Thomas "Sarke" Bergli began the project in 2008 as a one-man band, with Sarke himself writing all the music and lyrics.  Prior to the recording of the debut album in late 2008, legendary vocalist Nocturno Culto was brought in to lead the  vocal assault.  After releasing their first album and adding some live musicians to their lineup, Sarke played several successful shows in 2009, and it was decided to make the project a permanent band.

Witchrist

Witchrist are a death/doom/black metal band from Auckland, New Zealand.  Formed in 2008, Witchrist shares half their lineup with fellow New Zealand "Doom Cult" members, Diocletian.  Playing a unique mix of blackened death metal mixed with epic doom, Witchrist incorporates the darker side of eastern Asian religions and mythology into their lyrical and artistic themes.  Their 2012 release, The Grand Tormentor, received high praises, and caught the attention of the international metal community.

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