Death Metal


Pissgrave is a death metal band from Philadelphia, PA.

Ascended Dead

Ascended Dead is a dark, chaotic death metal band from San Diego, California.  

Morta Skuld

Morta Skuld is a death metal band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  


Crurifragium is a black/death metal band from Seattle, Washington.


Mortem is a death metal band from Lima, Peru.


Merciless is an extreme metal band from Sweden.  They were one of the first underground death/thrash outfits to rise out of Sweden in the mid 80's.

Lord Gore

Lord Gore is a death metal/gridcore/goregrind band from Portland, Oregon.  They will be making their first California Deathfest appearance in 2017, and will also be playing at Maryland Deathfest in 2018.


Zhrine join Maryland Deathfest for the first time, coming from Iceland, the frozen black metal breeding ground. Formed in 2008, Zhrine blend foreboding atmosphere, death, and black metal into an experimental, visceral sonic experience. Not for the faint of heart, Zhrine will appeal to fans of equally massive sounding, creative bands such as Deathspell Omega, Ulcerate, and Gorguts. Catch their first MDF appearance this year.

Demolition Hammer

After a 22 year hiatus, Demolition Hammer have reunited. Demolition Hammer are a thrash band from the Bronx, NYC. Demolition Hammer play fast, aggressive songs that are complex and structured. It’s frantic-sounding, and more aggressive than many of their contemporaries but there’s clearly thought behind the chaos.  Arriving on the east coast thrash scene in 1986, Demolition Hammer have maintained a cult following that continues today. The band maintains three quarters of its original line up: bassist/vocalist Steve Reynolds and guitarists James Reilly and Derek Syke.


Born of the ashes of Pete Helmkamp’s previous band, Order from Chaos, Angelcorpse formed in 1995 in Kansas. Helmkamp, Gene Palubicki and John Longstreth released debut album Hammer of the Gods in 1996. In 1998, the band relocated to Florida. Angelcorpse focuses on warfare, anti-Christianity, and strife, blending elements of black metal with Tampa death metal, aided by drummer Tony Laureano.


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