Death Metal

Zhrine

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.

Angelcorpse

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.

Skullshitter

Skullshitter are a three piece grindcore band from New York. Formed in 2010, they’re relative newbies to this incarnation of Maryland Deathfest. Skullshitter play fast, angry grindcore- but the death metal, acid-trip vocals are what differentiates them from their grind brethren.  This is their first MDF appearance.

November's Doom

Now known for being one of the longest-running US doom bands, Novembers Doom had different origins. In 1989, Laceration, a death-thrash band, formed in Chicago. By 1991, the band had adopted a slower, heavier sound and the name Novembers Doom. Although vocalist Paul Kuhr is the only consistent remaining, original member, Novembers Doom have maintained their trademark gothic, doomy, sexy sound. This is their first MDF performance.

Interment

Coming from Sweden, Interment are bringing back the classic 90s sound of Swedish death metal. Originally formed in 1988 as ‘Beyond,’ the band became Interment in 1990, maintaining two original members (drummer Kennet Englund [Centinex] and guitarist/vocalist Johan Jansson [Regurgitate]) to the present day. Interment exemplify the Swedish death metal sound, shaped by bands like Entombed and Dismember. Their newest release, Scent of the Buried, was released on April 1st, 2016. Relive the glory days of Swedish death at Interment’s first MDF appearance.

Horrendous

Philly death metal trio Horrendous received heaps of praise for their most recent album, Anareta (Oct 2015), and deservedly so. This three piece worships at the altar of the old school, but sounds anything but stale or rehashed. There are definite nods to Florida death metal blended with Swedish melody, with plenty of guitar solos to go around. If you love classic death metal and want a new band to love, catch Horrendous’ first MDF set!

Deranged

Born in Sweden in the early 90s, Deranged are contemporaries with Swedish bands like Grave, Entombed, and Dismember. Deranged’s sound, however, is groovier, faster, more technical-they would be at home playing with bands like Cannibal Corpse and Gorgasm. The cover of their single “…the Confessions Continued” was banned in Germany for being too violent. After several line-up changes and a brief hiatus, Deranged is back and ready to kill.

This is their first MDF appearance. 

Dehumanized

These New York brutal death metallers formed in the mid-90s alongside bands like Suffocation, Malignancy, and Internal Bleeding. Their first album, Prophecies Foretold, is a perfect lesson in Long Island slam. Blending groove, speed, and technicality, Dehumanized never fails to liven a crowd.  Dehumanized will take no prisoners, and leave no one standing.

This is Dehumanized’s second MDF appearance. Their first was 2004.

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