Death Metal


Formed in 2002, Rochester NY's Sulaco incorporates elements of death metal, grindcore, progressive rock, hardcore, doom, and noise rock into their songs.  

Black Breath

Black Breath formed in 2005 in Bellingham, Washington, though the group eventually relocated to Seattle.  Their sound is heavily influenced by crossover thrash predecessors such as Entombed and Dismember.  After recording serveral demos and completing some underground tours, they finally released their first EP in 2008.  After appearing on the Maryland Deathfest line up twice in the past several years, they are returning to the west coast for California Deathfest in 2016.


Crucifist are a black/death metal band from Rochester, New York.  Currently on indefinite hiatus. Crucifist had been playing together since 2005, however they didn't release their first album until 2009.  


Malignancy is a brutal death metal band from Yonkers, New York formed in 1992.

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey is a Southern influenced death metal supergroup, hailing from Richmond, Virginia.  The band formed in 2005 as the side project to five very busy musicians who were all looking for additional creative outlets besides their own pre-existing projects. Composed of Ben Hogg from Beaten Back to Pure on vocals, Erik Larson from Alabama Thunderpussy and Bo Leslie from The Last Van Zant on guitars, Summer Welch from Baroness handling Bass duties and Dave Witte, from numerous bands including Municipal Waste, Burnt by the Sun and Discordance Axis on drums.


Obliteration is a death metal band from Kolbotn, Norway, which is also known as the home of metal greats Darkthrone.  They settled on playing classic-styled death metal after experimenting with things like punk and dual bass guitar (presumably in the Man is the Bastard style). 


Coffins is a death/doom metal band that formed in 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.  Their sound is influenced by old school ’80s and ’90s doom metal, death metal and thrash metal.  Since 2000, Coffins has been extemely prolific, recording 4 full-length albums and appearing on over 15 splits and EP's.  Maryland Deathfest 2014 will mark Coffins' third appearance, having previously played in 2008 and 2010.


Portal is an Australian extreme metal band known for its unorthodox fusion of death metal with black metal. The band's hybrid musical style is characterized by heavily distorted guitar riffs, down-tuned rhythms, and vocals ranging from "menacing, echoing" sound effects to guttural grunts.  Lead guitarist Horror Illogium has described Portal's intent as "to capture a cinematic horror scope".  The band members keep their identities obscured and use stage names.


Impaled is a death metal and goregrind band from Oakland, California. The band's name is an acronym, standing for "Immoral Medical Practitioners And Licentious Evil-Doers".  Several Impaled members also play in the band Ghoul.

Blood Duster

Blood Duster is a grindcore/stoner metal band from Melbourne, Australia.  Formed in 1991 as a grindcore band, their music has evolved over the years to incorporate a more "death rock" style and blending it with elements of grindcore.  The group is also well known for their humorous song titles and lyrics.


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