Death Metal


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.

War Master

War Master formed in 2009 in Houston, Texas, playing old-school death metal.  The band released their second EP, Blood Dawn, in 2013, followed by an extensive touring schedule.  War Master will be bringing some old school-style death metal to Maryland Deathfest in 2014.


Theories is a death metal/grindcore band from Seattle, Washington.  Although Theories has only been around since 2011, they have made their presence known in the already grind-heavy Seattle scene.  In the fall of 2013, Theories embarked on a west coast tour, playing with dozens of local and national acts, in preparation for entering the studio to record a new album.  Theories will be making their first Maryland Deathfest appearance in 2014.


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.


Formed in the end of 1990, Entrails were never satisfied with their demo recordings and didn't release any material. The band eventually died out but was resurrected by founding member Jimmy Lundqvist in 2008. In his own words: "I was too nostalgic and said to myself that: Now, many years after the band died, my old songs must be recorded and a demo shall be made, so I started the band again on my own".  SInce their ressurection, Entrails have released some of their previously recorded material, plus three new full-length albums.


Another excellent Canadian export, Mitochondrion originated in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Like Auroch, with whom Mitochondrion share members, their sound is completely unique, pushing the boundaries of death metal. Sonically dense, the quartet makes dizzying, complex chaos listenable and enjoyable, but not for the faint of heart. Their first MDF appearance will be terrifying, no doubt.


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.

Death Toll 80k

Death Toll 80k are a crossover grindcore band from Lappeenranta, Finland.  Formed in 2008, their sound blends elements of grindcore with crust punk, death metal, and thrash metal, while incorporating lyrical themes that address issues such as war, the environment, and other social issues.  Death Toll 80k will be bringing their unique brand of grindcore across the pond to make an appearance at Maryland Deathfest in 2014.

Nocturnus AD

Nocturnus AD are a death metal band from Tampa, Florida.  Originally called Nocturnus, the band formed in 1987.  They are one of the first death metal acts to incorporate keyboards and other sound effects into their music.  They also differed from their death metal peers by incorporating science-fiction type themes into their lyrics.  Their 1990 release, The Key, is considered one of the greatest death metal albums of its' time, and was highly influential for the many death metal acts that followed.


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