Heavy Metal

Slough Feg

Slough Feg (also known as The Lord Weird Slough Feg) is an American heavy metal band from Pennsylvania, formed in 1990 and is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Taking their name from the Celtic folklore-influenced comic book Sláine, the band released their self-titled debut album in 1996. The band combines influences from traditional heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Brocas Helm and Thin Lizzy, and English folk metal band Skyclad.

Satan

Satan are a classic NWOBHM band from England. Born in 1979, they’ve operated under the names Pariah (after religious protestors burned Satan tour t-shirts in front of venues) and Blind Fury, and with multiple line ups but are best known as Satan, steered by Steve Ramsey and Russ Tippins. On their debut album, Court in the Act, Satan broke the mold of NWOBHM by mixing in elements of nascent speed/thrash metal genres, making them groundbreaking in the 1980s.

Hirax

Hirax are a thrash band from California. Directed by only original member, vocalist Katon de Pena, Hirax mix thrash, speed, NWOBHM, and crossover elements to create a sound that is different from their Bay Area contemporaries. Hirax were a part of the legendary Metal Blade Records Metal Maniacs compilation, along with bands like Slayer, Celtic Frost, and Metal Church, highlighting their spot at the forefront of metal.  Hirax split up in 1989 but reunited in 2000, when De Pena realized he wasn’t done creating. Pull out those chains and catch Hirax at their first MDF appearance. 

Discharge

THE Discharge!! Formed in 1977, Discharge’s seminal 1982 record See Nothing, Hear Nothing, Say Nothing paved the way for thousands of bands that followed by influencing thrash, crust punk, and grind bands and creating the ‘d-beat’ genre. Original vocalist Cal Morris influenced James Hetfield!  This is the Discharge that influenced all your favorite bands- nothing more needs to be said. Show Discharge your gratitude at Soundstage (with 3 of 5 original members!) for their first MDF appearance.

Crypt Sermon

Philly-based Crypt Sermon clearly draws influence from traditional doom metal. Everything -  from the clean, raspy vocals, to the medieval inspired album art to the religion-focused lyrics - harkens back to the glory days of traditional doom metal, like Black Sabbath, Candlemass and Trouble. For a band formed in just 2013, Crypt Sermon will have doom heads thinking they’ve been transported back to the Days of High Doom.

This is Crypt Sermon’s first MDF appearance.

Samael

Samael will performing their celebrated third album, ‘Ceremony of Opposites’ in its entirety. This album, which blends black metal with industrial influences including keyboards and samples, signified a change of direction for Samael. With ‘Ceremony,’ Samael departed from the primitive black metal (a la Swiss brethren Hellhammer) sound of their previous recordings and embraced a sound akin to contemporaries such as Celtic Frost, Emperor and even early Dimmu Borgir.

Iron Man

Iron Man is a heavy metal band from Maryland.

Twilight of the Gods

Twilight of the Gods started as a Bathory tribute band, named after one of Bathory's albums. 

Metal Church

Metal Church is an American heavy metal band that is credited as a formative influence on the thrash metal sub-genre.

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are a psychedelic rock/doom/heavy metal band from Cambridge, UK.  Formed in 2009, their sound is heavily influenced by late 1960's/early 1970's heavy metal, in the vein of Black Sabbath, with a little vintage horror movie inspiration thrown into the mix.    Though they have only been around for a few years, three highly acclaimed full-length albums have helped them garner international attention, including a scheduled stint on a November 2013 European tour with Black Sabbath.

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