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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 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. 


Coming all the way from the Land Down Under, Hellbringer are a three piece thrash machine. This trio is keeping the old school alive, blending elements of thrash and speed metal. Hellbringer are straight up vintage thrash, so dust off your high tops and get transported back to 1983 at Hellbringer’s first MDF appearance. 

Spazztic Blurr

Spazztic Blurr is a grindcore band from Portland, Oregon.


Razor is a Canadian thrash metal band formed in 1984 at Guelph, Ontario. The band dissolved in 1992, but reformed in the late 1990s to record another album, titled Decibels, in 1997. The band dissolved again, and reformed in 2005, and are currently planning to record another studio album. Guitarist and primary songwriter Dave Carlo has been the only permanent member in the band's 27-year history.

Razor will be making their first US appearance since 1992 in an exclusive appearance at Maryland Deathfest in 2015.

Metal Church

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


Bulldozer is an extreme metal band from Milan, Italy, that was active from 1980 until 1990. They had reunited as of 2008.


Speedwolf is a thrash/speed metal band from Denver, Colorado.


Midnight is a black/thrash metal band from Cleveland, Ohio.


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