Maryland Deathfest Postponed To 2021

The 2020 Maryland Deathfest has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place on May 27-30, 2021 in Baltimore, MD.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“Maryland Deathfest XVIII has been rescheduled!

The new dates for MDF XVIII are May 27-30, 2021.

As mentioned in previous posts, the goal was to retain at least 90% of the line-up, so we’re happy to say that this has been accomplished despite the incredibly short notice. As with every edition of MDF, we were really looking forward to this line-up and put a lot of time, energy and money into it, so we couldn’t fathom watching it all fall apart. By rescheduling to the same weekend next year, we were able to keep it all from falling apart.

Rescheduling the event to any other weekend in the year would have been much more challenging for us to overcome financially, and the line-up wouldn’t have looked anything like it does now. We needed more breathing space to overcome all of this, so rescheduling to next May was the only solution to give the festival a legitimate chance to stay alive.

As of now, there are only 2 bands, Cadaver and Necrophobic, that still need to give us a final answer about their availability to play on the new dates. We will save a space for both bands until we receive confirmation that they can play or not. If any of them can’t play, they will replaced. We’ll keep you updated on this in the coming weeks.

Death Strike and Prostitute Disfigurement are the only 2 bands that definitely can’t commit to the new dates, so replacements for them will be announced soon.

The rest of the line-up remains exactly the same, including day of show for all bands.

The pre-fest party on Wednesday at the Ottobar has also been rescheduled with the exact same line-up. The new date for the pre-fest is Wednesday, May 26th 2021.

All tickets remain valid for the new dates!

If you can hold on to your ticket for 2021, there is no better way to help us through this situation!

It is somewhat of a disaster for us to process refunds right now, keep the line-up pretty much identical, and have very few funds coming in for months to come. We aren’t making this situation all about our own challenges and understand that this pandemic is making it tough for many of you, but we do need to find a proper balance to handle immediate refund requests and not end up bankrupt at the same time. We will be able to process a fair amount of refunds now, but if the requests are excessive, we will need a bit more time to catch up and offset our losses before everyone can be made whole. We will work with everyone who writes, but there’s only so much we can handle in the immediate future.

If you absolutely cannot attend the new dates, you can request a refund by sending a message to our Facebook page or by e-mailing mdftickets@gmail.com

For those that were planning on getting tickets but didn’t because of the uncertainty over the last month, we will make tickets for MDF XVIII available again in 1-2 weeks. These sales will surely help us through this difficult time.

It feels pretty surreal that we just had to post this news. Of course it’s unfortunate that we all have to wait a year for this to finally transpire, but this decision will give MDF a much better chance to survive for years to come.

We hope to see you at MDF XVIII on the new dates!
In the meantime, stay safe and healthy!

Thursday, May 27th 2021
@ Rams Head Live:

Asthma Castle
Acid Witch
Coffins
Cough
Frizzi 2 Fulci (Fabio Frizzi in Concert. A Tribute to Lucio Fulci)
Warmask

Thursday, May 27th 2021
@ Soundstage:

Funerus
Limbsplitter
Putrid Pile
Skeletal Remains
Suffocation
+1 TBA

Friday, May 28th 2021
@ Rams Head Live:

Blaze of Perdition
Bloodbath
Graveyard
Massacre
Monstrosity
Onslaught
Panzerfaust
Phlebotomized
Spite

Friday, May 28th 2021
@ Soundstage:

ACxDC
Antichrist
At War
Blood Feast
Cloud Rat
Fistula
Fuck the Facts
Negative Approach
No/Mas
Vio-lence

Saturday, May 29th 2021
@ Rams Head Live:

Cancer
Cerebral Rot
Dismember
Imprecation
Impure
Nifelheim
Novembers Doom
Vircolac
+2 TBA

Saturday, May 29th 2021
@ Soundstage:

Backslider
Cadaveric Incubator
Flesh Parade
Haemorrhage
Holy Cost
Impaled
Malignant Altar
Napalm Raid
Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench
Skitsystem
Throaat

Sunday, May 30th 2021
@ Rams Head Live:

Archgoat
Dark Fortress
Demilich
Necrofier
Nocturnus AD
Sacrilegia
Sacramentum
Valkyrja
+1 TBA

Sunday, May 30th 2021
@ Soundstage:

Birdflesh
Butcher ABC
Exhorder
Galvanizer
General Surgery
Nunslaughter
Shock Narcotic
Warfuck
Whoresnation
Zombie Assault”

Bloodbath Announce North American Tour With Necrot & Tragedy Of Mine

Bloodbath have announced a North American tour with Necrot and Tragedy Of Mine. Here’s the dates:

05/22 Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest (Bloodbath only)
05/23 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
05/24 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
05/25 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
05/26 Toronto, ON – Opera House
05/28 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
05/29 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre (Bloodbath only)
05/31 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent (Bloodbath only)

Bloodbath, Exhorder, Etc. Added To 2020 Maryland Deathfest

Bloodbath, Exhorder, Skitsystem, Negative Approach, Coffins, and Zombie Assault have been added to the 2020 Maryland Deathfest. The event will take place at Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD on May 21-24 and the previously announced acts include: ACxDC, Acid Witch, Antichrist, Archgoat, Asthma Castle, At War, Backslider, Birdflesh, Blood Feast, Butcher ABC, Cadaver, Cadaveric Incubator, Cancer, Cerebral Rot, Cloud Rat, Cough, Dark Fortress, Death Strike, Demilich, Dismember, Fistula, Flesh Parade, Frizzi 2 Fulci, Fuck The Facts, Funerus, Galvanizer, General Surgery, Grave Desecrator, Graveyard (Spain), Haemorrhage, Holy Cost, Impaled, Imprecation, Impure, Limbsplitter, Malignant Altar, Massacre, Monstrosity, Napalm Raid, Necrofier, Necrophobic, Nifelheim, No/Mas, Nocturnus AD, Novembers Doom, Nunslaughter, Onslaught, Panzerfaust, Phlebotomized, Prostitute Disfigurement, Putrid Pile, Sacramentum, Sacrilegia, Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench, Shock Narcotic, Skeletal Remains, Spite, Suffocation, Throaat, Valkyrja, Vio-lence, Vircolac, Warfuck, Warmask, and Whoresnation.

Guitarist Joakim Karlsson Quits Bloodbath

Joakim Karlsson has announced his departure from Bloodbath. For now, Tomas Åkvik (LIK) will be handling live guitar duties for the band.

Karlsson commented:

“I am putting away my Bloodbath vest for good.

To be honest, I’ve never really considered myself a guitarist – at least not a particularly good one – just someone who plays guitar out of necessity because I wouldn’t be able to write my music otherwise. Bloodbath needs a lead guitarist; someone who can pull off these fast, evil solos and whatnot, and to be completely honest, that guy simply isn’t me. Bloodbath needs someone who can do it justice.

I have had pretty much only good moments with the band, and I’m glad to have been a part of it for the last year and a half, but now I’ll do other things. (I vaguely remember having a main band which hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves during the last year. I think I’ll focus on that for a while.) Alright… Later, Bloodbath fans. I hope I at least managed to trick some of you into listening to Craft.

By the way, some of you were making guesses about what songs I wrote for TAOSID. I wrote ‘Wayward Samaritan‘ (music/lyrics), ‘Only the Dead Survive‘ (music, together with former Craft guitarist John Doe), ‘Ride the Waves of Fire‘ (music/lyrics) and ‘Wide Eyed Abandon‘ (music).”

The group added:

“We’d like to thank Joakim for his time in Bloodbath, his contributions to TAOSID and we urge you all to submit to his continual work with black metal masters Craft. Live guitar duties will proceed with Tomas from LIK – Sthlm.”

New Study Finds Death Metal Inspires Joy In Listeners

Macquarie University’s music lab has conducted a new study in which 32 death metal fans and 48 non-fans were shown innocuous images in one eye and violent images in the other, while listening to either Bloodbath‘s “Eaten” or Pharrel Williams‘ “Happy.“ After the test, researchers found that the death metal fans were not desensitized to violence and that listening to the music actually brought them feelings of joy and empowerment.

Prof Bill Thompson told BBC the following:

“[Death metal] fans are nice people. They’re not going to go out and hurt someone.

The dominant emotional response to this music is joy and empowerment. And I think that to listen to this music and to transform it into an empowering, beautiful experience – that’s an amazing thing.”

Nick Holmes (Bloodbath, Paradise Lost) also talked a bit about the study, in part saying:

“The majority of death metal fans are intelligent, thoughtful people who just have a passion for the music. “It’s the equivalent of people who are obsessed with horror movies or even battle re-enactments.”

You can read more HERE.

Bloodbath Premiere “Chainsaw Lullaby” Music Video

Bloodbath have premiered a new video for their new song “Chainsaw Lullaby.” This track is from the band’s new album, “The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn,“ which will be released on October 26. Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström commented:

“I wanted to keep it really simple and uncomplicated whilst retaining an evil groovy drive to make the song engage in headbanging action and sing along exercises. Having started a ‘red’ thread, I then locked in the chainsaw concept as a dual tribute to the Boss HM-2 guitar pedal sound as well as my love for the horror slasher genre and had both the music and lyrics going at the same time. I’ve always been a fan of lyrical paradoxes and the song title was just waiting to happen.”

Bloodbath Premiere New Song “Bloodicide” Feat. Members Of Carcass, Memoriam, & Cancer

Bloodbath have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Bloodicide.” This track features Jeff Walker (Carcass), Karl Willetts (Memoriam/ex-Bolt Thrower), and John Walker (Cancer) and it will appear on the band’s new album, “The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn“ (out October 26).

Bloodbath‘s Nick Holmes (also of Paradise Lost) said the following:

“The lads play a part in representing the backbone of the old school British Death Metal scene, which has also been a big influence on Bloodbath since the beginning.”

Jeff Walker also commented:

“I owed Nick a tenner, so he told me instead of sending the bailiffs round he would kindly let me pay off my debt by contributing vocals to his new album. Imagine my great disappoint when I found out it wasn’t for THAT band but, was in fact for Bloodbath. I have great faith in him that my vocals will be lower than his in the mix.”

Karl Willetts continued:

“I have known Nick Holmes for over 30 years – so when he asked me to do some vocals for the new Bloodbath album how could I refuse? The opportunity to do things like this in life don’t often come twice so I am really pleased to contribute in a small way to this legendary opus!”

John Walker added:

“Bloodbath is an amazing band and I’ve had the chance to do some vocals for their new, killer album along with eff Walker and Karl Willetts. It’s been a bloody honour and a lot of fun!!”

Bloodbath Reveal Details For New Album “The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn”

Bloodbath have announced that their new album “The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn” will be released on October 26. The effort was recorded with Karl Daniel Liden at Ghost Ward, City Of Glass, and Tri-Lamb Studios earlier this year. Notably, one track on the effort, “Bloodicide,“ features a number of special guests including: Jeff Walker (Carcass), Karl Willetts (Bolt Thrower), and John Walker (Cancer).

“The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn” Track Listing:

01. “Fleischmann”
02. “Bloodicide” (feat. Jeff Walker, Karl Willetts and John Walker)
03. “Wayward Samaritan”
04. “Levitator”
05. “Deader”
06. “March Of The Crucifers”
07. “Morbid Antichrist”
08. “Warhead Ritual”
09. “Only The Dead Survive”
10. “Chainsaw Lullaby”

Limited Edition CD Bonus Tracks:

11. “Ride The Waves Of Fire”
12. “Wide Eyed Abandon”

Guitarist Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström said the following about the album:

“What are we presenting with this album? Humanity’s unfaltering march prone towards downfall. The threat to this world isn’t from far beyond the sun, the enemy is right here, within the walls. Only the god of emptiness will survive us all. The arrow of Satan is drawn!”

“There’s no mitigating circumstances coming your way any time soon… The world is a mad place full of darkness, horror, disease and terror! Hell on Earth is real and not just limited to fiction. The dark ages transcend all frontiers, ever present but yet unseen.”

He also added the following about “Bloodicide“:

“It wasn’t deliberately planned to be just British guests, but as it randomly turned out that way, it became a really cool feat!. Nick [Holmes], Jeff, Karl and John are all legends respectively within the UK death metal scene and we’re proud to bring them all together on our little old school soiree to tribute the days of old.”

Bloodbath Finish New Album

It looks like Bloodbath have officially finished their new album. The band said the following on Facebook:

“The new album is officially DONE and the master is now leaving us and heading to Peaceville! Curious about the artwork? The album title? The song titles? The number of songs on the album? The release date? The formats? The line-up? The sound and production? The fuckin’ legendary featured guests? Watch this space….”

Kreator, Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed, & Bloodbath Announce European/UK Tour

Kreator and Dimmu Borgir have announced a European/UK co-headlining tour. Hatebreed and Bloodbath will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

11/30 Tilburg, NET – O13
12/01 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
12/02 Frankfurt, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
12/03 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
12/04 Brussels, BEL – AB
12/06 Milano, ITA – Alcatraz
12/07 Munich, GER – Zenith
12/08 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
12/09 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
12/10 Zurich, SWI – Halle 622
12/12 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
12/13 Warsaw, POL – Hala Kolo
12/14 Leipzig, GER – Hause Auensee
12/15 Dusseldorf, GER – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
12/16 London, UK – Roundhouse