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”

Pete Kowalsky (Remembering Never, Etc.) Battling Colon Cancer

Pete Kowalsky (Remembering Never, Ether Coven, etc.) has revealed that he is sadly battling stage 3 colon cancer. You can help him out with medical bills by donating via GoFundMe.

The following statement was issued:

“Pete was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma- Colon Cancer- Stage 3.

On December 26th, Pete went to the ER because he was having pain in the lower right side of his abdomen on and off since mid November. He had gone to a doctor earlier that week and was told that he had appendicitis, but it had not yet burst.

He waited until after Christmas, and then returned to the hospital without insurance. They then did a CT scan that revealed it had burst, so he was admitted for an appendectomy.

Since it had burst, it was a messy surgery. His abdomen was full of infection and and mucous. It took 5 days in the hospital to get his white blood cell count to normal.

A week after returning home, Pete received a call from the surgeon stating that the pathology report came back that showed his appendix tested positive for cancer, Adenocarcinoma. The oncologist reviewed the report, and advised Pete to schedule another surgery as soon as possible, since the cancer in his appendix may have spread throughout his body and since he was given an official diagnosis of colon cancer.

His colonoscopy after the appendectomy came back immaculate, which gave us hope that the cancer did not spread. However, after talking to the surgeon, we found that he has true appendix cancer, which is far more aggressive than colon cancer, and very rare.

Last Tuesday, he was admitted for surgery to check his lymph nodes and clean out anything that might have been left behind from his appendectomy.

During surgery, another tumor was found pressed against his bowels, which required removal of half of his small intestine and part of his colon. They advised him that there was an enormous amount of cancer found in his body, and labeled him as having Stage 3 Colon cancer.

In two weeks, Pete will start chemotherapy. Both intravenously and through pill form to try to kill microscopic cancer cells that could not be removed, as well as a small mass that was found on his lung that hasn’t been tested yet. We are hoping that with treatment, he will be completely cancer free. They gave him a 40% chance of the cancer returning.

Pete was advised to stay on bed rest for 3 weeks following this surgery. Anyone that knows him, knows that he can’t stop, won’t stop.

We started this fundraiser against his will, since we knew he wouldn’t want to ask anyone for any type of help. The facts are that his insurance doesn’t kick in for another month, so he’s going to have crazy medical bills from multiple surgeries. He also needs time off of work while he’s going though chemo, whether he believes it or not, and his bills still have to get paid through this tough time. I am going to link the funds directly to him.

Pete is our family for life, and we would do just about anything to make sure he’s ok and taken care of. Im asking for donations to allow him to relax and recover on his journey to cancer-free.

Thank you to every donor!

Love,
Erika, Pete, Desi, and Krista. <3″

[via The PRP]

Rush Drummer Neil Peart Passes Away

Legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart has sadly passed away following a three and a half year battle with brain cancer. He was 67-years-old.

The band commented:

“It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma).

We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time.

Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name.

Rest in peace brother.

Neil Peart September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020”

Anders Odden (Satyricon, Cadaver) Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

Anders Odden (Satyricon, Cadaver) has revealed that he has been diagnosed with colon cancer. The musician has already undergone chemotherapy and is also scheduled to undergo surgery on January 6.

Odden said the following:

“I wanted to wait to tell you all about my condition until my surgery was done, but then I got this video clip. On my musical hero Lemmy’s, death date (28.12.2015) my friend Hank Von Hell is in Sweden raising money for the cancer cause with Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee. Getting this video was very touching and made me wanna share it with you to raise money for cancer research.

I was diagnosed with colon cancer the 3rd of October 2019. Since then I have done chemotherapy to shrink the tumor down so I can undergo surgery.

The surgery date is set to the 6th of January 2020. The doctors have told me that everything will go as planed and that I will get rid of this cancer. It’s a tough journey, but I am ready. Have a happy new year and I will see you when I am through. #cancer #coloncancer #cancerresearch #mikkeydee #hankvonhell #motorhead #riplemmykilmister #🤘😎🤘”

He also added the following in a separate post:

“It’s been a weird year – recorded a new fantastic @cadavertheband album with my new wingman, @dirkverbeuren. Ruled the metal festivals of the world with @satyriconofficial – Made my live comeback with Cadaver at @hellbotn_metalfest – then toured Norway with @haape and the legendary @tonyharnell – then, My life turned upside down the 3rd of October getting diagnosed with colon cancer- BUT – i am allready on the road to getting back- Surgery and recovery, then back out with new music and gigs! Thanks to all of you who have supported me this year – love you all – happy new year! #newyearseve #2020vision #2019reflections”

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I wanted to wait to tell you all about my condition until my surgery was done, but then I got this video clip. On my musical hero Lemmy’s, death date (28.12.2015) my friend Hank Von Hell is in Sweden raising money for the cancer cause with Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee. Getting this video was very touching and made me wanna share it with you to raise money for cancer research. I was diagnosed with colon cancer the 3rd of October 2019. Since then I have done chemotherapy to shrink the tumor down so I can undergo surgery. The surgery date is set to the 6th of January 2020. The doctors have told me that everything will go as planed and that I will get rid of this cancer. It’s a tough journey, but I am ready. Have a happy new year and I will see you when I am through. #cancer #coloncancer #cancerresearch #mikkeydee #hankvonhell #motorhead #riplemmykilmister #🤘😎🤘

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DevilDriver Frontman Dez Fafara’s Wife Anahstasia Given “Clean Bill Of Health” Following Cancer Surgery

Earlier this year, DevilDriver were forced to cancel a number of shows after frontman Dez Fafara’s wife/business partner, Anahstasia Fafara, was diagnosed with cancer. Now, Anahstasia has offered a new health update, saying she has been given a “clean bill of health” after undergoing surgery to remove the disease.

Anahstasia said the following:

“Today I want to share with all of you some Amazing News!
This may be a long post🤷‍♀️

Almost two months ago I was diagnosed with Invasive Malignant Melanoma aka Skin Cancer.

Most melanoma under the skin grows from left to right and mine was growing DOWN,which was not a good sign.
It surely what would have been a much longer time period meaning if we went by the doctors that tried to schedule my appointments months out but my pushy and loving bull of a Husband was not going to let that Cancer just grow in me, so he took matters in his own hands and was extremely involved and had appointments and surgeries scheduled within weeks!!

My surgery was successful🌟 A very large deep incision on my leg returned “Clean Margins” meaning they removed all the Cancer! We were awaiting tests from another incision on my lymph nodes which they removed to check if it had spread. I had an amazing surgical team in Doctor MATTHEW Selleck and his partner RN Garret … FYI as they wheeled me into surgery they were blasting Nirvana Lol I knew then I was in very good and capable hands!😁

Next was an intense months long waiting game as they went over with not one but three pathologists to determine why I had a few dark cells in with my lymph nodes that clearly were not melanoma but were of concern. After 3 pathologists and a round table of Oncology doctors reviewed my cells they all determined that indeed fair haired , light eyed people and others sometimes have some dark cells in the lymph nodes nodes and that these were not a concern to them -Just an Anomy..

this gave me and my family the Clean Bill of Health but I must be seen every four months for the rest of my life to have ultra sounds and scans. I wanted to thank everyone who showed myself and my family love and concern. I know there are many dealing with a much worse cases of this deadly disease all over the World, my empathy and heart goes out to all the families enduring, waiting on tests, having surgeries and basically living at hospitals to try and survive.
This has been a life changing event for myself, my husband and all of our close family.

You truly come to find out who cares and who doesn’t and I have had such an out pouring of love from both those I know and many whom I’ve never met and for this I’m grateful. Thank you for all my DM messages. I read every one.

My husband took incredible care of me, cooked , cleaned , did all the house hold chores as I remained upstairs and unable to walk (I’m still very shaky and can’t be on my feet for to long I get these crazy zingers ) and for this compassion and he already knows but I love you Bradley and eternally Thankful.

My sons Kaleb @kalebfafara and Simon @simonfafara were My Absolute Rocks, going as far as to help build a tiki bar downstairs where I could sit and play vinyl and sing Donna Summer greatest hits (she’s my favorite guilty pleasure but I dare you to put on her greatest hits and not jam!) they Kept me lifted and my Heart Full of Love and Positivity.
To Dan Devita at TKO who made me a Fuck Cancer playlist to jam in the tiki bar and I love you for this.
Also Thank You to Hilde at Ink Against Cancer @inkagainstcancer for the support.

I post this picture above to show you my family as Randy @drandallblythe checked on me daily along with our inner family, all of DevilDriver @nealfingtiemann @michaelspreitzer @fnaustile83 @official_ashes , Coal Chamber @nadjapeulen @mikeycoxofficial @meegsrascon every Oracle Mgmt artist all checked in on me constantly and kept my hopes up, my Mother and father in laws, sister and brother in-laws all for checking on me daily and for this I’m eternally grateful – I’m grateful for LIFE and every day here on Gaia that I can spend with family and friends. Life is precious, friends and family are precious, while your here learn to give, be empathetic, be generous and loving and always Stay Positive!
#FuckYouCancer #CancerFree #Sunscreen #InkAgainstCancer #MamaFafara”

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Part One ☝🏻 Today I want to share with all of you some Amazing News! This may be a long post🤷‍♀️ Almost two months ago I was diagnosed with Invasive Malignant Melanoma aka Skin Cancer. Most melanoma under the skin grows from left to right and mine was growing DOWN,which was not a good sign. It surely what would have been a much longer time period meaning if we went by the doctors that tried to schedule my appointments months out but my pushy and loving bull of a Husband was not going to let that Cancer just grow in me, so he took matters in his own hands and was extremely involved and had appointments and surgeries scheduled within weeks!! My surgery was successful🌟 A very large deep incision on my leg returned “Clean Margins” meaning they removed all the Cancer! We were awaiting tests from another incision on my lymph nodes which they removed to check if it had spread. I had an amazing surgical team in Doctor MATTHEW Selleck and his partner RN Garret … FYI as they wheeled me into surgery they were blasting Nirvana Lol I knew then I was in very good and capable hands!😁 Next was an intense months long waiting game as they went over with not one but three pathologists to determine why I had a few dark cells in with my lymph nodes that clearly were not melanoma but were of concern. After 3 pathologists and a round table of Oncology doctors reviewed my cells they all determined that indeed fair haired , light eyed people and others sometimes have some dark cells in the lymph nodes nodes and that these were not a concern to them -Just an Anomy.. this gave me and my family the Clean Bill of Health but I must be seen every four months for the rest of my life to have ultra sounds and scans. I wanted to thank everyone who showed myself and my family love and concern. I know there are many dealing with a much worse cases of this deadly disease all over the World, my empathy and heart goes out to all the families enduring, waiting on tests, having surgeries and basically living at hospitals to try and survive. This has been a life changing event for myself, my husband and all of our close family. See following post for Part 2

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Part 2 You truly come to find out who cares and who doesn’t and I have had such an out pouring of love from both those I know and many whom I’ve never met and for this I’m grateful. Thank you for all my DM messages. I read every one. My husband took incredible care of me, cooked , cleaned , did all the house hold chores as I remained upstairs and unable to walk (I’m still very shaky and can’t be on my feet for to long I get these crazy zingers ) and for this compassion and he already knows but I love you Bradley and eternally Thankful. My sons Kaleb @kalebfafara and Simon @simonfafara were My Absolute Rocks, going as far as to help build a tiki bar downstairs where I could sit and play vinyl and sing Donna Summer greatest hits (she’s my favorite guilty pleasure but I dare you to put on her greatest hits and not jam!) they Kept me lifted and my Heart Full of Love and Positivity. To Dan Devita at TKO who made me a Fuck Cancer playlist to jam in the tiki bar and I love you for this. Also Thank You to Hilde at Ink Against Cancer @inkagainstcancer for the support. I post this picture above to show you my family as Randy @drandallblythe checked on me daily along with our inner family, all of DevilDriver @nealfingtiemann @michaelspreitzer @fnaustile83 @official_ashes , Coal Chamber @nadjapeulen @mikeycoxofficial @meegsrascon every Oracle Mgmt artist all checked in on me constantly and kept my hopes up, my Mother and father in laws, sister and brother in-laws all for checking on me daily and for this I’m eternally grateful – I’m grateful for LIFE and every day here on Gaia that I can spend with family and friends. Life is precious, friends and family are precious, while your here learn to give, be empathetic, be generous and loving and always Stay Positive! #FuckYouCancer #CancerFree #Sunscreen #InkAgainstCancer #MamaFafara

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine On His Battle With Throat Cancer: “I’m On The Other Side Of The Majority Of The Treatment, And I Feel Really Strong”

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine offered an update on his battle with throat cancer. The frontman said he is “on the other side of the majority of the treatment” and that he is feeling “really strong.”

Mustaine said the following about his current health:

“I’m on the other side of the majority of the treatment, and I feel really strong. After the radiation, the guy said all of my test results looked amazing. ‘You look like you’re in a stage 1 and you’re supposed to be in stage 3 right now.’ And then the oncologist said the same thing: ‘You look really strong.’ So we kept moving through the process.”

He also revealed how he found out about the cancer:

“I was on tour, and I just had some dental work done when I was at home. My teeth are really, really, really sensitive, because I’m a redhead. When I had a temporary crown replaced with a permanent one, I told the dentist, “It feels like they broke off one of those little pointy tools in my gum.” It just felt like something was wrong in my tooth area. So the dentist goes, “Well, you should go see an oral surgeon.”

So I see the oral surgeon, and he was such a cock. I was in the chair, and he looks at me and then he takes off. And I’m sitting there, and I’m waiting and waiting and waiting, and he comes back in and he goes, “It looks like the Big C. You need to go see an ear, nose, and throat doctor.” I was just stunned with his bedside manner; he was just such a dick. So I went out into my car and I was obviously very upset. And then I went back out on to the Experience Hendrix tour.

The friend of a guy I have an endorsement deal with is an ER guy, and he came out on tour to look at my throat. And he goes, “Oh, I see this 20 times a day. There’s nothing there. Just get it checked out when you get home.” And I went, “Thank God.” So I went and played the Hendrix stuff. I was having a blast. So when we were playing Florida, we go see an ENT and get checked out. Two weeks go by. I thought, “No news is good news, right?” So I finally get him on the phone, and he goes, “Oh, yeah. You have cancer.”

He added the following when asked if he is cleared to tour:

“Well, they didn’t say that. But they’re freaking out over how well I’ve healed. I’ve got people around the globe praying for me. I take good care of myself, and I don’t know how anybody can expect any other outcome than this, knowing me. I never settle for anything but complete success or, in this case, victory.”

Mustaine also talked about the support he has been receiving from friends, fans, and family, including fellow musicians:

“…It came as quite a surprise. A lot came from people that I knew but I didn’t know cared. Most notably, I got a text message back from my old brother, James Hetfield, and I was so, so happy to hear from him. Contrary to what anybody says and contrary to any of the act that we put on, I love James and I know that James loves me and cares about me. You can see that when the moment of truth is here and I’m telling the world that I’ve got a life-threatening disease. Who comes to stand next to me? James.

And I got a text message from Ozzy, and one from Paul Stanley. It was great to get one from Ozzy; I didn’t expect it from Paul Stanley. That was super bitchin’ because in the beginning, when Kiss first came out, I was just a kid and I loved them.

I’m really grateful for everybody. Even the people who have a hard time with my behavior and my big mouth, I’m just so grateful for them showing care for me. Like they say, at the end of the day, all we’ve got is each other here in this crazy metal community.”

He also revealed that Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, who previously had throat cancer, has given him support and advice as well:

“I didn’t sing yet. I spoke with Bruce [Dickinson] from Iron Maiden, and he said when he had his disease [a cancerous tumor on the back of his tongue], after his treatment was done, he was told that he needed between three to six months of rest. He said to me that he didn’t listen and had a little bit of trouble, so then he realized he needed to listen. So he did and his voice came back stronger than ever. I care so much about Bruce; he was another really supportive brother to me during this whole thing. He explained to me how he did it, and it really helped. I’m just looking forward to if there’s ever a circumstance where this happens to another one of my peers, I can return the favor and help them. It’s a tricky disease, but they’ve got doctors all over the place that are figuring this shit out.”

Mustaine went on to say Megadeth might release some new material around their European/UK tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves:

“We were planning on making a new record, but because of the cancer visiting our camp, we’ve had to recalibrate things. The management had suggested we record a few songs prior to going out with the Five Finger Death Punch guys. They had suggested we record three songs as “early offerings.” The other thing, too, is I’ve been going over my new book with my cowriter Joel Selvin. We’re talking about the making of ‘Rust in Peace‘. So I’m reliving that and listening to the music.

So right now, I’m bleeding Rust in Peace. That’s one of the reasons why I can’t wait to get ahold of my guitar because I’m just so excited and so thrilled that I’ve got this adrenaline stuff that’s going on right now like crazy. I just finished the part in the book where I started doing the whole skydiving, and I don’t know if you’ve ever skydived, but what a fun thing to do. What a rush.”

You can read more from Mustaine over at Rolling Stone.

Eddie Van Halen Reportedly Released From Hospital Following Complications Related To His Cancer Treatments

According to TMZ, Eddie Van Halen has been released from the hospital after being admitted for complications related to his treatments for throat cancer. Sources close to the guitarist reportedly told the site that he was having intestinal issues and abdominal pain after having a reaction to the drugs. He was released on Sunday and is believed to be doing fine.