Primordial Play at Maryland Deathfest, US Tour Dates with Bloodbath, Archgoat, and Severe Torture This Week



Dublin-based pagan metal legends, Primordial, performed at the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, Maryland on May 26th. The festival appearance will then be followed by four special shows supporting Bloodbath. The short live run begins on May 28th in Chicago, continuing through Seattle, Mesa, and Los Angeles. Primordial are touring in continued support of their latest Metal Blade Records album, How It Ends. Additional support comes from Archgoat and Severe Torture. Keep reading below for live listings and more.
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Mayhem Shares Official Live Video for “Deathcrush” Ahead of Special 40th Anniversary Double-Header in Oslo


True Norwegian black metal pioneer Mayhem will be performing two very special 40th anniversary sets in their hometown of Oslo (NO) at Sentrum Scene on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, with the first night already entirely SOLD OUT! Limited tickets are still available for the Saturday performance, so hurry up and get yours before its too late! In celebration of this monumental double-header, the band is now sharing the official live video for the song “Deathcrush,” which is taken from the band’s latest live album, ‘Daemonic Rites.’ The clip can be seen here:Continue reading


PODCAST: The Weekly Ritual Rock and Metal News Show Live 4-12-24


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INTERVIEW: Tommy Victor of Prong on Their Next Album, Touring with Danzig, and More


Ghost Cult caught up with frequent interviewee and metal legend Tommy Victor of Prong! We were at Aftershock festival where Tommy was doing double duty with Prong and Danzig this weekend. Tommy discussed touring with his own band and Danzig, the US festival circuit, performing an album in full live versus a legacy “hits” set, the challenges of playing the classic Danzig guitar solos by John Christ, the progress of the new Prong album, and more!

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Maryland Deathfest to Return in 2024


Gorguts at MDF 2014, photo by Hillarie Jason Photography

In a statement posted on social media, Maryland Deathfest has announced they will return! After a hiatus for 2023 the fest will return from May 23rd to May 26th, 2024. In a message to fans the co-founders of MDF discussed the hiatus and the the return as well as new dates for 2024. MDF 2024 will be their 20th fest in Baltimore. They did announce that aftert the upcoming London Desertfest, they are discontinuing all other festivals they have put on, Netherlands Deathfest, California Deathfest, and more will be no more. You can read a statement from the co-founders Ryan and Evan, below. MDF has operated for almost 20 years, put on 19 fests, and expanded to a global footprint, all while giving a greater voice to Death Metal, Avant-Garde Metal, Stoner Doom, and more genres, perhaps as much or more than any fest in the world. Continue reading


Maryland Deathfest and Their Related Metalfests to Go On Hiatus in 2023


Gorguts at MDF 2014, photo by Hillarie Jason Photography

In a statement posted on social media, Maryland Deathfest is going on hiatus after the next MDF event in May 2022. That means in 2023 all of their related festivals are going on hiatus, including MDF, Netherlands Deathfest, California Deathfest, and more. You can read a statement from the co-founders Ryan and Evan, below. MDF has operated for almost 20 years, put on 19 fests, and expanded to a global footprint, all while giving a greater voice to Death Metal, Avant-Garde Metal, Stoner Doom, and more genres, perhaps as much or more than any fest in the world. Continue reading


California Deathfest Announces Complete 2022 Lineup


 

From the makers of Maryland Deathfest, California Deathfest 2022 (aka CDF VI) has confirmed its final bands for the fest to complete its killer bill. The event takes place January 28-30 at 1720 E 16th St in Los Angeles, CA and features Autopsy, Pentagram (Chile) Onslaught, Mortician, Skinless, Vile, Sacramentum, Decrepit Birth, and more!Continue reading


Maryland Deathfest is Postponed Once Again, Now Booked for 2022


Gorguts at MDF 2014, photo by Hillarie Jason Photography

As we are starting to see the cancelations and postponements of tours and festivals for the summer of 2021, the list of rebooked fests is beginning to grow. Maryland Deathfest has forgone attempting to host a 2021 festival and instead will take place next in 2022. The festival made an announcement on social media detailing its plans.

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Maryland Deathfest Launches Fundraiser Campaign, 2021 Fest Dates Set


With the cancelation of the venerable Maryland Deathfest this year, now rescheduled to 2021, the fest’s organizers are scrambling to offset the loss of income and other associated hardships. They have done so much for our scene in America and now all over the globe. MDF is now offering a fundraiser for an exclusive shirt and several donation options to help them out, so if you can afford to give, please do. Continue reading


Maryland Death Fest Cancels 2020, and Rebooks 90% of the Bands for 2021


 

Maryland Deathfest organizers postponed this year’s festival. They have just announced new dates for 2021 (May 27-30, 2021) and revealed that almost the full 2020 lineup will play. The new dates for MDF XVIII are May 27-30, 2021. Also, take a look at our massive recap and photo set from MDF 2019 by Hillarie Jason.Continue reading