Promoters of the 2011 MARYLAND DEATH FEST, set to take place 5/27 through 29th, 2011 @ THE SONAR in Baltimore, Maryland have announced the first 10 bands booked for next years fest.
FROM MDF PROMOTERS:
More band announcements, including the beginning of headliner announcements, will be coming soon.
IMPALED NAZARENE (Finland)
CRIPPLE BASTARDS (Italy)
THE KILL (Australia)
FROM MDF PROMOTERS: The concept of Maryland Deathfest is simple: to bring to the United States the best and most extreme bands the underground has to offer. Never conforming to trends, or being limited by genre restrictions, Maryland Deathfest is a showcase of what extreme music, both new and old, is capable of. With an emphasis on diversity, the festival brings together the very best death metal, grindcore, black metal, thrash, experimental and hardcore bands from all around the world. With bands from all over the U.S. and Canada, and exclusive fly ins and rare appearances from some of the most in demand bands from Europe, Australia, and Japan, the diversity of the lineup is only surpassed by the diversity of Maryland Deathfest's rabid fan base, who annually travel from all over the world for a weekend of fun and music.
Since Maryland Deathfest's inception in 2003, festival organizers Ryan and Evan have continued to strive to bring together some of the most legendary bands in the scene and some of the most talked about up-and-coming bands in the underground for an unparalleled experience. Combining the DIY attitude of two young metal fans who are actually part of the scene instead of trying to exploit it, with a refreshing professional touch, Maryland Deathfest is year after year given high marks for being one of the best-run and most organized festivals around.
For more information, visit www.marylanddeathfest.com.
..and YES, U.S. gore grinders EXHUMED have returned..FROM BLABBERMOUTH.NET: Gore-metal originators EXHUMED have reformed after a five-year hiatus. The band — featuring founding and original member Matt Harvey on guitar and vocals along with returning members Leon Del Muerte (PHOBIA, MURDER CONSTRUCT) on bass and vocals, Wes Caley (UPHILL BATTLE) on guitar, and Danny Walker (INTRONAUT, MURDER CONSTRUCT, UPHILL BATTLE) on drums — will begin recording the follow-up to 2003's "Anatomy Is Destiny" this fall for a spring 2011 release.
Harvey commented on the reformation; "I'm totally fuckin' psyched to be making music with EXHUMED again, it's been way too long. After a few years off and away from the death metal scene, I feel rejuvenated and ready to hack, maim and kill once again.
"I wanted this to be a continuation of what the band was doing and was on its way to doing, not a reunion or some weird nostalgia thing, so the first person I started talking about this with was our guitarist Wes, who has been writing some great songs for the new album, and once he got the ball rolling with Leon and Danny, it came together quickly and easier than ever!"
He added, "We've been writing for the past few months, me in Hawaii, and the other guys in California, and now that I'm back on the mainland we'll be getting things together for album number four.
"We're all really excited about the new shit — it should combine the directness of 'Slaughtercult' and the intricacy of 'Anatomy...', so it's definitely gonna be our strongest record yet."
EXHUMED's first North American appearance will take place at next year's Maryland Deathfest. To commemorate the band's return to the stage, they are asking fans to pick the group's setlist. Suggestions are being welcomed on the band's MySpace page.
EXHUMED TALK TO TERRORIZER UK ABOUT RE UNION:"I'm stoked that the scene has kind of made a bit of room for bands that play the older style of death metal again," he said, "because I feel like EXHUMED have a lot more commonality with AUTOPSY than with ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, so it's killer that there're bands doing the older style again — as well as bands that continue to push the boundaries and progress the genre. And even the weird kid bands with too many words in their names seem like the more they progress, the more death metal they're getting, so I think that the whole zeitgeist of things is moving in the right direction. The death metal scene now is a much healthier place for us to be than it was in '05."
In addition to sole original member Harvey, EXHUMED's current lineup includes ex-PHOBIA man Leon Del Muerte on bass/vocals, former FATALIST guitarist Wes Caley and former INTRONAUT drummer Danny Walker.
"I think if I was working with the 'classic' lineup we'd be pretty limited as far as pursuing touring opportunities and really doing this full-on, the way that it has to be," Harvey said.
"I've been waiting like five-plus years to make a new record with Wes and Danny involved so that really got me fired up. And Leon is a great riff-writer and probably the best guy to have on tour with you ever, from a lot of perspectives. He keeps the rude alcoholic vibe that we all enjoy revelling in going strong!
"The writing has actually been really collaborative, with both Wes and I coming up with a ton of material, then working together with the other guys to cherry-pick the best of it to make the strongest record possible.
"I think we both kind of push each other to write more and better stuff; I'd hear one of his tracks and get blown away, so I'd have to get back to the drawing board and come up with something even heavier, so there's a bit of inspiration/healthy competition in the dynamic that's been really exciting. I also recently got to demo all the songs for Col [Jones, ex-EXHUMED drummer, currently drums in CRETIN, REPULSION, DEKAPITATOR] and the rest of CRETIN to get their feedback, which was really positive. They're some of my oldest friends and would definitely give it to me straight if the material wasn't up to snuff.
"We'll be getting together before recording this fall to rehearse and put all the pieces together."
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