This is a bummer for the thousands of metal fans — none of them, me — headed down Baltimore way for the annual Maryland Deathfest.
Black metal act Carpathian Forest’s frontman Nattefrost has been unable to gain entry into the United States due to the immigration laws.
Same old song and dance, people. How many good tours have been killed, and how many special shows, lessened, by the strictness of these immigration laws? Too many, I say.
The band’s remaining four members had been granted visas, and were still aiming to appear at Maryland Deathfest, but as a four-piece, with guitarist BloodPervertor taking on vocals.
Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, the embassy was not able to return drummer Kobro’s passport in time for the band to leave, so the band has been forced to pull out of the festival completely.
However, three members — guitarists Tchort and BloodPervertor and bassist Vrangsinn — will attend and make themselves available to talk to fans.
So that’s cool.
Bummer about the set, though. Carpathian Forest were one of the main reasons I wanted to attend the fest this year. But, alas, money.
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