Extol Unable To Play This Year’s ‘Furnace Fest’


Extol have announced that their plans to return to the U.S. for this year’s ‘Furnace Fest‘ have fallen apart. The outfit, who intended to play this weekend’s edition of the annual fest with fill-in vocalist Elisha Mullins (Fleshkiller, The Burial, etc.), ran into visa issues. Had they been successful, it would have marked the band’s first stateside performance in 18 years.

A statement issued by the Norwegian progressive death metallers today, September 20th, reads:

“We have got some very, very sad news for those going to Furnace Fest. We will unfortunately NOT be able to play at Furnace Fest 2023 for the simple reason that we did not get our visas in time. We have had no influence on the process going on at the immigration department, and so the kafkaesque process of obtaining visas has been out of our control.

We can hardly believe this surreal situation. We have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the visa process to finalize but to no avail. Furnace Fests inquiry to play this years festival is what sparked our decision to start playing live again, so needless to say, we feel terrible! It pains us to know that a lot you have spent your hard earned money to come see us play, and that we will not be able to be there.”

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