It is with sadness, frustration and ultimately exhaustion, I must announce Brothers of Metal will not be able to join us in Atlanta this year. We simply could not overcome all the bureaucratic red tape and governmental obstacles placed in front of us. In addition, pandemic-related delays & current events in Europe contributed even further stressful issues that were unprecedented in our twenty-year history. We exhausted all efforts to resolve the situation, including paying an additional fee to expedite the visa process. For every successful step we took forward, we were forced to take two steps back. As we have experienced previously with the visa process, there are some things out of our control regardless of how much time, money, and effort we put into it. 

For those of you unaware of how difficult the process can be, I refer you to an article involving the band, Lord of the Lost, as an example:
The Gauntlet – Lord of the Lost Tour Cancelled

The band and I have agreed we will both make every effort for Brothers of Metal to appear in the future at the festival. A replacement band for this year will be announced as soon as possible.