Monthly Archives: February 2015

Shadow Woods Metal Fest invites bands to campout in the Appalachian wilds

The concept of the open-air heavy metal music and camping fest, so popular in Europe, seems to be a rarity in America. Organizers of Shadow Woods Metal Fest plan to change that with their inaugural fest happening Sept 25-27, 2015 in Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania.

Shadow Woods Metal Fest features lead performances from Midnight, Falls of Rauros, Occultation, Menace Ruine, Velnias, Wormreich, Iron Man, Anagnorisis, The Flight of Sleipnir, Stone Breath and 24 other acts. Ninety early-bird weekend passes go on sale February 12 at noon for $82. After this initial sale, the remaining tickets will be $92. The fest showcases bands on two alternating stages all day Friday and Saturday. Workshops on topics such as runes, guitar maintenance, yoga and more will be offered and are included in the ticket price. Artists and record labels will be vending alongside several onsite food stands. Shadow Woods Metal Fest is BYOB and age restricted to 21+. Only 350 tickets will be sold. Get tickets here.

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Exclusive video and podcast premiere: VON’s Architects of Death

VON has been long recognized as one of America’s first black metal bands. And while co-founder Jason Ventura, known as VENIEN!!!, has remarked that that was really never the original intent of the band’s mission, VON remains squarely rooted in the history of USBM, whether they like it or not.

architects of deathMusically, today’s iteration of VON, seems to bear little resemblance to the primitive thrashing that VENIEN!!! and Goat laid out in the early 1990s. VENIEN!!! continues on bass and primary vocals, but he is now accompanied by guitarist Carter “HangMan” Grant and drummer Tony “Dirty Fvkn! Pistols” Mainiero.

A careful listen to the recent episodically released singles that the group has been unleashing on unsuspecting listeners since December 2014 will reveal the that heart of VON remains as twisted and malevolent as ever. This music is dark, threatening, aggressive and laced with the lyrical evilness that are trademarks of VON. Want to hear a musical reflection of the depravity of humankind in the 21st Century? Listen to some of the new VON songs.

Today, Metallomuskum is pleased to present an exclusive premier of the lucky 11th installment in VON’s musical diary from the album Dark Gods. This new track, “Architects of Death,” can be heard here.

The overall vibe of “Architects of Death” is highly reminiscent of early VON. But the mid-tempo pace and nerve wracking tension created by the interplay between the hissing cymbals and the airy guitar melody give it a more doomy aesthetic. Lyrically the track bodes of impending chaos: a common theme for VON.

The single “Architects of Death” can be purchased as a limited edition CD at www.vVurMzflessshhh.com and comes with two bonus tracks “Death” and “Burn” packaged inside of a limited edition, hand numbered 56-page Dark Gods comic book, illustrated by VENIEN!!! himself.

I spoke with VON’s delightful and candid drummer Dirty Fvkn! Pistols on Saturday afternoon. We covered important questions such as “is VON black metal?” and “how many guitarists do you really need in a band?” But seriously give the interview a listen here!

Check out VON at their official website is www.RISEOFVON.com

Architects of Death Lyrics:
Abandon the constructs that haunt your mind
Accept the darkness the chaos inside
The black eyes watch over us as we destroy!
The heard overpopulates infections will grow
Release the plague, death has come
The ancients return to claim their sons
The Architects of the Black Death heed their call
Masters, creators, destroyers of all
The Architects of Death
The Architects of Death

Credits:
Taken from Dark Gods: Architects of Death (Comic Book+Audio CD Ltd Ed 25) from upcoming Volume II of III from the Dark Gods Trilogy.
Vocals: Jason “VENIEN!!!” Ventura
Background Vocals: Anthony “Dirty FvKn! Pistols” Mainiero & Carter “HangMan” Grant
Bass: Jason “VENIEN!!!” Ventura
Guitars: Carter “HangMan” Grant & John “Lord Giblete” Gonzales
Drums: Anthony “Dirty FvKn! Pistols” Mainiero
Lyrics & music written by: Jason “VENIEN!!!” Ventura
Produced by: Jason “VENIEN!!!” Ventura
Engineered, Mixed, & Mastered by: Jason “VENIEN!!!” Ventura at The PIT (Litchfield Park, AZ)
Recorded at: The PIT (Litchfield Park, AZ)
Release Date: Feb 9th 2015
Format: Exclusive Comic Book Audio CD
Label: Von Records
Buy at www.vVurMzflessshhh.com

 

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