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.

ShadowWoodsMetalFestPoster(LineUp)

“The U.S. has big fests like Coachella that involve camping, but they don’t feature any bands I want to see,” said lead organizer Mary Spiro who runs the Metallomusikum.com blog and who occasionally books shows in Baltimore, MD. “We also have great metal fests like Maryland Deathfest and Martydoom, but those events happen on parking lots or inside of venues. I wanted to experience the music I loved in a more aesthetically pleasing environment.”

After attending the California festival Stella Natura held in the Tahoe National Forest in 2013, she was further inspired to pursue her dream. “Stella Natura was a case study for me and helped me form sort of an overall vision for the event. Initially, all I wanted to do was to get a small group of bands I liked together for a weekend, maybe at a farm or something. But apparently I don’t know anyone willing to offer up their private property for such shenanigans,” she said.

It took her more than a year to find a good location to hold Shadow Woods Metal Fest, which turned out to be a camp used primarily for children’s summer programs. Mountain Lake Summer Camp caters to kids from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but off-season the owners rent to groups. The property has cabins, a lodge, electricity, indoor plumbing, a professional kitchen and cafeteria and is located adjacent to a swimmable lake. Attendees can tent camp on the grounds or bid to stay in one of six large cabins that can house up to 12 adults each.

Spiro assembled a team of enthusiastic promoters and others with expertise in fields such as sound, event security and hospitality to help make Shadow Woods Metal Fest a reality. The fest is co-hosted with Metallomusikum by Lokvlt Productions in Philadelphia, WinterForge Promotions in Pittsburgh, Leftover Pizza Productions in Frederick, MD and Slimehole/Strange Matter in Richmond, VA. Bands chosen to perform reflect some of the best in metal, experimental and neofolk in the mid-Atlantic region.

“There are not many outdoor metal festivals on the East Coast that aim to offer a variety of underground metal bands in an intimate setting. Shadow Woods Metal Fest beckons those to come witness what is brilliant and wild about metal in this decade,” said Christopher Woodford of WinterForge Promotions.

Some hope the gathering will offer opportunities to explore one’s spiritual side.

“This music fest is a crucible of underground metal, an affirmation of alternative ways of being, and a congregation of kindred spirits. To me, it is a beacon of hope and health in a dark and confused world,” said Annie C. Humphrey of Lokvlt. Humphrey will present a workshop on runes during the fest.

Leading underground record labels will vend at the fest and have shown support for its mission.

“A multi-day festival on the East Coast featuring an eclectic lineup of bands from across the underground metal, folk and experimental spectrum is a rare enough thing, but one that has been as thoughtfully curated as the inaugural Shadow Woods Fest promises to be a particularly unique and exciting event,” said Adam Wright, founder of Crucial Blast Records and a member of the fest’s planning group. “Anyone into the more atmospheric fringes of the extreme music scene should definitely be marking off their calendars for this.”

Visit Shadow Woods Metal Fest on the web at

http://shadowwoodsmetalfest.com/
On Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/shadowwoodsmetalfest

Tweet about the fest with #SWMF2015

Here is the FULL LINEUP

Anagnorisis (Louisville, KY)
–American Black Metal; unsigned
http://www.anagnorisis.com/

Anicon (New York, NY)
–black metal; unsigned
https://anicon.bandcamp.com/

Ashagal (New Hope, PA)
–Ritual folk; unsigned
http://www.ashagal.net/

Bridesmaid (Columbus, OH)
–Instrumental Doom-Sludge; unsigned
https://bridesmaid.bandcamp.com/album/breakfast-at-riffanys

Cladonia Rangiferina (Lynchburg, VA)
— ritual black metal, doom, acid rock; unsigned
https://www.facebook.com/reindeermoss

Dendritic Arbor (Pittsburgh, PA)
–black metal + powerviolence; Unholy Anarchy Records
https://dendriticarbors.bandcamp.com/album/sylvan-matriarch

Destroying Angel (Philadelphia, PA)-
–Folk music for exorcisms; unsigned
https://destroyingangel.bandcamp.com/

Dreadlords (Philadelphia, PA)
–Ritual black metal blues; Not Just Religious Music
https://dreadlords.bandcamp.com/

Dweller in the Valley (Frederick, MD)
–Black, death, doom; Grimoire Records
https://dwellerinthevalley.bandcamp.com/

Existentium (Baltimore, MD)
–melodic technical death metal; unsigned
https://existentium.bandcamp.com/album/decadent-desecration

Falls of Rauros (Portland, ME)
–folk/atmospheric black metal; Bindrune Recordings
https://fallsofrauros.bandcamp.com/

Fin (Chicago, IL)
–black metal; unsigned
https://www.facebook.com/pages/FIN/287496941295269

Heavy Temple (Philadelphia, PA)
–psychedelic doom; Vàn Records
https://heavytemple.bandcamp.com/

Hivelords (Philadelphia, PA)
— experimental psychedelic black doom; Anthropic Records
https://hivelords.bandcamp.com/

Immortal Bird (Chicago, IL)
–black/death metal; unsigned
https://immortalbird.bandcamp.com/

Iron Man (MD)
–doom metal/heavy rock; Rise Above Records
http://www.riseaboverecords.com/artists/riseaboveartists/ironman/

Menace Ruine (Montreal, Quebec)
–avant-garde drone black metal; Profound Lore Records
https://menaceruine.bandcamp.com/

Midnight (Cleveland, Ohio)
–Black heavy metal; Hells Headbangers Records
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Midnight/87909491643

Occultation (New York, NY)
–doom metal; Profound Lore Records
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occultation/127574070630828?fref=ts

Oneirogen (New York, NY)
— dark, doom, drone; Denovali, Shinkoyo
https://oneirogenvoid.bandcamp.com/

Psalm Zero (New York, NY)
–experimental black doom; Profound Lore Records
https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-drain

Sentience (Woodland Park, NJ)
–death metal; unsigned
https://sentiencedeathmetal.bandcamp.com/

Slagstorm (Hagerstown, MD)
–prehistoric doom thrash; unsigned
https://www.facebook.com/tarpit.of.doom

Snakefeast (Baltimore, MD)
–jazz metal sludge; Grimoire Records
https://snakefeast.bandcamp.com/

Stone Breath (Red Lion, PA)
–experimental folk; Hand/Eye Records
https://stonebreath.bandcamp.com/music

The Day of the Beast (Virginia Beach, VA)
–blackened death metal; unsigned
https://thedayofthebeast.bandcamp.com/album/the-day-of-the-beast

The Expanding Man (Baltimore, MD)
–solo improvisational electronic soundscapes; unsigned
https://soundcloud.com/theexpandingman/sets/pyramid-ep

The Flight of Sleipnir (Denver, CO)
–black metal; Napalm Records
http://www.theflightofsleipnir.com/news.html

The Owls Are Not What They Seem (York, PA)
–experimental ritual soundscapes; Eleventh Key
https://bleakvastness.bandcamp.com/

Tyrant’s Hand (Baltimore, MD)
–deathened black metal; Music For The Dead
https://tyrantshand.bandcamp.com/album/dystopia

Unsacred (Richmond, VA)
–savage black metal; Forcefield Records
http://forcefieldrecords.bandcamp.com/album/false-light

Velnias (Denver, CO)
–blackened folk/doom metal; Pesanta Urfolk
https://www.facebook.com/VelniasCult

Wormreich (Huntsville, AL & Nashville, TN)
–black metal; Moribund Records
https://www.facebook.com/wormreichofficial

ZUD (Portland, ME)
–bluesy outlaw black metal; unsigned
https://www.facebook.com/pages/ZUD/572368749452852

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About Mary Spiro

science and heavy metal blogger

Posted on February 11, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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