Shadow Woods Metal Fest has added German metal duo, Mantar, for a special appearance Thursday, September 15th. The pair joins the mysterious Ghost Bath, Canada’s Numenoren, Baltimore’s Darsombra and several others to kick off the three-day event, which continues through the morning of Sunday, September 18th at Camp Hidden Valley, in White Hall, Maryland. Now in its second year, Shadow Woods Metal Fest will host 41 metal bands, representing diverse subgenres, on three stages at the same charming summer camp where the fest was held previously.
Says festival organizer Mary Spiro:
Mantar, who will be on tour with Cobalt this fall, had a free day that Thursday that fit perfectly into the schedule. Mantar blew everyone’s mind at the 2015 Maryland Deathfest, and Shadow Woods Metal Fest is extremely excited and deeply honored to have them help launch our second party in the woods.
The entire festival line-up is stacked. Friday night headliners include Brooklyn’s post black metal pillagers Tombs, Mongolian folk metal warriors Tengger Cavalry, Detroit’s -death conjurers Acid Witch, and a special reunion performance from Philly’s blackened doom two-piece Sadgiqacea. On Saturday, black-thrash alchemists Blood Storm, Chicago’s mystic black metal kings Empyreus, and Maryland’s doom metal godfather Scott “Wino” Weinrich and friends from Faith In Jane will headline Saturday night. The fest will close that night with the return of Maine’s black metal-blues shredders, Zud.
This year’s Shadow Woods Metal Fest lineup also boasts several acts that have never performed on the East Coast, such as the blackened space-pair Lotus Thief from San Francisco, which features Otrebor of Botanist on drums, and Colorado’s Helleborus, powered by the Houseman brothers (Akhenaten; ex-Execration), who specializes in psychedelic black metal tinged with sexual mysticism. The complete line-up (listed below) surpasses the ferocity of the fest’s inaugural installment in both diversity and scope of metal styles.
On the Menu:
Attendees will be able to munch of a plethora of food choices throughout the weekend including the return of the high octane Zeke’s Coffee, vegan selections from Headbangin’ Hotdogs, gourmet snacks from Baltimore’s Clementine, and more traditional fair foods from Funtastic Foods and Pond View Pit Beef.
Sponsors and Activities:
Along with sponsors Grimoire Records, vendors so far this year featured in the Hall Stage building include Runk the Skunk Jewelry, FTG Illustrations, Barnacle Bones Bindery, FiberParty KnitWorks, Mount Vernon Body Art and a variety of other music and arts producers. Yoga sessions will again be held every morning for those willing to brave a downward dog with a hangover and other workshops TBA have also been planned. The fest is BYOB and is 21 and up only.
Weekend Passes for Shadow Woods Metal Fest are available for $130 at BrownPaperTickets.com.
Tent camping is included with the weekend pass. People who want to reserve cabin beds can do so for an additional $20 for the duration of the fest. Only 400 weekend passes will be available and about one-third have sold so far. A limited number of day passes will go on sale in August.
Shadow Woods Metal Fest 2016 Complete Line-up:
A SOUND OF THUNDER (DC) **traditional old-school
ATHAME (MD/WV) **black
AT THE GRAVES (MD) **solo doom-sludge
ACID WITCH (Detroit) **horror death
BLOOD STORM (PA/TX) **black thrash
BOUND BY THE GRAVE (Baltimore) *death
CEMETERY FILTH (TN) ** death
CEMETERY PISS (Baltimore) **black
COFFIN DUST (Philadelphia) **death
CORPSE LIGHT (Baltimore) *doom
DARSOMBRA (MD) **psychedelic drone
DESTROYER OF LIGHT (Austin, TX) **sludge
EMPYREUS (Chicago) **black
FAITH IN JANE featuring WINO (MD) ** doom trio joined by the godfather of the sound
GENEVIEVE (MD) **experimental black
GHOST BATH (ND) **suicidal depressive black
GRAVE GNOSIS (St. Petersburg, FL) **black
HAXEN (Rhode Island) **black
HELGAMITE (VA) **doom/stoner/sludge
HELLEBORUS (Manitou Springs, CO) **black
HERON (NC) **black
HORSESKULL (NC) **sludge/doom
LOTUS THIEF (CA) **blackened space rock
MANTAR (GERMANY)**power sludge
MYOPIC (DC) **death/doom
NUMENOREAN (Calgary, AB) **post-black
SADGIQACEA (Philadelphia) **doom/sludge/black
SADISTIC VISION (PA/NC) **death
SAPREMIA (New Jersey) **death
SURGEON (Philadelphia) **progressive
TELOCH VOVIN (NY) **black
TEMPLE OF VOID (Detroit) **doom
TENGGER CAVALRY (NY/CHINA) ** Mongolian folk
T.O.M.B. (Philadelphia) **ritual noise
TOMBS (Brooklyn) ** black/post-metal
TORRID HUSK (WV) **depressive/melodic black
WINDFAERER (NJ) ** Iberian folk metal
WIZARD EYE (PA) **doom
XEUKATRE (Baltimore) **black
ZUD (Maine) ** black
Rock Hard \m/