Mar 212017


We’ve been following the evolution of the Shadow Woods Metal Fest since before its inaugural appearance in 2015, and have published lively reviews and photos from the first two fests (here and here), thanks to our contributor Kaptain Carbon, who has had a hell of a great time at both of them. The next edition of Shadow Woods Metal Fest in Maryland shows all signs of being another fantastic event.

In mid-February we reported on the first 20 bands confirmed to appear at the 2017 edition of the festival, and now Shadow Woods has announced the complete line-up. Among the new names that have now been announced are Uada, Woe, Dead In the Manger, Infera Bruo, Nechochwen, and Withered. Here’s the complete list of all 39 bands in alphabetical order — which is a super-strong group of names:

Aerial Ruin ­ Portland, OR (Ritual folk)
All Hell ­ Asheville, NC (Crusty black metal)
Amigo the Devil ­ Spicewood, TX (Dark folk) **
Bearstorm ­ Richmond, VA (Blackened southern death­prog)
Black Table ­ NY/NJ (Progressive black metal)
Castle ­ San Francisco, CA (Heavy doom metal)
Churchburn ­ Pawtucket, RI (Blackened sludge) **
Cut the Architect’s Hand ­ Richmond, VA (Death metal)
Dark Water Transit ­ Baltimore, MD (Instrumental heavy rock)
Dead in the Manger ­ coast to coast ­ (Blackened grind) **
Dee Calhoun ­ Frederick, MD (Acoustic; vocalist of Iron Man)
Earthling ­ Richmond, VA (Thrash metal)
Elagabalus ­ Baltimore, MD (Experimental metal 2­piece)
Erlkonig ­ Baltimore, MD (Blackened death metal)
Fiakra ­ Freehold, NJ (LARPower metal)
Foehammer ­ Annandale, VA (Sludge)
Green Elder/Paul Ravenwood ­ Johnson City, TN ­ (Nature folk)
Heavy Temple ­ Philadelphia, PA (Psychedelic­doomed rock)
Hexis ­ Copenhagen, Denmark (Hardcore/black metal)
Human Bodies ­ Boston, MA (Crusty blackened hardcore)
Immaculate Deception ­ Baltimore, MD (Death metal)
Infera Bruo ­ Boston, MA (Black metal)
Kyoty ­ Dover, NH ­ (Instrumental post metal)
Mome ­ Portland, ME (Power psych rock)
Nechochwen “unplugged” ­ Wheeling, WV (Appalachian acoustic folk metal) **
Night Raids ­ Philadelphia, PA (Thrash/grind)
Panopticon ­ KY/MN (Black folk metal) **
Percussor ­ PA/DE (Old school death metal)
Seasick Gladiator ­ Washington, DC (Experimental doom prog)
Sloth Herder ­ PA/VA/MD (Sludge grind)
Take to the Woods/Jo Cosgrove ­ Baltimore, MD (Dark folk)
The Owls Are Not What They Seem ­ York, PA (Ritual noise)
Toke ­ Cape Fear, NC (Stoner doom)
Uada ­ Portland, OR (Black metal) **
Vastum ­ San Francisco, CA (Death metal) **
Withered ­Atlanta, GA (Black/death metal) **
Woe ­ Brooklyn, NY (Black metal) **
Worthless­ NY/NJ (Black metal) **
ZUD ­ Portland, ME (Black and blues metal)

The festival will run from Thursday, September 14th, through Sunday, September 17th, at Camp Hidden Valley in White Hall, Maryland. I think this overview from the festival is worth repeating:

Beginning on Thursday night, the Pavilion stage will light up and set the tone to the weekend with all­acoustic and intimate performances with Texas dark­folk maudit AMIGO THE DEVIL, Portland’s dark­folk soloist AERIAL RUIN and West Virginia’s Appalachian folk duo, NECHOCHWEN.

Friday includes exclusive performances by Oregon’s haunting black metal band UADA and Georgia’s tortured blackened death quartet WITHERED.

On Saturday, as darkness falls over the Woodland Stage, atmospheric blackened folk giants PANTOPICON will play an exclusive, 70­minute set under the backdrop of the stars. Brooklyn black metal titans WOE, Rhode Island sludgy­doom foursome CHURCHBURN, mysterious blackened grind band DEAD IN THE MANGER (one of two east coast shows), and San Francisco extreme death quintet VASTUM (one of two east coast shows), will all deliver exclusive performances to SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST.

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