Shadow Woods Metal Fest: because nothing goes better with metal than camping

This September marks the first (and hopefully not the last) occurrence of Shadow Woods Metal Fest, a first-of-its-kind in the US mini-version of the Euro style open-air fests. The fest will be held in White Hall, MD about 30 minutes north of Baltimore. Thirty-six bands will perform over two days beginning September 25 and attendees …

Second Grimscape defies odds and slays anyway

Anyone who knows me, knows I don't give up on things I care about that easily. This year's Grimscape show was a trial by fire. First we had to move venues. Twice. And we lost our original headliner. But, that said, we found a home and regrouped and the results were nothing short of amazing. …

Windfaerer journeys into the unknown with Tenebrosum

New Jersey’s Windfaerer plays atmospheric “folkened “ black metal. I started listening to them when my friend Annie mentioned how amazing they were, and that I should probably book them sometime. I am still wondering why I have not done that yet. That said, until the right opportunity comes along, I thought it would be a …

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Iron Man and Yesterday’s Saints engage 11-city death and doom tour

Maryland doom/heavy rock statesmen Iron Man and Virginia's energetic death-power metal upstarts have teamed up for an 11-city tour of destruction through New England and the Midwest that begins in Washington, DC on March 12. It's a literal tour of death and doom. Get it? Anyway.... see cool tour poster below! If you've been to a …

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, …

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. Musically, today’s iteration of VON, …

Metallomusikum’s Top 14 albums for 2014

For our end of the year effort, Derek and I recorded a really funny best of albums for 2014 podcast. Then I immediately lost the audio file. Thanks technology! Anyway, we still wanted to share our countdown of best 14 albums for 2014. So here are our lists in narrative form! We can come to …

Don’t piss off Krampus: go to Krampusnacht show Dec. 5 at Sidebar

Friday, Dec. 5 Metallomusikum hosts a Krampusnacht concert of black metal blasphemy at The Sidebar. Bands include Dweller in the Valley (Frederick, MD); Ravn (Richmond, VA); Death Shroud (Radford, VA), Archael (Fredericksburg, VA) and Athame (Hagerstown, MD/Falling Waters WV). Check out the event page here. Don't know what a Krampus is? Perhaps you don't really …

Shadow Woods Metal Fest in the works for fall 2015

Metallomusikum will be hosting a metal and camping fest in September 2015. Details are still top secret at this point but rest assured we are working on a great inaugural fest! Go on over to http://shadowwoodsmetalfest.com/ and subscribe so that you can be updated on announcements as they happen. Metal. Camping. Bonfires, Adult beverages, perhaps? …