Shadow Woods Metal Fest IV (September 2018, White Hall MD)


Shadow Woods Metal Fest IV

Thursday 13 September through Saturday 15 September 2018

at Camp Hidden Valley, 4722 Mellow Rd, White Hall MD 21161

Weekend pass $130; single-day tickets $30-60 each; tent or cabin camping available for an additional charge.

Shadow Woods Metal Fest, the Mid-Atlantic’s only open-air camping heavy metal gathering, is back for a FOURTH year, featuring “over 40 of the underground’s leading bands, representing many genres and subgenres of heavy metal, folk, rock, experimental, and noise” on three alternating stages with no overlap.

After the fate of the festival was up in the air for a while following the sale of the summer camp that has been its home for the past few years, and (apparently) some issues ironing out details with a new venue, the folks at Shadow Woods are pleased to announce they will be returning once again to Camp Hidden Valley. Full line-up for the three-day fest can be found below.

More details: website | Facebook event page | Tickets

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Wrought Iron – Rejoice and Transcend (2014)


Wrought IronRejoice and Transcend (Grimoire Records, 24 June 2014)


Ever since the band was formed (which was at the end of 2011), and especially since they started playing live shows (the following spring), there’s been a significant amount of buzz surrounding Wrought Iron within Pittsburgh’s underground music scene. People who’ve caught their live shows (often appearing with some pretty big names, like Abigail Williams, Absu, Alcest, Dying Fetus, False, and Nachtmystium, just to name a few) have reported being spellbound by the ferocity as well as the raw talent on display.

Well, that — and one other thing too. It seems like whenever this band is being discussed, the performance of vocalist Kenny Snyder often gets brought up; several times I’ve witnessed certain people (without mentioning anyone specifically, but I will say it’s almost always been members of other local bands) trying to imitate the combined snarl-shriek-squawk that these folks affectionately refer to as “like a dying pterodactyl.”

Anyway. I personally may have been a little bit late to the party, but after hearing them recommended so highly for so long, I finally got the chance to see Wrought Iron last summer (and a couple more times since then). I was very impressed by what I saw and heard — they definitely lived up to the hype, no question about that. Fast-forward another year, and we find the band recording an album with Maryland’s Grimoire Records, which is being released digitally (as well as on CD or cassette) today.


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What To Do In Pittsburgh This Weekend (23-24 August 2012)

Guardian Alien, Starring, Low Man


at the 31st Street Pub

3101 Penn Ave. (Penn Ave @ 31st St. Bridge), Pittsburgh


Thursday 23 August 2012 | 9:00pm | 21+ only | $5

The psychedelic swirls of space-rockers Guardian Alien (Thrill Jockey Records, from Brooklyn NY, featuring Greg Fox of Liturgy) are writhing their way to Pittsburgh, bringing with them Starring (Northern Spy Records, from Oberlin College), an amped-up, proggy krautrock band. Opening for the double billing of punk-powered weed-wizards are Pittsburgh’s own stoner punks, Low Man, who are celebrating last week’s release of their self-titled EP (see below to stream/download).


For more show details, or to RSVP, click here and here.



Allure of the Earth Productions presents:

Abigail Williams‘ Last Ever Northeastern U.S. Appearance

with Anagnorisis and Lythem


at The Smiling Moose

1306 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh (South Side)


Friday 24 August 2012 | 8:00pm doors | $10 adv / $12 dos | 21+ only

There are only a handful of opportunities left to catch Abigail Williams on their farewell tour, so don’t miss your chance! Buy your tickets here, then RSVP here and here.