Hail Spirit Noir – Mayhem in Blue (Dark Essence Records, 28 October 2016)
Aenaon – Hypnosophy (code666, 25 November 2016)
Longtime readers should already be familiar with Hail Spirit Noir and Aenaon: both of these Greek avant-black bands’ second albums were reviewed right here about three years ago, after they were both released in early 2014. And very longtime readers may even recall that the HSN debut album was covered here when it came out back in 2012. All three of those records (all via Code666, sublabel of Italy’s Aural Music) ended up on my respective lists of those years’ top releases.
One band has since shifted to Norwegian label Dark Essence, but otherwise you’ll find that not much has changed for the bands’ third releases (each of which came out in late 2016), especially not in terms of quality — as you may have noticed, both of these once again made an appearance on my Top 16 of 2016 list. So without further ado, here are Mayhem in Blue and Hypnosophy!
Thursday 14 September through Sunday 17 September 2017
at Camp Hidden Valley, 4722 Mellow Rd, White Hall MD 21161
Weekend pass (includes on-site tent camping) $175; cabin bunks available for an additional charge; single-day tickets also available.
Shadow Woods Metal Fest, the Mid-Atlantic’s only open-air camping heavy metal gathering, is back for its third year featuring 39 bands from all genres and subgenres of heavy metal spread out over three days and four stages, tucked away in a summer camp in eastern Maryland.
Performers will include a few that we’ve written about before (like Castle, Green Elder, and Hexis), some we haven’t quite gotten around to YET (including Panopticon, Dead in the Manger, Foehammer, Nechochwen, Sloth Herder), and literally dozens more!