After a year and a half hiatus, Zud will return to the stage in less than two weeks to headline the first Shadow Woods metal festival on September 26, 2015.
The new open air, camping based metal fest takes place in White Hall Maryland, just north of Baltimore. With the likes of Midnight, Occultation, Wormreich, Dreadlords and Sangharsha and over two-dozen others at the two-day event, Shadow Woods can be expected to be a game changer in festivals held on the East Coast.
In regards to the fest, Zud frontman Justin Curtsinger states: “I think this fest is going to really wake up a lot of folks who gravitate towards this type of music into realizing that there is more to this stuff then this mundane excuse of a ‘metal’ lifestyle of getting trashed and watching horror movies or Metalocalypse or driving a Scion to MDF. I know there have been fests like this done semi-successfully on this scale out west and there have been attempts at it east of Chicago, but I think Shadows Woods is going to be something else all together. It is an honor to be a part of it.”
For those a bit further north, there will also be one more live performance from Zud for 2015; Halloween Night at Geno’s Rock Club in Portland, Maine. Support will come from Sangharsha (Kathmandu via NYC) and two other Portland locals, Sylvia and Mugwort.
“Both of these shows are going to be pretty special for Zud,” Curtsinger continues. “Zud has been on hiatus for two reasons, which maybe I’ll get into some other time, but, what matters for now is that it is back and ready to keep exploring further through this weird maze of obscure roads where it left off. I feel that the new lineup is much stronger than before and I am psyched to not only play these two shows with the new guns on board, but to see where we go together over the winter with new material.
“It has been a very long and strange journey already, but my gut tells me that what has been told so far for Zud is only the first chapter or two of a much longer and insanely wild story… While we will NOT be performing any new material live this Fall, everyone can definitely expect some very unexpected surprises which will be breaking a lot of these supposed ‘extreme metal rules or laws’ which seem to almost govern what is ‘trve’ and what isn’t, or whatever other bullshit in extreme metal, more and more as time goes on. Otherwise, stay tuned for new stuff in 2016.”
Zud’s previous album “The Good, The Bad And The Damned” can be heard below, and you can catch the group live on these dates:
9/26/2015 Shadow Woods Metal Festival – White Hall, MD
10/31/2015 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME w/ Sylvia, Sangharsha, Mugwort