Shadow Woods Metal Fest Announces Date & Venue Changes

The 2018 edition of Shadow Woods Metal Fest (aka Shadow Woods IV) had hoped to debut this year’s fest in a new location in Virginia, but it was not to be. The festival will return to the original Maryland location, Camp Hidden Valley. Due to changes in dates and venue, changes to the festival line-up had to be made.

Shadow Woods IV will now be held Sept 13-15, 2018 at Camp Hidden Valley (located at 4722 Mellow Rd. White Hall, MD) so that the fest could be presented in the manner that attendees have come to expect. All previously issued tickets will be honored for the new dates. Refunds will be given upon request by emailing

Here’s what’s new: UADA and Panzerfaust will no longer be able to play the fest; they will play the post-fest show on September 22 at The WindUp Space in Baltimore, along with Imperial Trimphant and two past fest favorites Night Raids and Dark Water Transit. Tombs will also not be able to play the fest and were not able to play a rescheduled event.

The remainder of the Shadow Woods IV lineup remains remarkably unchanged, and three new bands have been added. As in previous years, Camp Hidden Valley will feature three alternating stages, this time it will be Woodland, Pavilion and Hall.

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Outer Heaven Debuts New Song “Into Hellfire” From Upcoming Debut Album

Douglassville, Pennsylvania death metal band Outer Heaven debuts a new song entitled “Into Hellfire”, taken from the upcoming first LP, expected in 2018.

Check out now “Into Hellfire” below.

Catch Outer Heaven live on the following dates below:

10/7/17 w/ Left Cross, Anti-Christ Siege Machine @ Century Bar – Philadelphia
10/28/17 w/ Defeated Sanity, Perpetuated, Human Infection – Atlas Brew Works – D.C.
11/2/17 Immolation, Desolate, Summoning Hate @ Ralph’s Rock Diner – Worcester, MA
11/8/17 w/ Belphegor, Crytopsy, Hate @ Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia
12/1/17 South Jersey Metal Fest w/ Revocation, Nader Sadek, Cognitive @ Hotshots – New Jersey
2/24/18 Obnoxious Noise Fest w/ Internal Bleeding, Pyrexia, Implosive Disgorgence @ Amityville Music Hall – Long Island

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Details Of New Album “Great Olden Dynasty” Issued By Genus Ordinis Dei

Italian symphonic death metal act Genus Ordinis Dei will release the upcoming second full-length album entitled “Great Olden Dynasty” on November 24, 2017 via Eclipse Records.

The album features ten pummeling tracks of symphonic death-metal mastery, including Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) on guest vocals for the song “Salem.”

The cover art (shown below) for the album was designed by Andrea Spoto, and the album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Simone Mularoni (Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, DGM) at Domination Studio.

The track listing is:

1. The Unleashed
2. You Die In Roma
3. Cold Water
4. The Flemish Obituary
5. Sanctuary Burns
6. Morten
7. ID 13401
8. Halls of Human Delights
9. Salem (Feat. Cristina Scabbia)
10. Greyhouse

In 2016, Genus Ordinis Dei was invited to join European leg of the Delirium World Tour as opening act for Lacuna Coil, where they completed a five week endurance of 31 gigs in some of Europe’s most prestigious venues. The band has consistently performed throughout Europe in 2017, and recently announced the following shows, with more dates to be added soon:

October 20 – Lodi, IT @ Km298
November 24 – Diest, BE @ Moonlight Music Hall w/ Hell
December 16 – Pozzuoli (NA), IT @ Crash / Live To Rock Metal Fest

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Castle Kicking Off “Endless Graveyard” U.S. Tour Dates

Heavy doom/metal unit Castle will return to the road next week for the “Endless Graveyard” fall expedition. Slated to begin September 7th in Riverside, California and come to a close on September 30th in Colorado Springs, the band’s latest trek includes performances at Shadow Woods Metal Fest and Stoned Meadow Of Doom.

“We’re looking forward to taking a break from writing the new record and hitting the road for one more East Coast run this year to play Shadow Woods Metal Fest in White Hall, Maryland and Stoned Meadow Of Doom Fest in Sioux Falls, South Dakota,” issues the band. “Both fests offer all-out amazing lineups and we’re proud to be part of them. Plus, we’ll be playing lots of killer shows along the way and it’s very possible if you’re at the show you going to hear a new track or two.”

9/07/2017 Aurea Vista – Riverside, CA
9/08/2017 Tower Bar – San Diego, CA
9/09/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
9/10/2017 Blue Note – Oklahoma City, OK
9/11/2017 Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN
9/12/2017 The End – Nashville, TN
9/13/2017 Odditorium – Asheville, NC
9/14/2017 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/15/2017 Shadow Woods Metal Fest – White Hall, MD
9/16/2017 O’Brien’s – Boston, MA
9/17/2017 Cherry Street Station – Wallingford, CT
9/18/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – New York, NY
9/19/2017 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
9/20/2017 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
9/21/2017 Maple Grove – Cleveland, OH
9/22/2017 Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA
9/23/2017 Smalls – Detroit, MI
9/24/2017 Taps Live – Indianapolis, IN
9/25/2017 Northside Yacht Club – Cincinnati, OH
9/26/2017 FuBar – St. Louis, MO
9/27/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
9/29/2017 Stoned Meadow Of Doom Fest – Sioux Falls, SD
9/30/2017 Triple Nickel – Colorado Springs, CO

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Mass Destruction Metal Fest 2017 Details Announced

Mass Destruction Metal Fest – in partnership with A. Rippin’ Prodcution – today announces 15 extreme metal bands to perform at The Loft at Center Stage in Atlanta on November 3rd & 4th, 2017.

Announced bands include Demoncy, Macabre, Deceased, Brutality, Acheron, Profanatica, Demonic Christ, Loss, Morbosidad, Sacrocurse, Abazagorath, Tombstalker, Embalmer, Sadistic Vision, and Nocturnus AD.

“The goal from the onset was to bring a diverse lineup within the parameters of ‘Black and Death Metal’ home to the Atlanta fans,” said co-organizer Cody Martin. “Not everyone can travel the lengthy distances to other locations and partake in these experiences—now the south east region has extreme metal within driving distance!”

Tickets for Mass Destruction Metal Fest are $75 for a two-day pass, $45 for a single-day pass ($50 day-of-show) and can be purchased via Ticket Alternative or the Center Stage box office. Full info is available here.

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CEMR Metal Fest 2018 Open To Band Submissions

CEMR Metal Fest – presented by Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio – is now taking band applications to participate in the 2018 edition being held from May 4th to 6th at The Forge in Edmonton, AB.

For the last two years, CEMR Metal Fest has been hosting and showcasing some of Western Canada’s most talked about underground and independent metal bands such as Planet Eater, Display of Decay, Terrifier, WMD, Train Bugger Monkeys, Anarcheon, Van Halst and Vile Insignia to name a few.

Festival organizer and Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio station owner Chris Coutts comments: “CEMR was developed on the idea of supporting Canadian metal and we have been doing so via our online station, that being said, organizing a fest to showcase bands that should be on people’s radar seem perfectly fitting.”

Bands interested in performing at the 2018 CEMR MetalFest, please visit this location (submissions close on October 7th at 11:59pm MT).

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Beyond Creation Announces European Tour Dates With Virvum

Technical death metal band Beyond Creation just issued this announcement about gearing up for summer European touring:

“We are extremely happy to announce that we’ll be back in Europe this summer 2017 teaming up with our Swiss brothers in spirit, Virvum.

“The tour kicks off at the Hellfest Open Air Festival in Clisson France on June 18th and continues through 11 countries on the continent before its grand finale at the UK Tech-Metal Fest at the Newark Showground in Winthorpe on the 9th of July. See you soon!”

18 Jun 17 Clisson (FR) Hellfest

Beyond Creation w/Virvum:
20 Jun 17 Aarau (CH) Kiff (with The Black Dahlia Murder)
21 Jun 17 Bologna (IT) Alchemica Music Club
22 Jun 17 Ljubljana (SI) Orto Bar
24 Jun 17 Tuzla (BA) Club Palma
25 Jun 17 Sofia (BG) Live & Loud
26 Jun 17 Cluj-Napoca (RO) The Shelter
27 Jun 17 Kosice (SK) Colloseum
28 Jun 17 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
29 Jun 17 Wien (AT) Viper Room
30 Jun 17 München (DE) Feierwerk
01 Jul 17 Colmar (FR) Grillen (with Carcariass)
02 Jul 17 Utrecht (NL) dB’s

Beyond Creation Only
09 Jul 17 Winthorpe (UK) Newark Showground (UK Tech Fest 2017)

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Necrowretch Posts Full “Satanic Slavery” Album Stream

Necrowretch is now streaming new album “Satanic Slavery” in full ahead of this Friday’s April 14th release date via Season Of Mist. Regarding the album, guitarist and vocalist Vlad comments:

“Dear sinners! After three months of intense preaching, the time has come to unleash the entirety of our most dreadful offer: ‘Satanic Slavery.’ Today marks the day, on which we unleash a beast that we cannot contain anymore, a beast which incarnates a vision of extreme metal from whence we have never drifted. May this offering resound as your final doom! Satanas Sprawl!”

The band has also announced a European tour starting April 22nd and seeing the band performing across Lion’s Metal Fest, Steelfest, Forestfest, and Fall of Summer Festival.

Apr. 22 Istanbul, TR @ Peyote
Apr. 23 Izmir, TR @ Volume Alsancak
May 13 Montagny, FR @ Lions metal fest
May 19 Hyvinkää, FI @ Steelfest
Jun. 2 Puget-sur-Argens, FR @ Le Rat’s
Jun. 3 Avignon, FR @ Bandidos MC
Jul. 14 Chevenez, CH @ Forestfest
Sep. 8 Torcy, FR @ Fall of summer

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Ignea Posts Lyric Video, Announces Tour Dates

Ignea will support the release of first full-length album “The Sign of Faith” with tour dates in Ukraine. The tour includes single shows as well as many Ukrainian metal festivals; stay tuned for a second leg to be announced across central Europe.

08.04.2017 — Kharkiv, Akuna Matata
23.04.2017 — Kyiv, Monteray
29.04.2017 — Ternopil, Koza
XX.05.2017 — Chernivtsi, TBA
14.07.2017 — Chornomorsk, Black Sea Metal Fest
16.07.2017 — Dubno, Taras Bulba Fest
05.08.2017 — Zhmerynka, Kalyna u Vogni

Ignea state: “We are excited about the upcoming shows across our homeland and sharing stage with awesome bands. The response to the album has been great so far and we can’t wait to perform it live.“

Additionally, the band recently dropped a new lyric video for “Seytanu Akbar,” taken off “The Sign Of Faith,” which can be seen below.

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Khemmis Gearing Up For Weekend Shows Ahead Of Beer & Metal Fest

Denver-based doom metal outfit Khemmis will fly out to Chicago and New York City this week for two special shows in support of the “Hunted LP” as the album dominates year-end lists, including our list of best 2016 metal cover art.

“Hunted” was released through 20 Buck Spin in October. Khemmis will fly out to two special regional one-off gigs this week, with headlining shows in Chicago this Friday, January 13th, and in Brooklyn on Saturday the 14th.

These are the only confirmed performances from the band until Decibel Magazine’s Beer & Metal Fest in Philadelphia on April 22nd and 23rd with the likes of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Sleep, Pig Destroyer, Municipal Waste, Immolation, Krieg, and others. More widespread tour dates will be announced later in the year.

1/13/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL w/ High Priest, Huntsman
1/14/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Crypt Sermon [SOLD OUT]
4/22-23/2017 The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA @ Decibel Metal & Beer Fes

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