Spiral Grave Premiere “Out of My Head” Video; Legacy of the Anointed out Now

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 29th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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With veins pumping the dense blood of Maryland doom itself, Spiral Grave released their awaited debut album, Legacy of the Anointed, on July 16 through Argonauta Records. It is the culmination of two-plus years of work and a collaboration that goes back over a decade, as guitarist Will Rivera, formerly of Virginia chaos-conjurors Lord, joined together with the three remaining members of MD doom mainstays/elementals Iron Man following the passing in early 2018 of that band’s founding songwriter and guitarist, Alfred Morris III. As one might expect, Morris and Iron Man are a significant presence in the Noel Mueller of Grimoire Records-helmed Legacy of the Anointed, the very title of which acknowledges the band’s origins and the sense of duty they feel in carrying forward in the way they do across these eight songs.

Fair enough. Vocalist “Screaming Mad” Dee Calhoun, bassist “Iron” Louis Strachan, and drummer Jason “Mot” Waldmann, together with Rivera, form a presence of their own in bringing together classic metal and doomly traditionalism, offering some speedier moments that Iron Man likely wouldn’t dare in the early cut “Out of My Head” (video premiering below) as well as “Walking Talking Dead Man” and the closing salvo of “Tanglefoot” and “Abgrund,” though there’s plenty of nestled-in groove to coincide, whether it’s prior singles “Nothing” and “Walking Talking Dead Man,” or the opener “Nightmare on May Eve (Dunwich Pt. 1)” — a song with its own thrashier moments and no shortage of context to suit a band of whom the same could easily be said.

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The crucial work Spiral Grave do, however — and however they do it in a given track — is to move forward from the foundation of the members’ prior work. Due homage is paid, but Rivera is a much different guitarist than was Morris, and Lord (who also broke up in 2018) have a worthy back catalog to prove that along with the merit of his songwriting and aggression-tinged approach, well suited to a lyric like “Modern Day Golden Calf,” and the brooding bleakness of “Nothing” and “Your Enemy’s Enemy,” to say nothing of “Walking Talking Dead Man.”

It’s hard to know the timing on which songs were first and which were later, since even “Nothing,” which Salt of the Earth Records released as the band’s first single in 2019, arrives with some progressive flourish in the midsection instrumental stretch, but definitely by the time the four-piece are into “Tanglefoot” there’s a sense of the progress they’ve undertaken, CalhounWaldmann and Strachan pushing themselves to keep pace with the riffs in a way that isn’t struggling or conflicting, but gives a sense of undertaking a new style just the same. “Abgrund,” the longest cut at 8:15, has a similar metal-of-doom vibe, and hits its payoff — you’ll note the mad screaming from Calhoun — after about five minutes in, not just in answer to the two six-minute-plus songs that led off in “Nightmare on May Eve (Dunwich Pt. 1)” and “Modern Day Golden Calf,” but for the momentum of Legacy of the Anointed as a whole. The swing of “Out of My Head,” the hook and bass punch of “Nothing,” the shove of “Your Enemy’s Enemy”; all seem to find representation and summary in the final going of the album, and the flow from one to the next is palpable despite the purposeful bumps left in the road in the shifts from one part to the next.

The duality of Legacy of the Anointed becomes a defining feature, both stylistically and in terms of the band itself, these being experienced players embarking on something new together. One would not ask more of Spiral Grave than they give here, and in terms of giving that legacy of Iron Man its due while at the same time moving ahead to something willfully ‘else,’ these songs look forward more than back. As they should.

Calhoun offers a quote to go with the premiere of “Out of My Head” below. To it, I’ll just add that given the vitality of the band’s performances throughout the record, it’s fair enough to have the video represent them on stage.

Enjoy:

Spiral Grave, “Out of My Head” video premiere

Dee Calhoun on “Out of My Head”:

I think the cool thing about the video is we shot it at The Depot in Baltimore, which is where Spiral Grave played our first show, and where we did our single release when “Nothing” came out. So it just seemed like a cool thing to shoot that video in the same spot, and we were real happy with how it turned out. Had a real fun day that day.

Produced and engineered by Noel Mueller
Recorded at Tiny Castle Recording, Towson MD
Mastered by Doug Benson at Commodore Recording Studio, Thurmont MD

Spiral Grave are:
“Screaming Mad” Dee Calhoun – vocals
Willy Rivera – guitar
“Iron” Louis Strachan – bass
Jason “Mot” Waldmann – drums

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Torvus Releasing Dead Seasons Demo Next Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 18th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Take a quick gander at the Bandcamp page of Maryland death-doom rawness slingers Torvus and you’ll see in the sidebar they’ve listed a gig taking place July 2 at a castle in Slovakia. Well, I don’t think that’s true, and I don’t even know if travel to Nové Mesto nad Váhom is allowed at this point in time, but listening to the songs on Torvus‘ upcoming demo, Dead Seasons, I see where they’re coming from. The trio, which features Zak Suleri of Et Mors, Seasick Gladiator, and so on, offer a melancholic extremity that recalls early death-doom’s underproduced majesty, a ferocity of exploration and a fresh sense of ripe decay speaking to the deathly atmosphere surrounding.

As it happens, Torvus have been confirmed for what’s sadly being billed as the final Shadow Woods Metal Festival, to be held Aug. 27-28 out in the woods in White Hall, MD, where they’ll join a lineup diverse enough to include the likes of Panopticon and Borracho and Dave Heumann of Arbouretum, as well as a ton of others. Torvus have a slew of releases going back to 2015, among them the sophomore full-length The Innate Disease released in February and a split called House Arrest with Roanoke, Virginia’s Gravity Kong, but they’ve never been shy about putting out demos either. Maybe songs show up later, maybe they don’t. Not knowing is part of the fun.

And hey, maybe they’ll be in Slovakia in July, what do I know?

Info follows:

torvus dead seasons

New demo from the new era of TORVUS dropping on the 25th of June.

Five new tracks:

1. Stoned n’ Frosted 06:00
2. Las Gotas de la Felicidad 00:45
3. Dead Seasons 04:44
4. Obsolete 04:20
5. Words Within 04:34

Summer ’21 Demo.
Releases 6/25/21.

Songs written during Spring 2021. Recorded May 2021.

Joey McTorvus – Guitars, Vocals, Keys
Zak Cerulean – Bass, Vocals
Noktal – Drums, Vocals

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Zak Cerulean.

Cover art:
Photography by Carol Antezana.
Design by Zak Cerulean

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Torvus, Dead Seasons (2021)

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The Obsessed and The Skull Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 10th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Hot damn, The Obsessed and The Skull, co-headlining at what could’ve easily been dubbed the ‘Champions of Doom Tour’ but sadly was not. Neither are expected to have a new record out by the end of July — The Skull‘s The Endless Road Turns Dark (review here) came out in 2018, and The Obsessed released the bootleg-style Live at Big Dipper (review here) last year — but hell, at least they’re both getting out. The dates arrive with a stopover for The Obsessed‘s Wino to play a solo set at Ripplefest Texas 2021, and there are a couple shows where the two bands part ways for the night.

You’ll also note on Aug. 1 they have matinee and evening shows in Indianapolis and Louisville. That’s about an hour and 45 minutes down I-65 from one town to the other. Oldschool in more than just sound here, it would seem.

The PR wire brought dates and I didn’t even have to type them out myself! Amazing:

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THE OBSESSED And THE SKULL: Doom Rock Icons Announce US Co-Headlining Tour; Tickets On Sale Now!

THE OBSESSED and THE SKULL will join forces for a US co-headlining tour this Summer. Set to commence July 29th in Cleveland, Ohio, the doom rock caravan will wind its way through nearly two-dozen cities, drawing to a close on August 16th in Rochester, New York. Tickets are on sale now. See all confirmed dates below.

THE OBSESSED/THE SKULL:
7/29/2021 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH **
7/30/2021 Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee WI
7/31/2021 Cobra Lounge – Chicago IL
8/01/2021 Black Circle – Indianapolis, IN (matinee show)
8/01/2021 Diamond Pub – Louisville, KY (evening show)
8/02/2021 Brickyard Bar – Knoxville, TN
8/03/2021 Growlers – Memphis, TN
8/04/2021 George’s Majestic – Fayetteville, AR
8/05/2021 Bears – Shreveport, LA
8/06/2021 Division Brewery/Grrowl – Arlington, TX
8/07/2021 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX ##
8/07/2021 Ripple Fest @ Texas Ski Ranch – New Braunfels, TX ^^
8/08/2021 Lost Well – Austin, TX
8/09/2021 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX **
8/10/2021 Freetown Boom Boom Room – Lafayette, LA **
8/10/2021 Santos – New Orleans, LA ##
8/11/2021 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
8/12/2021 Pour House – Raleigh, NC
8/13/2021 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
8/14/2021 GoldSounds – Brooklyn, NY
8/15/2021 Alchemy – Providence, RI
8/16/2021 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
** THE OBSESSED only
## THE SKULL only
^^ WINO Solo

[poster by Gary Mader]

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The Obsessed, Sacred (2017)

The Skull, “Ravenswood” official lyric video

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Clutch Announce More Touring; Stöner, King Buffalo, Telekinetic Yeti and The Native Howl to Support

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 2nd, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Not unexpected, this news, but welcome. Clutch previously announced their winter tour with Stöner and are following up on that with two more legs of dates for which they’ll also be joined by King Buffalo and Telekinetic Yeti, where The Native Howl, as noted prior, will do the holiday run.

If you’re not marking this as a victory for the home team, you’re fucking up. That’s all there is to it. Tickets are on sale now.

Hot off the PR wire:

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CLUTCH EXTENDS 30 YEARS OF ROCK N ROLL TOUR

Clutch has extended its upcoming 30 Years of Rock & Roll Tour. The dates start Sep 8 in Norfolk, VA, and continue through New Year’s Eve in Cincinnati, OH.

Tickets are on sale now at clutchontour.com.

Supporting the tour will be STONER, the brand new band featuring Brant Bjork (Kyuss) and Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss). Dates will also include support from Telekinetic Yeti (leg 1), King Buffalo (leg 2) and Detroit natives and “thrash grass” pioneers, The Native Howl (leg 3).

CLUTCH Celebrating 30 Years of Rock N Roll Fall/Winter Tour Dates:

LEG 1 w/ Stoner & Telekinetic Yeti
Sep. 08 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Sep. 10 – Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Music Festival
Sep. 11 – Reading, PA – Reverb
Sep. 13 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
Sep. 14 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
Sep. 16 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Sep. 17 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
Sep. 18 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl

LEG 2 w/ Stoner & King Buffalo
Sep. 29 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Guys
Oct. 01 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
Oct. 02 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
Oct. 03 – Portland, ME – State Theater
Oct. 05 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Oct. 07 – Long Island, NY – Paramount Theater
Oct. 08 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Oct. 09 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino

Leg 3 w/ Stoner & The Native Howl
Dec. 27 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head
Dec. 28 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Dec. 29 – Cleveland, OH – Agoura Theatre
Dec. 30 – Detroit, MI – Filmore Theatre
Dec. 31 – Cincinnati, OH – The Icon

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion
CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

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Clutch, “Willie Nelson” official video

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Spiral Grave Post New Video; Legacy of the Anointed Preorder Available

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 28th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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Maryland/Virginia doomers Spiral Grave follow-up on the February announcement that they’d signed to Argonauta Records with the art, details, and first audio from their upcoming debut album, Legacy of the Anointed. As the title hints, the band are clearly taking seriously the task before them in living up to the doomly inheritance of their three-fourths association with Iron Man, as well as that of paying homage to that band’s founding guitarist, “Iron” Al Morris III. No minor consideration. They’ve been working their way toward the LP basically since their inception a couple years back, and as a fan both of Iron Man and guitarist Willy Rivera‘s former outfit Lord, to say I’ve been looking forward to this one is something of an understatement.

The PR wire has it like this:

spiral grave legacy of the anointed

SPIRAL GRAVE Reveal Album Details And Share Brand New Music Video!

Maryland/Virginia- based doom metal veterans SPIRAL GRAVE have finally revealed more details about their upcoming album, entitled Legacy of the Anointed.

SPIRAL GRAVE, comprised of extraordinary vocalist Screaming Mad Dee, Iron Louis Strachan (bass), Mot Waldmann on drums and former LORD guitarist Willy Rivera, was born in 2018 after the tragic death of their longtime band mate, Alfred Morris III, founding member of iconic IRON MAN.

Setting the mood for a classic heavy as hell and in your face doom, SPIRAL GRAVE quickly carved a place for themselves in North America’s heavy music scene, playing well-received sets at New England Stoner Doom Fest or the Maryland Doomfest. Ever since the release of their first single, Nothing, in mid-2019, fans have been impatiently waiting for the band’s first full-length album. But finally, the wait is over: SPIRAL GRAVE’s Legacy of the Anointed will be out on July 16, 2021 through Italy’s powerhouse label Argonauta Records!

Today, SPIRAL GRAVE have released a first music video taken from their upcoming debut. Says vocalist “Screaming Mad” Dee Calhoun: “The song is based on the HP Lovecraft story “The Dunwich Horror,” and tells the first half of the story. It is meant to be a companion to the Iron Man track “Thy Brother’s Keeper (Dunwich pt. 2),” which appeared on the album South of the Earth.” Where the Iron Man track focused on Wilbur Whateley’s brother, “Nightmare” focuses on Wilbur himself.”

Watch SPIRAL GRAVE’s video for the epic album opening track, “Nightmare on May Eve (Dunwich pt. 1)”, here.

“Some of the musical ideas that ended up as songs on our debut were initially written while I was still with my previous band but with a rift growing between myself and the other members over personal and musical differences, I decided to hold onto them til I was able to find the right vehicle for them.“ Guitarist Willy Rivera recently said about SPIRAL GRAVE’s upcoming debut.

“I wanted to step away from the extremity of my former band and get back to writing songs that were heavy but had hooks and a strong vocal presence. For this band, I wanted to draw from bands such as Dio-era Sabbath, Candlemass, Metal Church, Armored Saint, Mountain, UFO and Judas Priest with enough experimentation that would allow us to branch out on future releases. I wanted that to be the template and I found like-minded friends in the surviving members of Iron Man. I’ve known Dee for over a decade and met Lou and Mot from the scene and affiliations and while I knew working with them would bring certain expectations due to the legendary status of Iron Man, I was hopeful in what we could create and had a gut feeling that it would be great. I was very aware of the fact that you only get one shot to make your 1st impression and being that I was writing a lot of the initial ideas, it meant that I had a lot to prove…not to mention, the scrutiny that I may encounter from people who perceived me as somehow trying to replace Al Morris but you can’t replace a legend so you just try to make your own mark. So Spiral Grave is a new band with a debut album that I think will do justice to not only the scene we come from but those who helped pave the way…“

Legacy of the Anointed Tracklist:
1. Nightmare on May Eve (Dunwich pt. 1)
2. Modern Day Golden Calf
3. Out Of My Head
4. Nothing
5. Your Enemy‘s Enemy
6. Walking Talking Dead Man
7. Tanglefoot
8. Abgrund

Legacy of the Anointed will be released on July 16, 2021 via Argonauta Records, the album pre-sale has just started at THIS LOCATION: https://www.argonautarecords.com/shop/

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Spiral Grave, “Nightmare on May Eve (Dunwich Pt. 1)” official video

Iron Man, “Half-Face/Thy Brother’s Keeper (Dunwich Pt. 2)”

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The Deviant Collective: Two-Night Event in Baltimore Announced for August

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 24th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Outdoors all ages! Take your children to see Caustic Casanova and then put them to bed before Yatra or Solace go on. Ah, but that’s just night two of The Deviant Collective, a two-dayer scheduled for Aug. 13 and 14 in Baltimore, Maryland. Looking to leave lockdown in style? For those of us on the Eastern Seaboard, this might be the way to do it, as Blackseed Services out of Pittsburgh and Zentagram — soon to be formerly of MD — will present a monster lineup in The Depot and outside Oliver Brewing that boasts not only the aforementioned, but Horseburner, Foghound, Howling Giant, Spiral Grave and more and more and more.

The indoor portion (night one) has limited capacity, so if you’re feeling tentative about rejoining such togetherness-minded settings, wear your mask and consider this a way to test the waters. Both nights look stellar, as does the Bill Kole artwork that even with the cat I can’t help but think of as a dogwhistle to Man’s Ruin Records in a righteous update of Frank Kozik‘s once-upon-a-time label logo. Badass either way.

And that applies all around, not just to the art. Here’s the info:

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The Deviant Collective – Baltimore Maryland

Fuzz-filled riffs and thick-toned grooves will fill the mid-August Baltimore air as Blackseed Services and Zentagram present THE DEVIANT COLLECTIVE: An assembly of Stoner, Psych, Doom and things of a Heavy Prog nature. This is a one-time event and the last Zentagram production this side of the Mississippi and you won’t want to miss it!

Night One
Friday, August 13th Live at The Depot (Club Show 19+)
Horseburner, Cavern, Foghound, and THUNDERCHIEF
Doors at 6 PM/Bands at 7 PM
1228 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD
$10, First come, first in (limited capacity)

Night Two
Saturday, August 14th Live at Oliver Brewing Co.
(Outdoor All Ages)
SOLACE, YATRA, Howling Giant, Jakethehawk, Brimstone Coven, Hot Blood, I am The Liquor, Stonecutters, Caustic Casanova, Atomic Motel, and Spiral Grave
Gates at 2 PM/ Bands at 3 PM
4216 Shannon Drive, Baltimore, MD

Rain or Shine $25, tickets available for Saturday only.

Check out event pages and blackseedservices.com/DEVIANT-FEST/

DAY ONE: https://www.facebook.com/events/312842907028651
DAY TWO: https://www.facebook.com/events/768990963805667

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Horseburner, The Thief (2019)

Solace, The Brink (2019)

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Clutch Announce Winter Tour Dates with Stöner

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 18th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Clutch have hardly been idle during the pandemic. They’ve done three ‘Live From the Doom Saloon’ livestreams and put out concurrent vinyl offerings, released a massive box set — what was that called again? — and offered up the singles compilation Weathermaker Vault Series Vol. 1 (review here), but if you want to feel like there’s some kind of return to normal happening in the world, you’re not going to find much more encouragement in that regard than a Clutch holiday tour. The Maryland-ish-based four-piece will celebrate 30 years by hitting the road once again between Xmas and New Year’s, as is their wont, and Dec. 28 at Starland Ballroom sounds pretty gosh darn good to me thank you very much don’t mind if I do.

Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri‘s Stöner will support, and The Native Howl open. The dates follow here, courtesy of the PR wire:

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CLUTCH ANNOUNCE WINTER HEADLINE TOUR DATES / CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF ROCK N ROLL

Clutch has just announced a string of Winter 2021 headline tour dates celebrating 30 years of rock and roll starting on December 27th in Baltimore, MD. Supporting the tour will be STONER, the brand new band featuring Brant Bjork (Kyuss) and Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss). The run will also include Detroit natives and “thrash grass” pioneers, The Native Howl.

“We are incredibly excited to hit the road again” states Clutch. “We’ve missed the shows, the fans, the venues and the opportunity to watch the other bands we share the stage with. It’s going to feel like our first show all over again and we can’t wait! Come out and let’s make some Rock and Roll!.”

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, May 21st at 10:00 am at www.ClutchOnTour.com.

CLUTCH Celebrating 30 Years of Rock N Roll Winter Tour Dates:

Dec. 27 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head
Dec. 28 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Dec. 29 – Cleveland, OH – Agoura Theatre
Dec. 30 – Detroit, MI – Filmore Theatre
Dec. 31 – Cincinnati, OH – The Icon

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

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Clutch, “Willie Nelson” official video

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Shadow Woods Metal Fest V Makes First Lineup Announcement

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 7th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Shadow Woods Metal Fest V banner

Two days, part-outdoors, everybody vaxxed, the Shadow Woods Metal Fest continues to push aesthetic forward while doing so in plague-safe fashion. Shadow Woods Metal Fest V brings campers, cabin-renters and whoever else can find a place to stay together in celebration of anti-genre noisemaking of the sort that might put Borracho and Panopticon on the bill together because screw it life is short and see everything you can while you can. Two days here, really a day and a half, and this might be the last time the fest is held. 200 acres out in the woods. Who could argue? Ever?

Righteous in purpose and execution, fest organizer Mary Spiro sent the following down the PR wire:

Shadow Woods Metal Fest V poster

Panopticon to headline Shadow Woods Metal Fest V

The fifth edition of Shadow Woods Metal Fest (also sometimes simply SWMF or Shadow Woods Music Fest, since it’s not all metal music) will happen Aug 27-29, 2021 in White Hall, Maryland. Bands announced so far include Panopticon, Destroyer of Light, Borracho, Neolithic, Voarm, Witchcryer, Traitor, Altar and the Bull, and Queen Wolf with about 10 more acts to be confirmed.

Tickets may be found on Eventbrite: https://shadowwoods2021.eventbrite.com

Performance times will be Friday between 6 pm and 11 pm and Saturday between noon and 11 pm. There are no bands on Sunday. Although not officially announced, it is has been rumored that ticket sales will be cut off August 13 and no ticket will be sold at the gate. So, plan ahead.

The fest will take place at its traditional location, Camp Hidden Valley, a wooded, 200-acre property about 45 minutes north of Baltimore that hosts everything from weddings to children’s summer camps. There will be two covered stages – one outdoors and one inside the venue’s large, well-ventilated dining hall. This is the layout used during the 2018 fest – the last time the fest was held. Attendees may drive from home, camp, or stay in nearby hotels or private rentals. Most cabin options are already sold out.

Organizers are taking COVID-19 precautions seriously. There will be emergency medical techs and rapid COVID testing available throughout the weekend. They have issued this statement to attendees:

Masking, hand washing, and physical distancing protocols will be in effect during the fest. At this time, we are asking that every participant be fully vaccinated two weeks prior (by August 13) and show your vaccination card upon entry. We are working with an organization to have rapid COVID testing available onsite for a low fee at entry. If anyone tests positive for COVID or has any indicative symptoms such as a fever, coughing, chills, extreme fatigue, etc., we ask that you STAY HOME or leave the fest immediately, even if it is last minute. Everyone will be required to sign the typical camp liability waiver that we have used every year, but it will also include additional language related to COVID. We will be following all the federal and local recommended protocols and guidelines for COVID safety. All this is subject to change based on the current situation with the pandemic

Event organizer M. A. Spiro said that this really will be the last time she will do the fest, although she has admittedly said that before. “This last year without live music has been brutal on everyone and economically devastating,” she said. “I hope people come out for it. The bands need it. The fans need it. The production people need it. But one thing I learned after this last year is that I personally do not have to be the one to do these events any more. It’s a ton of work, a lot of risk financially and emotionally, and I am just not interested in carrying that mantle forward any longer. I would love it if someone created a new camping music fest nearby that I could go to and enjoy. But Shadow Woods as people have come to know it will be laid to rest after 2021. I might continue to do smaller shows in brick-and-mortar venues, but that remains to be seen since we really are not there yet with those locations.”

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Panopticon, …And Again into the Light (2021)

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