Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
The SHADOW WOODS METAL Festival has announced they will return for their fourth installment in 2018! This most-brutal gathering will be held from Thursday, September 20th through Saturday, September 22th in Purcellville, VA at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (HFAC).
The Mid-Atlantic’s only open-air camping heavy metal gathering is pleased to announce the complete lineup for 2018, consisting of over 40 bands. They will all perform on one of two alternating stages, and sets have no overlap so there’s no chance to miss any band.
If you have attended SWMF in previous years then you’ll notice that 2018’s festival is being held at a new location after the previous property in Maryland was sold. The new location will add many new features to the festival as HFAC features zip lines, rope courses, tubing, white water rafting, cabins, campsites, and an onsite craft brewery. Located just a little more than an hour from Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, near the intersection of the Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia state lines.
Activities, camping, and cabins will be discounted to all SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST IV ticket holders. Tickets for SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST IV are available now. You can find specific details and info further down.
Xasthur – doomgrass, folk rock (Los Angeles, CA) | On The Water – strange folk (Philadelphia, PA)
Goblin Hovel – metal folk (NY/PA) | Skulsyr – occult noise (Doylestown, PA)
Jerome Deppe and Miss Elizabeth’s All-Girl Band – folk ballads of the damned (Baltimore, MD)
Bound For The Ground – the devil’s blues supergroup (GA/FL/PA)
Earendel – acoustic folk duo (Baltimore, MD)
Tombs – post-metal (NYC) | Rozamov – psych-tinged grueling doom (Boston, MA)
Heavy Temple – Hard Fuzz, Psych Doom (Philadelphia, PA) | Barishi – Gritty Progressive Metal (Brattleboro, VT)
Aether Realm – Viking folk metal (Greenville, NC) | Destroyer Of Light – doom and roll (Austin, TX)
Electropathic – doom hard rock (Wheaton, MD) | Husbandry – Fugazi meets Aaliyah (NYC)
God Root – ritualistic sludge (Philadelphia, PA) | Dysfigure – modern heavy metal (Martinsburg, WV)
Windfaerer – extreme aural entity (NJ) | Witch Hazel – occult rock and roll/doom (York, PA)
Forest Of Legend – doom/stoner/sludge (Virginia Beach, VA)
Hepatagua – sludge/doom/thrash (Boston, MA) | Flummox – doomy metal (Murfreesboro, TN)
Ferus Din – black metal and flutes (Buffalo, NY) | Haze Mage – stoner metal (Baltimore, MD)
Malphas – progressive blackened melodeath (Philadelphia, PA)
Uada – black metal (Portland, OR) | Cloak – black and roll (Atlanta, GA)
Panzerfaust – black metal (Toronto, ON) | Voarm – black metal (Richmond, VA)
Imperial Triumphant – black metal (NYC) | Athame – black metal (MD/WV)
Hubris – black metal (Buffalo, NY) | Enthauptung – atmospheric black metal (Rochester, NY)
A Sound Of Thunder – traditional/NWOBHM heavy metal (DC/VA)
Bound By The Grave – death metal (Baltimore, MD) | Destroying Angel – dark folk-rock (Philadelphia, PA)
All Hell – black and roll (Asheville, NC) | Black Mass – death-thrash (Boston)
Hexxus – sludge metal (Birmingham, AL) | Replicant – death metal (NJ)
Tyrannis – death metal (Radford, WV) | Sluagh – progressive metal (Martinsburg, WV)
Sickdeer – death metal (DC)
The full weekend event pass is $130. Day passes for Thursday are $30; Friday and Saturday passes are $60 each. (Important note: Tent camping and cabin are not included in the tickets. Reservations must be made directly through the HFAC and you must request the Shadow Woods Group Rate. The venue is requesting that attendees hold off on reserving sites for the time being until a system can be put in place for managing this. Ticket holders should watch for an e-mail linking them to a site to reserve camping.
Food & Beverage: Food and beverage vendors will be onsite including Harpers Ferry Brewing Company.
Marketplace Vendors: Vendors will be on-site selling art, jewelry, home decor, music, and rock and metal merchandise.