Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Magick of Shadow Woods Metal Fest: Recap

All the stunning images featured herein courtesy of Paul Imburgia Photography.

Dweller In The Valley

On the 25th and 26th of September, something incredible happened. Something magickal and special with hints of sinister and Satanic; something that brought together kindred souls from all over and stirred many to their core. Something that allowed us all to shake off our troubles and be free, unguarded, and at one with nature and each other. Something that was so amazing an experience that I'm certainly not the only one who hopes to re-live it in future years.

That something was Shadow Woods Metal Fest.

A few miles away from one of the places where Pennsylvania and Maryland meet lay a hidden patch of black metal paradise. Lush with a legion of trees, plants and flowers scattered across rolling hills of rich forest floor, the "venue" was an idyllic accommodation for the myriad of talented metal ensembles spanning genres from black, doom, and death to folk. Even a few experimental acts were set to appear during this full weekend of metal, which resonated throughout the grounds from noon to around nine or ten in the evening on Friday and Saturday.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Everything You Need To Know About SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST: Interview with Festival Founder Mary Spiro


If you live in the Mid Atlantic or four-state regions and are active in the metal community, chances are you've heard some buzz in the air about Shadow Woods Metal Fest. The first of its kind, this festival - spearheaded by Metallomusikum founder, Baltimore Metal Music Examiner, booker of shows and friendly neighborhood metalhead Mary Spiro - will be kicking off on September 25th near White Hall, MD.

A Sound of Thunder Raises Over $12k in Under a Day for Upcoming Album "SHADOWMAN: Tales From The Deadside"

When A Sound of Thunder announced that they were launching a Kickstarter for their forthcoming album SHADOWMAN: Tales from the Deadside yesterday, I knew it was going to be successful given their exemplary Kickstarter record.

Oh, it was successful alright - in just one day, more than $12k has been raised to create their new masterpiece already ($12,688 as of this writing with 114 backers).

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Open Letter to Readers

Greetings, readers! It's me, Samantha (aka Metal Maiden). Hope you are all well.

I'd like to take a moment and share something with you in the hope that anyone who might be curious can gain a better understanding of how MM works and the amount of effort that has gone into creating and maintaining it. An unpleasant incident has spurred me to write this, and the issue will be addressed here and now to prevent any future misunderstandings about the way this site is run.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Heidevolk Premiers New Video for "Urth"

Heidevolk has premiered their new video for "Urth" off of their newest album Valua, and we have it here for you to stream... right here, right now:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

HUGE Tour Announcement; Iris Divine & MindMaze Embarking on East Coast Tour


Huge news for fans of featured band Iris Divine and the wondrous MindMaze! These two locally-based powerhouses are embarking on a summer tour, and I can guarantee it's one you will not want to miss!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lariyah of KHAOTIKA Posts Update on Her Recovery

Lariyah of KHAOTIKA has posted a heartfelt message to her supporters and friends via the band's Facebook page, giving an update on her recovery process from the van accident that killed their drummer, Nicholas Crisostomo (or "Dyret" as he was known by KHAOTIKA fans), as well as Ian McKinney and Paul Truesdell of Wormreich and caused devastating injuries to the eight survivors.

GLOOM Announces Month-Long Tour

DC's own Gloom will be embarking on a mini-tour for the entire month of May 2015, with Bereft (WI) accompanying them for the latter half of those dates.

Exclusive Look Into the Newest Release From SHRINE OF THE SERPENT


Featuring members of Aldebaran (Profound Lore), Shrine of the Serpent has received some pretty positive buzz in a short time. Cvlt Nation named them in the top 5 doom band of the month, and the blog Doomed and Stoned declared their version of death/doom is "monstrous".

New Album From MF RUCKUS Debuts in One Week


When something is really good, it's timeless. The music of Dio or Iron Maiden, for example, will never be overplayed in the minds of those who truly appreciate it.

It can, however, be presented in even newer exciting ways, and that's just what MF Ruckus aims to do with their newest self-released debut, "Thieves of Thunder".

Review: Godless Angel, "Harvester of Shadows"

GODLESS ANGEL - Harvester of Shadows
Godless Angel
"Harvester of Shadows"

- 9 out of 10

Monday, April 6, 2015

KHAOTIKA, WORMREICH Van Crash; 3 Musicians & Fellow Metalheads Killed, 8 Injured

One of the fallen was Nicholas R. Crisostomo (Khaotika), 25, of Round Hill, Virginia, along with Ian A. McKinney, 30, of Madison, Tennessee; and Paul. J. Truesdell, 29, of Mableton, Georgia (both were members of Wormreich).

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sacred Blood back with new album

SACRED BLOOD - ArgonauticaGreek epic heavy metallers Sacred Blood are back with their third album, “Argonautica”, a follow-up to their 2012 highly acclaimed release “Alexandros” which was also released through Pitch Black Records.

Thrash Metal Youngsters DARK VOID Announce Debut six-track EP

Cypriot thrash metallers DARK VOID announce their debut (self-released) EP, titled “Release the Kraken” on April 3rd.

Calling themselves as “Badass Thrash” and describing their influences “from Slayer to Vivaldi”, DARK VOID are indeed a force to be reckoned with, despite their young age. Listening to their massive thrash sound one would find it hard to believe that the band members' average age is just 17!

Cyrence Debuts "The Hospital"

CYRENCE - The Hospital

No boundaries for erupting energies!

Estonian Metallers Tharaphita Brings Pagan Metal Back to Black


Estonian Metal band Tharaphita released their latest album titled “Ülestõus” (which literally translates to "Uprising”) in summer 2014. Not only is it a unique blend of the two genres of Pagan and black, they've infused their signature recipe with the echoes of history - and as a metalhead-slash-history nerd, that's something I can really appreciate.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Periphery Album(s), "Juggernaut" Now Streaming

DC's own prog ensemble, Periphery has just made the second album from their dual-album release available for streaming, and you can now listen to both of these albums via the playlist below. Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega are set to be released on January 27th, 2015, but I urge you to try it before you buy it - right here, right now:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Chris Brown, Certifiable Douche Canoe, Wears Jacket with Municipal Waste Patch, Pisses Everyone Off

The angry, abusive, talentless, intemperate Chris Brown wa spotted at the Tru Hollywood Nightclub in Los Angeles earlier in the month wearing a "spiked leather jacket adorned with patches of metal and hardcore bands," according to this article I stumbled upon today by MetalSucks.

The jacket - which was a custom order from some place called DNA Fashion Designs (meaning he had nothing to do with choosing/applying the patches, and probably bought it to look cool so he could swoon Kendall Jenner and become a faux-metalheads together) - included a large front-and-center logo of Municipal Waste, along with logos of The Exploited, Cro-Mags and Excel.

Mastodon & Clutch to Co-Headline Spring 2015 Tour

MASTODON, CLUTCH co-headline The Missing Link Tour 2015

My husband is going to freak out when I tell him about this! The mighty Mastodon and Clutch will be embarking on The Missing Link Tour in April, and stopping here in our area on May 16th, 2015 at Pier Six Pavilion!

A couple of other stops in the Mid-Atlantic include Bethlehem, PA and New York on May 15th and May 19th, respectively.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Did the guy who books New England Metal and Hardcore Fest just take a verbal shot at Maryland Deathfest?

Scott Lee, the guy who books NEFMetal Insider recently caught up with the guy who book the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest and he made a few comments about Maryland Deathfest and our local metal scene in general. Did he mean to slight us by declaring the Mid-Atlantic metal scene a "niche" market?

5 Days of Giveaways with Premortal Breath


Today, we'll be kicking off five straight days of giveaways with up-and-coming self-produced German heavy metallers Premortal Breath!

The guys have put together a solid full-length debut CD, They, which has gotten several positive reviews from sites like this one, this one, and even this one. After enjoying some success in Germany, the band is hopping the pond, seeping steadily into the States... and they come bearing a few gifts for us.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Carach Angren Premieres Seventh Track from Upcoming Album, "This Is No Fairy Tale"


Carach Angren has premiered the seventh track off their upcoming album, and you can listen to it right here.

Moonspell Announces Release Dates for New Album, "Extinct"


Moonspell (which, if you're not familiar, is a gothic metal band hailing from Portugal and they are actually pretty f*cking good) has announced the release dates for their 11th full-length studio album, entitled Extinct.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kamelot Signs with Napalm Records, New Album Slated for Spring Release


After working hard in the studio since the middle of 2014, Kamelot has finally hinted at a springtime release for their newest album and follow-up to 2012's Silverthorn, which was unleashed on October 30th that year and sold roughly 5,400 units in it's first week.

Heidevolk Unveils Details & Track Listing for New Album, "VELUA"


Good news for folk metal: Heidevolk has just announced the details for their newest album, VELUA, due out in April 2015.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Eye of Odin Parts Ways with Vocalist Over "Indifferences", "Drama"

Folk metallers Eye of Odin (hailing from Nanaimo, BC) announced on January 3rd that they have made the decision to part ways with their vocalist, Cody, due to "drama" and "indifferences" with the rest of the band.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Armageddon Announces Antony Hämäläinen As New Vocalist

ARMAGEDDONArmageddon's search for a new vocalist is over! The band has named Antony Hämäläinen as their new frontman ahead of their US tour beginning in February 2015 (as well as an MDF appearance later in the year).

Iris Divine Signs with IntroMental Management

IRIS DIVINE - Karma SownExciting things are happening for Iris Divine... the band has just announced that they have partnered with IntroMental Management. The management company will be taking Iris Divine's new album, Karma Sown, to the next level with plans for a wider release.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Thrifty Stay-At-Home Wife: How to Coupon Like a Pro

In my younger days, I viewed coupons as I viewed all motherly duties at the time - it was boring and for old ladies. Or so my prodigal 13-year-old brain supposed.

I came to value the expertise my mother had learned from her mother, who had in turn learned from her 100% authentic Irish Traveller (also commonly known as "gypsies") mother, around when I first moved out on my own. There is no quicker way to build appreciation for the value of a dollar than to move out into a rented apartment on a meager salary with no f#cking idea what you're doing.

Gypsies generally tend to possess inherent skills at making the most of what you have, especially when it comes to money. It is considered highly improper for Gypsies/Travellers to even speak about money, unless you're trying to use your innate ability to haggle like nobody's business - a trait which is strong in those who were brought up in gypsy culture.

Unfortunately, since my mother wasn't raised fully within the lifestyle, she had only her knowledge and habits of thrift left of her heritage. She did pretty well for herself, despite hardship. She spent ten years caring for her unemployed husband (and my now estranged father) that she pitied rather than loved, and I couldn't even stand to do it for a few months. Oh yeah, and she took care of two rambunctious and often troublesome girls - and let us not forget, no matter how badly we want to conceive a girl, they will always be more difficult than boys to raise.

Damn our wondrous yet wretched wombs and the games they play on our minds, up to and including the dreaded "baby fever"... because no one is ever really wanting to get pregnant so they can experience three months of non-stop vomiting that would make a seasoned drunk want to cry and wrenching, intolerable bone and muscle pain. At least I sure as f#ck do not.

At The Gates Announce Tour Dates for Europe & North America

AT THE GATES - At War With Reality (out now)At The Gates has announced a litany of tour dates across Europe and North America (though the only stop in the Mid Atlantic seems to be Pennsylvania) on the heels of their newest release, At War With Reality (available now via Century Media Records.

Foehammer Streaming "Stormcrow" Off Upcoming Debut Album


Ready for that crushing as f#$k funeral doom from Foehammer I was telling you about the other day?

As they promised, the band started streaming a track from the upcoming album today at 12:01am in preparation for its release on March 3, 2015 via Grimoire Records. The track is entitled "Stormcrow", and it absolutely delivers and exceeds all expectations. Fans of Dark Funeral, Fortress, Salome and Grief are going to love these guys.

Stream it right here, right now:

Ex-Bassist of Amberian Dawn, Tommi Kuri, Passes Away

Tommi KuriTommi Kuri, former bassist of Amberian Dawn and Virtuosity, has passed away.

He had been grappling with "health issues" for some time, which was the reason he left Amberian Dawn after recording a few albums with them. The band didn't realize how serious his illness was, however, and were devastated to learn of his passing.

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