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. With the date change, however, come expected lineup changes and the addition of a post-fest concert to honor the original performance date of those bands who could not reschedule.. All previously issued tickets will be honored for the new dates. Refunds will be given upon request by emailing

“I did not arrive at this decision lightly,” said fest organizer Mary Spiro of Shadow Woods Productions, LLC. “But as I continued to try to work with our initial venue in Virginia, it became painfully evident that the location would not have created the type of experience I wanted to give fest devotees, to the bands performing, or to myself and our volunteers who would have to manage it. Fortunately I was able to contact the new owners of Camp Hidden Valley (the 200-acre children’s camp was sold in early 2018). If we intend to preserve the spirit of the fest and present it in the manner that it deserves, this was our best option. I investigated many other venues in the hopes of keeping the dates intact but with no luck. I worked furiously to resolve this in the best way possible and as quickly as possible. If there is any silver lining, it is that we are returning home to a familiar place where the fest was born and to the forests and fields that our Friends of Shadow Woods all love.”

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 TRIUMPHANT 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.

The entire festival lineup is listed below. Weekend and Day tickets, as well as camping, cabin and parking passes are available at



SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST, the Mid-Atlantic’s only open-air camping heavy metal gathering, is pleased to announce the complete and updated lineup for the 2018 festival, which runs from Thursday, September 13th through Saturday, September 15th in White Hall, MD at Camp Hidden Valley.

For the fourth year, the festival will host over 40 of the underground’s leading bands, representing many genres and subgenres of heavy metal, folk, rock, experimental, and noise. “It was pretty clear from the positive feedback I received after the 2017 fest that festival goers did not want to see Shadow Woods end,” said Mary Spiro, fest founder. “So without a venue or a confirmed lineup, I started quietly raising the funds to do a new fest via the contributions of past attendees.  The lineup came together very quickly and I am extremely proud and excited to present these past favorites and new discoveries.” 

Over three days, the landscape of Camp Hidden Valley will come to life as over 40 bands play on three alternating stages with no overlapping sets. Thursday night will feature primarily acoustic, folk, and ritual noise. Los Angeles black-folk metal legends XASTHUR, Philadelphia’s strange folk chamber group ON THE WATER, and upstate New York’s curious GOBLIN HOVEL will all illuminate under the stars. On Friday, South Carolina death-folk battlemasters AETHER REALM  will invoke heavy metal fury under a moonlit sky, Boston’s ROZAMOV will pummel with their grueling doom and, Philly’s HEAVY TEMPLE will deliver psychedelic doom rock. Saturday, Washington legion ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will bring atmospheric black metal fury and post-black metal giants GHOST BATH will bellow through the trees. Gritty blackened metal army WOLVHAMMER, Atlanta black-and-roll outfit CLOAK, New Jersey mind-bending death metal trio REPLICANT, and Virginia black metal trio VOARM will all deliver darkness over the festival. SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST IV returns to the magical landscape of Camp Hidden Valley for the fourth year. “We are returning home to a familiar place where the fest was born and to the forests and fields that our friends of Shadow Woods all love” explains Spiro. Art and craft vendors, food, workshops, yoga, and more will all highlight the weekend.Tickets for SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST IV are available now.OFFICIAL LINEUP

Thursday – Acoustic Night


On The Water

Goblin Hovel


Jerome Deppe and Miss Elizabeth’s All-Girl Band

Bound For The Ground




Aether Realm


A Sound of Thunder

Heavy Temple


Destroyer of Light



God Root



Witch Hazel

Forest of Legend



Ferus Din

Haze Mage




Abigail Williams

Ghost Bath



Imperial Triumphant





Bound By The Grave

Destroying Angel

All Hell

Black Mass







September 13-15, 2018
Location: Camp Hidden Valley

Address: 4722 Mellow Rd. White Hall, MD 21161

Food & Beverage: Food and beverage vendors will be onsite
Marketplace Vendors: Vendors will be on site selling art, jewelry, home decor, music, and rock and metal merchandise


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Festival Contact: Mary Spiro,

Press Contact: Perfect World Productions,

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