FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Shadow Frost Music and Arts Festival

 

Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival is here and it promises to be a unique experience. The debut the hotel-based fest is brought to you by the producers of Shadow Woods Productions, LLC and Shadow Woods Metal Fest, and is the winter-time companion to the Shadow Woods Metal Fest, expected back in action this summer. The Shadow Frost fest takes place on February 21st and 22d and will feature Oakland’s Vastum as well as a special set from their guitarist/ambient industrialist Leila Abdul-Rauf. Also on the bill are Deceased, Barishi, Magic Circle, Doomstress, Alms, Darsombra, Fell Ruin, Yatra and many more! Check below for daily lineups with set times and all of their amazing vendor options. Continue reading

Shadow Frost Music and Arts Festival Announces Set Times and Vendors!

Less than two weeks away, Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival has announced their daily lineups with set times and all of their amazing vendor options. The debut the hotel-based fest is brought to you by the producers of Shadow Woods Productions, LLC and Shadow Woods Metal Fest, and is set to take place on February 21st and 22d and will feature Oakland’s Vastum as well as a special set from their guitarist/ambient industrialist Leila Abdul-Rauf. Also on the bill are Deceased, Barishi, Magic Circle, Doomstress, Alms, Darsombra, Fell Ruin, Yatra and many more! Continue reading

Migration Fest Tickets on Sale Now!

Migration Fest tickets are on sale now! Presented by 20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media, Migration Fest III has booked False, Mizmor, Spirit Adrift, Yellow Eyes, Immortal Bird, Obsequiae, Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle Obsequiae, Imperial Triumphant, Buried At Sea, Falls of Rauros, Kowloon Walled City, Spirit Adrift, Tomb Mold, Ulthar and many more. The full list can be seen below. The fest takes place July 31st – August 2nd, 2020 and returning to Mr. Smalls in the Pittsburgh suburb of Millvale, PA. Continue reading

Migration Fest Books False, Mizmor, Spirit Adrift, Yellow Eyes, Immortal Bird, Obsequiae, Thou and Emma Ruth and More!

Migration Fest is coming back for its third edition and it looks like a rager! Presented by 20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media, Migration Fest III has booked False, Mizmor, Spirit Adrift, Yellow Eyes, Immortal Bird, Obsequiae, Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle Obsequiae, Imperial Triumphant, Buried At Sea, Falls of Rauros, Kowloon Walled City, Spirit Adrift, Tomb Mold, Ulthar and many more. The full list can be seen below. The fest takes place July 31st – August 2nd, 2020 and returning to Mr. Smalls in the Pittsburgh suburb of Millvale, PA. Continue reading

Contest Winner Annoucned for Shadow Frost Music and Arts Festival, Hotel Deal Ends This Weekend

Shadow Frost Music And Arts Festival is a little over a month away and Ghost Cult has wrapped up our contest! Dannielle B. from Brooklyn was won passes for her and a friend to attend Shadow Frost in Fredrick Maryland! Shadow Woods Metal Festivals and is produced by Shadow Woods Productions, LLC. This inaugural, hotel-based gala will feature sets from Vastum, Leila Abdul-Rauf, Deceased, Barishi, Magic Circle, Doomstress, Alms, Darsombra, Fell Ruin, Yatra and many more. The early-bird hotel room deal for the fest ends January 20th, so hustle up and book your room now! Continue reading

CONTEST: Win Two Weekend Passes to Shadow Frost Music and Arts Festival 2020

Shadow Frost Music And Arts Festival is coming this winter to Fredrick Maryland, and Ghost Cult is teaming up with the fest to give away two (2) weekend passes! This indoor fest is billed as the frostbitten version of the excellent Shadow Woods Metal Festivals and is produced by Shadow Woods Productions, LLC. This inaugural, hotel-based gala will feature sets from Vastum, Leila Abdul-Rauf, Deceased, Barishi, Magic Circle, Doomstress, Alms, Darsombra, Fell Ruin, Yatra and many more. Enter to win on our Facebook post by tagging a friend you want to bring with you! The winner will be chosen at random and the contest ends on January 15th at 11:59 PM and the full contest rules can be found below. Tickets and the full daily lineups can be found at the link below. The debut will take place February 21st and 22nd, 2020. Continue reading

Shadow Frost Music and Arts Festival Shares Daily Lineups and Merch Presale

Shadow Frost Music And Arts Festival is coming this winter to Fredrick Maryland, as an indoor, small scale answer to the Shadow Woods Metal Festivals and is produced by Shadow Woods Productions, LLC. This inaugural, hotel-based gala will feature Oakland’s crushing Vastum with a special set from their guitarist/ambient industrialist Leila Abdul-Rauf. The lineup also includes Deceased, Barishi, Magic Circle, Doomstress, Alms, Darsombra, Fell Ruin, Yatra and many more. Tickets and the full daily lineups can be found at the link below. The debut will take place February 21st and 22nd, 2020. Continue reading

Netherlands Deathfest Is Less Than Six Months Away!

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With California Deathfest in the rearview, the team behind Maryland Deathfest turns its attention to already completed Netherlands Deathfest event next March, less than six months away. Details below: Continue reading

Vastum – Hole Below

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Vastum’s second album Patricidal Lust (20 Buck Spin) made quite an impact when it was released in 2013, offering Death Metal fans who weren’t convinced by the Portal-inspired trend towards abstract dissonance a more conventional but equally engaging alternative. It also made waves due to Vastum’s unorthodox use of sex and relationships as lyrical content, though it has to be said that they address those topics in a straight-forwardly Death Metal way – when their new album opens with a track called ‘Sodomitic Malevolence’, you know we’re talking World’s Greatest Love Songs.

After two years of waiting, Hole Below (20 Buck Spin) continues both the band’s fascination with the dark side of human relationships (‘In Sickness And In Death’, ‘Empty Breast’) and their mastery of cavernous but melodic morbid Death Metal. Vastum’s sound is much more rooted in DM orthodoxy than Portal and their imitators, but this is no crude exercise in “Old School” revivalism, either. A thick, powerful production enhances song-writing that forges Autopsy’s murky melodies to solid, punishing grooves and even a touch of the abyssal atmospheres explored by many modern Death Metal bands.

Hole Below sees Vastum explore their Doom and atmospheric elements more deeply than they did on Patricidal Lust, and the result is an album that perhaps lacks a little of its predecessors instant appeal, but which rewards perseverance. Big, decayed riffs drown in treacly feedback are still the core of their sound, but songs are structured less for violence and more for a slow-building of atmosphere.

Along with Cruciamentum, Vastum have produced some of the best straight-up Death Metal of the year. Not as brutal, as abstract or as alienating as some, but firmly treading a path which embraces Death Metal’s past as well as its future.

 

8.0/10

 

RICHIE HR