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After a year and a half hiatus, Zud will return to the stage in less than two weeks to headline the first Shadow Woods metal festival on September 26, 2015.
The new open air, camping based metal fest takes place in White Hall Maryland, just north of Baltimore. With the likes of Midnight, Occultation, Wormreich, Dreadlords and Sangharsha and over two-dozen others at the two-day event, Shadow Woods can be expected to be a game changer in festivals held on the East Coast.
In regards to the fest, Zud frontman Justin Curtsinger states: "I think this fest is going to really wake up a lot of folks who gravitate towards this type of music into realizing that there is more to this stuff then this mundane excuse of a 'metal' lifestyle of getting trashed and watching horror movies or Metalocalypse or driving a Scion to MDF. I know there have been fests like this done semi-successfully on this scale out west and there have been attempts at it east of Chicago, but I think Shadows Woods is going to be something else all together. It is an honor to be a part of it."
For those a bit further north, there will also be one more live performance from Zud for 2015; Halloween Night at Geno's Rock Club in Portland, Maine. Support will come from Sangharsha (Kathmandu via NYC) and two other Portland locals, Sylvia and Mugwort.
"Both of these shows are going to be pretty special for Zud," Curtsinger continues. "Zud has been on hiatus for two reasons, which maybe I'll get into some other time, but, what matters for now is that it is back and ready to keep exploring further through this weird maze of obscure roads where it left off. I feel that the new lineup is much stronger than before and I am psyched to not only play these two shows with the new guns on board, but to see where we go together over the winter with new material. More...
The inaugural September installation of Shadow Woods Metal Fest, the new open-air camping metal fest, has moved slightly Southeast, from its initial placement in Southern Pennsylvania to White Hall in Harford County, Maryland.
Set to take place September 25th - 27th, 2015, the new location of Shadow Woods Metal Fest is similar to the previous site, with deep woods, cabins and tent camping fields, yet is slightly closer to both Baltimore and Philadelphia, making it even more accessible to East Coast metallers planning on attending the diverse three-day festival.
Since initial announcements, Menace Ruine dropped from the lineup and was replaced by Black Table, yet the remainder of the Shadow Woods Metal Fest lineup remains the same, including lead performances from Midnight, Falls of Rauros, Occultation, Velnias, Iron Man, Anagnorisis, The Flight of Sleipnir and Stone Breath, along with twenty-six additional acts. The fest is also likely to be the first live performance for the surviving members of Wormreich since the tragic vehicle crash in April.
There will be ZERO ticket sales at the gate for the festival -- advance presales to those 21 years of age and older is the only way into the fest, and is still BYOB. The lineup consists of: More...
"The Good, The Bad And The Damned" - the debut album from Portland, Maine-based sect ZUD - is infecting unsuspecting humans across the globe.
Today Cvlt Nation helps spread the infection by hosting a stream of the full release for all to experience. Eliminate your enemies or just party hard to the raging ZUD riffery in the player below. The following press release was also issued:
"Seamlessly melding the callous, grimy, black metal antagonism and untamed abandon of Watain, Peste Noire, Bathory and other infamous black metal cults with a more free-form classic rock jam approach more akin to something found on a dusty Roky Erickson or early Van Halen LP, Zud's charged but undeniably pleasurable approach to songwriting is nothing short of entertaining and ballsy. Zud somehow does something vibrant and fresh while simultaneously paying homage to those who forged the paths the four members have traveled thus far in life. Writers at major renowned media sources down to the smallest fan-run blogs have been dropping killer blurbs and reviews on Zud's mad methods over weeks past, The Good, The Bad And The Damned inspiring an infectious rash of full-on praise from across the globe.
"Recorded and mixed by Todd Hutchinson (Falls of Rauros, AOK Suicide Forest) at Acadia Recording Company in Portland, Maine and mastered by Tore Stjerna (Watain, Repugnant) at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, The Good, The Bad And The Damned rolls with more than forty minutes of badass riffage, the album self-released on the Summer Solstice in a limited run of 333 hand-numbered gatefold digipak CDs, available direct from the band here." More...
Zud has self-released "The Good, The Bad, and the Damned," and now a track from the album is available online. Check out "Blood and Twilight" below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"There are a few of them left out there. None are nearby. Most are dead anyway. The castle has been under a long siege and strange things go on behind walls when death is such a good old pal... In one sense four years in the making, yet in another thrown together in six months.
"And so, out of the dead end peninsula of Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine, ZUD presents their debut full-length, The Good, The Bad And The Damned.
"Infectiously and seamlessly merging the aesthetics of black metal and classic rock, delivering tunes with an exceedingly organic delivery and live-for-now outlook, ZUD somehow does something vibrant and fresh while simultaneously paying homage to those who forged the paths the four members have traveled thus far in life. Recorded and mixed by Todd Hutchinson (Falls of Rauros, AOK Suicide Forest) at Acadia Recording Company in Portland, Maine and mastered by Tore Stjerna (Watain, Repugnant) at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, The Good, The Bad And The Damned hits fucking hard with more than forty minutes of killer, free-form, high-octane metal perfect for those late Summer night parties full of suds and bud, while keeping you aware of the fact that no matter how good or bad life may be, death is always within spitting distance.
Electronic/metal crossover act Zud has released a new demo song online from the band's upcoming EP "Fall Into Oblivion." Check out the track "Dzud Roh!" in the player below. Zud also comments:
"Our music is a mix of different electronic-musical genres with different branches of heavy metal. In this underground production, behind the energetic and pretty unfriendly music work the thoughts of a cruel and an even more likely vision. ZUD gives us insight into a possible vision. Its basic question is: where is humanity heading, and for how long can humans be considered humans considering today's technical development?
"The basic theme is built around the 'Machine Born,' when the human soul is given the opportunity to exist in a new form. We are trying to find answers to what will go on in people's souls and how this would affect humanity. What tools would the most ruthless race on this Earth choose to alter its environment when existing in the form of steel and silicon instead of flesh and bones?"