INTO THE DARKNESS FEST Westside Bowl, Youngstown, Ohio


Redefining Darkness Records are excited to announce our first ever music festival, INTO THE DARKNESS FEST at the Westside Bowl in Youngstown, Ohio, on Friday July 29th and Saturday July 30th. Borrowing from the name of our INTO THE DARKNESS podcast ( Youtube / Spotify / Apple ) ITD FEST exists to fill the void of the once iconic Ohio Death Fests of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. While many metal festivals embrace all forms of heavy music, ITD FEST focuses on the most extreme forms, and not only highlights bands on the Redefining Darkness roster, but also underground Extreme Metal legends and legends in the making. 

 The headliners for this inaugural event are Chicago Death Metal icons Macabre, King Fowley and Death Metal underground legends Deceased, the avant-garde Black Jazz trio Imperial Triumphant, and Philadelphia progressive extreme metallers Horrendous! We have been informed that Macabre are working on something special for the festival – a one-time only special performance expanding their show with some extra bits of gory fun and theatrics. We have been told it’s one you won’t want to miss and will never be performed again!

 Presale tickets have been priced aggressively at $30 / 2 day pass and there are also presale bundles with a choice of either a T-Shirt or Longsleeve with the festival artwork created by Misanthropic Art. There will also be a special shirt design created by Mark Riddick that will be printed LIVE on site and will only be available at the Festival. There is food on site at the Westside Bowl (vegetarian & vegan options available), Tito’s Vodka sponsored charity cocktails, beer from Noble Creature and Cloven Hoof Brewing, arcade games, and much more!!!
For those coming from out of the country or out of state, we have secured hotel group rates with Hampton Inn and Youngstown Plaza Hotel (Wyndham).

Fun facts regarding the Festivals surroundings
Those unfamiliar with Youngstown may be interested in learning that the city was a hotbed of Mafia activity from mid- late 1900’s. Once known as “Little Chicago” and later Crimetown and Murdersville USA, Youngstown acted as a hub for the mob as it was the central point on the route from New York to Chicago. For about a 10-year span from 1962 on, there were 82 unsolved mob related bombings in Youngstown, hence the city’s moniker. For those less interested in history and wanting a break from the heavy metal fury of the Fest, Youngstown offers fantastic parks for hiking, boating, and the like, such as Mill Creek Park and Cascade Gorge.

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Purchase tickets here
Advance Tickets:
$20 Individual Day
$30 Two-Day Pass
$45 Two-Day Pass + T-Shirt
$50 Two-Day Pass + Long-sleeved Shirt

Day of Show:
$25 Individual Day
$40 Two-Day Pass

Friday July 29th – Doors at 6pm
Main Stage (Upstairs)
Hanging Fortress – 6:45pm – 7:15pm
Axioma – 7:55pm – 8:25pm
Mutilatred – 9:05pm – 9:35pm
Wraith – 10:15pm – 10:55pm
Macabre – 11:35pm – End

Trophy Room Stage (Downstairs)
Cleansing Humanity – 7:20pm – 7:50pm
HAMMR – 8:30pm – 9:00pm
Shit life – 9:40pm – 10:10pm
Bear Mace – 11:00pm – 11:30pm

Saturday July 30th – Doors at 1:00pm
Main Stage (Upstairs)
Vicious Blade 1:35pm – 2:05pm
Kryptik Mutation – 2:45pm – 3:15pm
Throne – 3:55pm – 4:25pm
Intoxicated – 5:05pm – 5:35pm
Scorched – 6:15pm – 6:45pm
Scattered Remnants – 7:25pm – 8:05pm
Horrendous – 8:45pm – 9:30pm
Imperial Triumphant – 10:10pm – 10:55pm
Deceased – 11:35pm – End

Trophy Room Stage (Downstairs)
Torn in Half – 2:10pm – 2:40pm
Corrupted Saint – 3:20pm – 3:50pm
Atomic Witch 4:30pm – 5pm
Black Mass 5:40pm – 6:10pm
Maul – 6:50pm – 7:20pm
Tombstoner – 8:10pm – 8:40pm
Oxygen Destroyer – 9:35pm – 10:05pm
Sentient Horror – 11:00pm – 11:30pm