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Stella Natura 2012: Lineup, Nature, and More Nature

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Stella Natura is a 3-day/3-night festival of ambient/folk/black/doom metal in Tahoe National Forest (Northwest California, near Reno, Nevada) taking place September 21 through 24, 2012. The site is the Shinneyboo Creek Cabin Resort (map), which features some wood and tent cabins, but is otherwise mostly camping. See the well-built festival website for details such as lineup, directions, lodging, and fees. For up-to-the-minute updates and arranging rides/lodging with others, see the Facebook page.

The full lineup is below. It’s perfect for such a setting, and the three-day spread allows time for hiking during the day. Highlights of the lineup include Australian funeral doomsters Mournful Congregation and Colorado black metallers Velnias (who are touring the US West Coast together – dates are forthcoming as of now), occult rockers Sabbath Assembly (who have a new album out in September on The AJNA Offensive), French metal/kraut rockers Aluk Todolo, Idaho drone/doom duo Wolvserpent, and Finnish dark ambient act Arktau Eos (who have two new albums out this fall, as well as scattered live shows in Seattle, Romania, and Sweden). I listen to Arktau Eos’ 2009 album Ai Ma Ra almost weekly and am curious as to how it would translate live.

Admittedly, I go to nature to escape people and electricity, not commune with others and see bands. But for those who want to do those things in a beautiful, natural setting, Stella Natura looks to be ideal. Just please leave no trace behind.

— Alan Smith

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Aerial Ruin
Aluk Todolo (FR)
Arktau Eos (FI)
Ash Borer
Blood Axis
Burial Hex
Circulation of Light
Funerary Call (CA)
Hooded Archer
Ironwood (AU)
Lasher Keen
Lux Interna
Menace Ruine (CA)
Mournful Congregation (AU)
Pyhä Kuolema (FI)
Sabbath Assembly
Sangre de Muerdago (ES)
Servile Sect
The Sterling Sisters
Sutekh Hexen
The Lindbergh Baby
Tuhkankantajat (FI)
Will O’ The Wisp

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