As the last dregs of summer sun give way to autumnal chill, and the open-air festivals are a distant memory, extreme metal enthusiasts across the land have another event to look forward to.
Damnation Festival, now in its 13th year, celebrates the best of extreme metal, gathering a line-up packed with the heaviest metal has to offer from black and death through to thrash, doom, and grindcore. Gavin McInally’s winter one-dayer at the Leeds University Union might be a small event compared to many UK festivals but it makes up for its size with sheer ferocity, and commands unparalleled fan loyalty, selling out nearly every year.
Brummie grindcore legends Napalm Death will headline this year’s event, following an impressive year which saw them play Download Festival and support Slayer on their North American tour. Also on the bill is Ihsahn, the solo moniker of Vegard Sverre Tveitan of Emperor fame. Tveitan released his eighth album as a solo artist in May this year.
Swedish death metal act Emtombed AD are also set to perform at this years event whilst Anaal Nathrakh, veterans of the UK extreme metal scene will join Napalm Death in flying the flag for UK metal on a bill which brings artists from across the globe.
Ne Obliviscaris and The Ocean, both veterans of the event, will also be putting in an appearance at the 2018 festival, along with A Forest of Stars, Rosetta, Ohms and a host of other acts, totalling 27 bands across four stages.