Subterranea: Why Eistnaflug Might Be Europe’s Most Unique Festival

Posted: February 26, 2014 in Metalhammer
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At The Gates: Headlining Eistnaflug

Eistnaflug, a strong contender for the world’s most scenic metal festival, is gearing up for its latest bash, which takes place the town of Neskaupstadhur on the east coast of Iceland – easily mistaken for the edge of the world – in mind-altering, 24-hour daylight on July 10-12.

Ringed by mountain ranges and hugging a stunning fjord that’s a favourite for naked divebombers, Eistnaflug once more has an amazing mix of international and native talent, with non other than Sweden’s game-changing metallers At The Gates headlining, alongside fellow guests US thrashers Havok, colossal Swiss post-metallers Zatokrev and the Netherlands’ batshit crazy groove-laden death metallers The Monolith Deathcult.

Sólstafir, Skálmöld, Kontinuum, Angist and The Vintage Caravan are the most renowned Icelandic bands playing this year, but as ever the country’s fertile and fervent homegrown scene will be spilling across all three days as the likes of Morđ, Ophidian I, Darknote, Dimma and more look set to prove that geographical isolation, stunning, frankly fucked up landscapes and Brennívin are all crucial ingredients for making mindblowing extreme metal.

As ever, there’ll be a pre-fest, with Brain Feast, The Vintage Carvan and Skálmöld playing an all-ages on July 9, while Sólstafir will be playing a release show for their forthcoming album, already being spoken about in hushed tones by those in the know as a masterpiece.

Not many festivals can claim to change your life; Eistnaflug’s time-stopping environment and the unique vibe that pervades every moment more thoroughly than an opened pack of fermented shark will do just that – more so if you decide to travel from Reykjavik and do the 12-hour drive across the country’s ever-changing landscape. Put Eistnaflug on the list of things you need to do before you die, and then assume the end is nigh, so head over to for tickets, and check out the festivals facebook page at We’ll see you on the other side!

from Metal Hammer
via Merlin


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