It’s that time of the year again when the best in extreme metal descend on Yorkshire for one day of riffs, brutality and debauchery as it is once again time for Damnation Festival. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year the main stage has out done themselves with a line up befitting of the occasion.
Kicking proceedings off to a flying start are Oxfordshire’s own October File with their expansive brand of post metal. Promoting their recent concept album “The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair – An Introspective of the Human Condition” the four piece will be bringing the atmospheric weight of a thousand collapsing worlds to Leeds. (Time playing: 2.30 – 3)
Following them will be UK hardcore behemoths Stampin’ Ground who will be returning to Damnation after previously tearing the place apart back in 2006. Back once again to bring the crunch to Damnation with their signature brand of sludgy crushing hardcore, these prove to not to be one to miss after promising that this time they won’t intentionally try and break the stage.(Time playing: 3.35 – 4.10)
Returning UK metal ensemble Raging Speedhorn will follow Stampin’ Ground and will be greeted as returning heroes, or at least this will be the case when everyone goes mental during ‘Thumper’. Reuniting after six years apart the six piece will be bringing all the tunes from their first two albums and will prove to be one of the most high energy sets of the day. (Time playing: 4.55 – 5.40)
Shortly after British heavy metal heavyweights Orange Goblin are due to make their triumphant return to Damnation bringing with them enough catchy tunes to appease the most inebriated patch jacket wearing metal head. If its catchy anthemic metal you’re looking for then look no further than the British band who eclipse nearly all others in that department. Get a beer, bang your head and prepare for 50 minutes of the best trad metal anthems ever produced. (Time Playing: 6.30 – 7.20)
Performing their seminal album “Born Too Late” in full, legendary doom icons Saint Vitus will be making their Damnation Festival debuts with a set that proves to be equal parts exceptional and punishing. Along with the classic album in full, Saint Vitus promise a splattering of their greatest hits to close their set. Miss them at your peril. (Time Playing: 8.10 – 9.10)
Rounding the day off in terrific fashion will be UK death metal titans Bolt Thrower, who are playing a foreseeable exclusive performance at this year’s festival. After being in hot demand for several years, Damnation has finally bagged the death metal titans to perform at this year’s event. Promising to be one of the year’s highlights the Warhammer inspired five piece will certainly bring the pain to Damnation. (Time Playing: 10.25 – 11.30)
Tickets are still available for this year’s Damnation festival and are available from here.