The time is almost upon us when the doors of Leeds University union will be flung open for the annual gathering of excellent metal in the North East. Now in it’s 15 year and having sold out for the past few years, the festival has built up a reputation for booking some of the finest touring bands with previous bill-toppers including thrash legends Kreator, death metal legends Cannibal Corpse and black metal legend Abbath.
This year is no different with headliners Opeth being one of the bands which we at the site are personally looking forward to seeing. Having just released their thirteenth album In Cauda Venenum to praise from both fans and the media, the band will undoubtedly be delivering a performance which will be highly memorable and packed full of fan favourite tracks. As well as Opeth, there are a few other bands that the team are looking forward to seeing…
- Alcest – The French post metal act beloved by many are making their return to the festival after a few years away. With their new album, Spiritual Instinct coming out the week before the festival, Neige and his fellow musicians will have a set comprised of that and other fan favourites.
- Mgła – Fresh from releasing their fourth studio album, Age of Excuse, the polish black metallers will be bringing their signature take on the genre to the masses at the appointed hour. Seeing them will not be an “Exercise in Futility.”
- Venom Prison – With the organisers being open about trying to find “big” UK bands to play the festival, they have really scored well with Venom Prison. The Welsh quintet will be bringing an “extra special” performance to their slot on Tone MGMT stage.
- Alunah – The Birmingham based Doom Metallers have been a favourite of our Senior editor for a number of years. With a new album scheduled to drop on the 11th of October and an excellent back catalogue, the quartet are well worth watching.
- Raging Speedhorn – Having born witness to their performance at HRH metal earlier in the year, it is safe to say that this is one band you do not want to miss.
- Mayhem – Need we say more other than it’s Mayhem?
Tickets for this years event are currently still available from £48 here, but don’t hang around. There’s very few left.
Damnation Festival 2019 takes place at Leeds University Union on Saturday 2nd November.