Damnation Festival have announced the first wave of bands for this year’s shindig at Manchester BEC Arena on Saturday November 4.

As well as exclusive sets from Belgian post-metal heroes Amenra, German champions of Nautik Funeral Doom Ahab and Finnish grindcore terrors Rotten Sound, the bill so far also features rising Brit metallers Heriot, U.S thrashers High Command, British doom-death crew Strigoi, Scottish RABM outfit Ashenspire, and a one-off UK show from German black metal cult Downfall Of Gaia,

Having successfully made the move last year from its longtime home at Leeds University to new digs at Manchester BEC, Damnation can now officially call itself Europe’s biggest indoor metal festival.

“This is just the start of what we expect to be the most exciting line-up we’ve ever put together, and we’re already delighted with how this year is shaping up,” says organiser Gavin McInally. “Other than the Igorrr show in London, this will be Amenra’s only performance in the UK in 2023, and the prospect of their live ritual in an arena setting is worth the price of admission alone.

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January 24, 2023

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