Few bands with their roots in Umeå has managed to leave such an huge impression upon the world as MESHUGGAH. House of Metal is pleased to welcome the band back home to it’s origins. From the “Psykisk Testbild” (1989) recorded in renowned Garageland in Umeå to the newest album “The Violent Sleep of Reason” (2016), a lot has happened. Tours and gigs all around the world with bands like SLAYER, TOOL, OZZFEST etc. And now most recently a nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category for the American Grammy Awards 2018.

Next year also marks 10 years since the band visited the festival last, so it’s about high time they make the Idun-stage explode again!


They are highly awaited and we are incredibly pleased to welcome NOCTURNAL RITES back to the House of Metal 2018!
Nocturnal Rites has signed with German AFM-records and are releasing their ninth and much awaited studio album “Phoenix” on September 29th! The three already released songs “Before We Waste Away”, “A Heart As Black As Coal” and “Repent My Sins” have gone down very well with their fans. With the new addition Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry) they’re ready to crush Idun!


SÓLSTAFIR from Iceland has since their debut-album ”Í Blóði og Anda” (2002) grown for every new album. The band’s sound is difficult to place in a single musical category as it varies and mixes between progressive metal/rock to more atmospheric soundscapes that paints up a beautiful audial picture of the Icelandic nature and fauna. The band recently visited Sweden on a headline tour with the latest album “Berdreyminn”, with Myrkur as a support-act. Prepare for a beautiful and emotional concert experience on the Idun-stage, Friday 2 March.


Canadian rock trio Danko Jones visited House of Metal back in 2009. We think that’s way too long between visits and have therefore invited these charismatic gentlemen to once again tear the roof. The band’s energetic sound attracts listeners from different genres such as rockers / metalheads / punks, etc. With no less than 8 full-length albums below the belt, and this years release “Wild Cat”, you can expect a furious drive on the Idun stage!


For more than 29 years the warriors of UNLEASHED have been the ultimate embodiment of Death Metal and are seen as founding fathers of the Viking-Death-Metal movement as well. Without ever having compromised in the slightest they managed to unite the spirit of the viking tradition with the grandeur of purest Death Metal. The band performed at the second installment of House of Metal back in 2008 so it’s about time to invite the band to the north once more.

HULKOFF (Sweden)

Pär Hulkoff is in House of Metal context no newcomer since he and RAUBTIER have visited the festival’s Idun-stage no less than twice during the recent years. This year, the Haparanda-son returns once more, but this time with HULKOFF. The debut album, “Kven” is released in November this year.


Finnish Power/Heavy metal-band THUNDERSTONE was founded in 2000. The band has since released six studio albums, latest in 2016 album “Apocalypse Again” on German AFM Records. Prepare for a sing-along-friendly show down at Studion-stage during House of Metal 2018.


VANHELGD (Sverige)

Swedish VANHELGD combines death and black with a dose of doom. The roots are in the early 90’s without being a retro-band. Instead, the band has given its own expression, since its inception and the 2016 “Temple of Phobos”, placed high on the annual top-lists (“Album of the Year” in the Close-Up Magazine, place no. 2 in Aftonbladet and No. 7 in Sweden Rock).


DEAD KOSMONAUT is a Swedish metal project with Mattias Reinholdsson as the sole songwriter and bassist. With him in the band he’s got people like Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, Firespawn) on guitar and Pelle Gustafsson (Nifelheim) on vocals. The band’s doomy Heavy Metal sound is inspired by greats such as Dio/Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Candlemass.

ASAGRAUM (Netherlands/Norway)

ASAGRAUM is a cross-continental entity, founded in the autumn of 2015 by vocalist/guitarist Obscura and drummer Trish Kolsvart, to create pure Satanic black metal with the old-school feeling of the eternal 90’s greats but also with dark psychedelic influences. Their debut album ‘Potestas Magicum Diaboli’ was recorded, mixed at the Swedish Necromorbus Studio and released by KVLT records in September 2017.


DREADFUL FATE is a raucous ‘n’ ripping blast of classic Teutonic thrash. Whether you want to call it “blackthrash” or “early Sodom worship” or whatever, it matters not to Dreadful Fate: these four not-so-gentlemen – Bestial on vocals, Total Destruction on bass, Death Ripper on guitars, and Corpse Skelethor on drums – may obscure their identities, but they certainly don’t obscure their intent to raze souls for Hell’s rock ‘n’ roll. Debut album will be recorded January 2018, and to be release in March/April through I Hate/To The Death Records.


ZORNHEYM play symphonic black metal. Their music is heavily driven by guitar riffs with symphonic landscapes as a complement to help paint the perfect metallic symphony!

Their praised debut, “Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns”, was released on September 15 this year via the Dutch record label Non Serviam Records and has already been nominated as a strong candidate for this year’s 2017 debut in many publications.

The lyrics are about the fictional mental hospital Zornheim. Following the album, a graphic novel (drawn by Anu Bring) will also be released, inviting the listener to the darkest corners of the mental hospital.


UTMARKEN was founded in Västerbotten 2015 by Mathias Gyllengahm.

The musical foundation for UTMARKEN is a mix of classic hard rock combined with Scandinavian folk music. Northern melancholy, epic atmosphere, strong melodies, pure singing and key harp are important foundations – and despite the heavy mind, the midnight sun succeeds at times to penetrate the dark clouds in the form of black humor and humanity’s will to survive.

A self-titled debut album was released in 2016, followed by the sequel “Förfallstid” in 2017, and a number of gigs, mainly in Norway.


The three-man strong Umeå band Freakin Lizard play straight, riff-based “kickass rock’n’roll”, shout-along choruses and a lot of attitude. Best served with loud output at shows.

The first EP, “2 B BAD”, was released in June 2017 with celebrated gigs in Norrland as a result.

The full length is scheduled to the beginning of 2018, so watch out for the Lizard! You will not regret …

BLACK BAY (Sweden)

BLACK BAY is a metal band from Sundsvall. The band has been around since 2004 and the current set-up has been playing since 2006. The music can be described as a mix of modern metal with elements of classical thrash and progressive hard rock.

The first full length “Feeding It” was released in May 2012 and in November 2015, the band’s latest album “Welcome Apocalypse”, got some great reviews both online and in some major music magazines.

INCISED (Sweden)

INCISED is a melodic death/black metal band that was formed in 2010 in a filthy rehearsal space in Tierp.

The goal was to write music that the band members themselves wanted to hear, inspired by bands such as Dissection, Opeth and Hypocrisy. Three years later, this resulted in the release of the debut EP “Descending Winters”.

After a positive response from critics and listeners, the band continued to evolve and two years later, in 2015, they released their first full-length album entitled “The Hollow Earth”, their biggest project so far. This is a band you do not want to miss.


CREEPING FLESH hails from Gothenburg and play old school death metal. Since the beginning of 2013, two EPs and one demo have been released, and with a debut gig at Gothenburg Deathfest and an England tour in the luggage, the band is ready to invade House of Metal in 2018!


BLEEDING UTOPIA hailing from Västerås is a band that’s keeping the flame of Swedish Melodic Death metal alive. Since the start in 2009, the band has released 2 full-length albums and have also been out in the world touring with bands such as Broken Hope, Internal Bleeding, This Ending and Ablaze My Sorrow.

SHIVER (Sweden)

In the northern woods, amongst fir- and birch trees, in the year of 2016, Shiver was born. According to legend, fathered by a giant called Babagor. Having survived a number of ghosts, witchcraft and demons, Shiver is growing stronger with their heavy and slow music.


ENEMY INSIDE is a solo project started by Ivan Castro in June 2017. Together with Mariel Törne, they could make the first two songs. The music is a combination of the metal Ivan loves, a little melodic death metal, a little thrash, a little groovy! The band delivers hard metal simply.
Musical influences come from bands such as Pantera, Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, Metallica, Slayer, etc. This is just the beginning. Enemy Inside is here to conquer the world and the debut-gig will be at HoM 2018!