Is anybody surprised that a town bearing a name like Eisenerz (= iron ore) is home to an absolute metal giant like NAPALM RECORDS? Of course not! Even more baffling though is that the Austrian state of Styria – to which Eisenerz belongs – hasn`t seen a metal-only festival in ages! Luckily Napalm`s live department NAPALM EVENTS has stepped in to awaken all of Southern Austria out of its slumber…
It`s a given that NAPALM RECORDS will go big and international with its their very own METAL ON THE HILL open air festival: ARCH ENEMY, SATYRICON, LACUNA COIL, DEVILDRIVER and MOONSPELL will all play exclusive Austrian shows. Black metal pioneers SATYRICON will play an exclusive “Nemesis Divina” anniversary set! National acts including DRESCHER and TUXEDOO are also part of the bill. And today Napalm Events confirms that MANTAR has now joined this stunning line-up!
Ever since their inception in early 2013, Northern Germany’s two-piece monster, MANTAR, has been recognized as one of the hardest working bands in the extreme metal underground. Melting the most sinister elements of black metal, doom and punk through an unfiltered lens of pure primal rage, MANTAR have quickly proven to be louder and more ferocious than most bands twice their size. Their first full length album “Death By Burning” was released to immense critical acclaim in early 2014 and appeared on numerous year-end best-of lists! 2016 will be an even busier year for the “Gruesome Twosome” as they release their highly anticipated new record “Ode To The Flame” this April.
MANTAR will enthrall with their extremely intense, dynamic live shows and are on par to bring their scorching live assault to Metal On The Hill!
In cooperation with “Spielstätten Graz”, METAL ON THE HILL will have its baptism of fire in 2016 at the picturesque “Schloßberg”. Directly beneath the highest point of Styria`s capital – the plateau of the Schloßberg – lies Graz` most popular open air event location: the Schloßberg stage Kasematten. A stage plus a vast auditorium in the old fortress walls had was erected in the 1930s – an absolute trademark of the city! Especially during summer nights and open air events the place is brimming with darkly romantic atmosphere. A sliding roof protects the audience from any fitful weather.
In addition, the first festival day (attention: limited capacity!) will go down at the “Dom im Berg”
(= mountain cathedral). This venue is definitely Graz` most unique event location! In 1999, this multifunctional spot was carved out of the mountain and opened to the public at the 2000 state fair.
A more than stately and unforgettable backdrop that is fiercely guarded by the festival mascot – the Styrian Panther. Catch a glimpse of the locations here:
12.08.2016 Dom im Berg (DevilDriver, Drescher, Jinjer, Tuxedoo)
13.08.2016 Kasemattenbühne (Arch Enemy, Satyricon, Lacuna Coil, Moonspell, Mantar + 2 more TBC)