January 16, 2018

The second of Roadburn‘s specially commissioned projects will encapsulate the spirit and creativity of the thriving Icelandic black metal scene. Leading the charge has been Misþyrming who were our artists in residence in 2016, a tenure that surely peaked with their ritualistic Úlfsmessa performance.

Arguably one of the reasons the Úlfsmessa performance was so mesmerising was that they bolstered their ranks; the core Misþyrming members were joined on stage by some of their fellow countrymen, multiplying the magic and manifesting their combined powers. Having witnessed what such unions are capable of, we’re thrilled to confirm that the second of our specially commissioned performances for Roadburn 2018 will unite the might of Misþyrming, Naðra, Svartidauði, and Wormlust under the banner Vánagandr.

The title of the piece these six musicians will perform is Sól án varma, which roughly translates to “sun without radiance”. The opus will encompass a slow primal roar – a process which cannot be stopped once started, and that only continues to grow, reinventing itself in its complexity.

Chaos. Dissolution. Confusion.

Sól án varma will be performed by:


The specially commissioned Sól án varma performance will open the main stage on the final day of the festival on Sunday, 22 April. Brace yourselves, it’s not going to be an easy ride.

Vánagandr: Sól án varma is supported by Brabant C.