Exclusively commissioned music: Sól án varma (uniting the might of Misþyrming, Naðra, Svartidauði, and Wormlust)

Roadburn Festival has always taken pride in the relationship that it has built over many years between attendees and artists. The threads that link those involved with the festival spin across the globe; bringing people together, creating a network where the line between friend, fan, performer and artist is blurred. The very foundation of Roadburn is the community that it is built upon, around, and within.

Alongside this, Roadburn has always sought to push the boundaries of creativity and expression. It’s a festival that specialises in “heavy music” but refuses to be restricted by a singular perception of what that definition means. The scope of artists that have performed at Roadburn is mind-bending and extraordinary – even to us, the very people that pull the line up together.

These two defining facets of Roadburn have been brought together for a brand new project – or rather, two brand new projects – for 2018. We’ve been inspired by those who tell us that Roadburn has offered them countless “once in a life time” experiences over the years; by people who tell us that the things they have witnessed at Roadburn just don’t resonate in the same way outside of the shelter of the festival limits.

For the first time, we have commissioned a two groups of entirely separate musicians to create music to be performed specifically at Roadburn. Today we’re thrilled to announce the second of these performances.

For several years now we have opened up our stages to a small army of folk from Iceland who have dragged their dank and bile-filled black metal across Roadburn, well and truly leaving their mark. The Icelandic black metal scene is thriving, spewing up a seemingly never ending stream of innovative and progressive takes on the genre. 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 seven 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.

Date: April 22

Time: 15.10

Stage: Main Stage