The Heathen Invasion 1 @ Opium - Alternative Club & Bar, Edinburgh [2 June]

The Heathen Invasion 1

17:00 - 22:00

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Opium - Alternative Club & Bar
71 Cowgate, EH1 1JW Edinburgh, United Kingdom
A day of extreme metal with 5 bands in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town

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Isarnos — a 7-piece metal band from London, combining atmospheric, black, thrash and melodic metal riffs with traditional instrumentation and esoteric melodies. They have played notable performances at (amongst others) Bloodstock, Manor Fest and Warhorns festivals.

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Valafar —

«Formed in late 2013, Valafar is a death metal band from Bradford, West Yorkshire. Taking influence from artists such as Amon Amarth, Obituary and Entombed, Valafar released their first Demo EP 'Ritual of the Diabolical' in February 2013. Following this, 'Helheim', the first full length offering from Valafar was independently released in August 2015 and met with critical acclaim. Valafar have toured the UK extensively to promote their music and they are currently writing and rehearsing their second full length album to be released mid 2018.»

Necronautical —

«In 2011, Necronautical was formed by the trio of Naut, Carcarrion and Anchorite. The band honed their signature 'grim euphoric' black metal sound through the production of two self released demos; „Slaying the Leviathan“ in 2011 and „Forged in the Glacial Depths“ in 2012. These released were supported with a handful of shows across the UK with original drummer Cyb.

In 2014, Necronautical self released their debut album „Black Sea Misanthropy“. The album received an overwhelmingly positive response from critics and fans alike, and established Necronautical as one of the most promising and unique bands among the flourishing UK black metal scene. As well as enjoying praise from the likes of Terrorizer Magazine and, the album also caught the attention of the newly resurrected Cacophonous Records, who signed Necronautical for the release of their second album.

The band recruited Slugh on drums in 2015 and set about recording their second album. Necronautical released „The Endurance at Night“ in the summer of 2016 via Cacophonous Records, and with a music video for the song „Nihilartikel'. The album recieved high acclaim from critics and saw the band featured in magazines such as Metal Hammer (UK) and Power Play (DE) among others. Necronautical made there return to the stage opening for Black Metal legends Dark Funeral at the Underworld in London, before continuing their live campaign across the UK supporting the likes of Melechesh and Hecate Enthroned. Becoming known for their powerful and immersive stage presence, Necronautical went on to perform at Eradication Festival, Warhorns Festival and Mammothfest in 2017, as well as a 14 date tour supporting Winterfylleth, Wiegedood and Fen across Europe and the UK in 2017. Necronautical are set to record their third album in 2018“

Runemaster —
»Runemaster has been going around the local scene for about 10 years, their latest release being By Thorn and Thunder recorded in 2016. Before this they have released 2 further EPs Futhark Dawning and Wisdom & Darkness in 2015. They have built a local fanbase being influenced by bands such as Manowar, Grand Magus, Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, Venom, Motorhead, Blizzard, Pantera, Van Halen, Slayer, Bathory, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Wolves In The Throne Room, High On Fire, Metallica, Megadeth and Iron Maiden with melodic guitar and vocals. In 2018 they will play The Heathen Invasion and Warhorns Festival in Yorkshire."


Hailing from Hull, England, Ravenage are a six-piece epic viking metal band famous for their bombastic live show and catchy folk anthems.

Ravenage have taken the UK by storm with two highly praised appearances at Bloodstock Open Air festival, along with a multitude of unforgettable headlining and support shows and festivals.

Their 2009 EP Hardrada’s Fall and 2011’s follow up full-length album Fresh From Fields of Victory have been extremely well recieved by both national and international press, leading to Ravenage being chosen as the support for such international touring artists as Týr and Negura Bunget. Along with headlining the first Pagan Pride Festival, where they were joined on stage by Martin Walkyier (Sabbat, Skyclad), Ravenage have also performed with Wolfchant, Skyforger, Waylander, Darkest Era, and
many others.

Cadaver Soiree:

Formed in 2016, Cadaver Soiree play Death Metal in its purest form. Taking influence from the progenitors of the genre such as Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Bloodbath, Grave, Feral, Bolt Thrower, Benediction, and placing emphasis on heaviness and memorable riffing, the band seek to keep the traditional sound of Death Metal alive.
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