Iceland has been a part of the Wacken Metal Battle family since 2009. This small island nation with a population of only 330.000 hasn't exactly been very well known for its metal scene throughout the years but in the last few years that has started to change as bands like Sólstafir, Skálmöld, The Vintage Caravan, Brain Police and most recently Kontinuum, have been making waves overseas. Hard rockers Dimma have also hit the Icelandic circuit hard the last 2-3 years, culminating in them performing live in the fall of 2015 with the SinfoniaNord Symphony Orchestra and 2 chamberchoirs, a total of 85 people on stage, in 3-4 sold out shows in Reykjavik and Akureyri.

Iceland has also become known especially in the black metal circuit for producing some real quality BM with bands like Svartidauði, Sinmara and Misþyrming leading the way, with the lattermost one serving as Artist in Residence at Roadburn 2016.

Needless to say, being able to send Icelandic bands at a regular interval to play the world's greatest metal festival has also been a real boost to the metal scene in Iceland, not to mention being able to push the Wacken Open Air festival name in mainstreem Icelandic media on a regular basis. This is evidenced in the increased quality of the band applications for WMB Iceland as the material submitted keeps getting better.

Due to the size of the country, the Wacken Metal Battle Iceland national contest is only one night, one grand evening! No preliminaries. Since 2009 Iceland has seen six bands go to Wacken as a result of the contest and those are:

2009 = Beneath
2010 = Wistaria
2011 = Atrum
2012 = Gone Postal
2013 = Ophidian I
2014 = none, as Iceland took a break from the competition.
2015 = In The Company Of Men

The winners are selected by a panel of judges composed of both domestic and foreign music and media professionals. Wacken Metal Battle Iceland is always growing, resulting in WMB 2013 and 2015 being held at Reykjavik's grandest live venue, Harpa, Reykjavik Concert hall and Conference Centre. Nothing but the best for Icelandic metal!

The metal scene in Iceland is quite vivid. Reykjavik is the most active town in regards to metal concerts and one can find several of those with local bands each month here. The country also boasts a great annual metal festival that takes place in the East of Iceland, called Eistnaflug, translated as "The Flight of the Testicles", that is almost as sweaty as a pair of those :) The small town of Neskaupstaður plays host to this festival that has been going on since 2005. A great festival that has seen foreign acts like At the Gates, Tryptikon, Carcass, Behemoth, Rotting Christ, Kvelertak, Enslaved Red Fang, Cephalic Carnage, Napalm Death, The Monolith Deathcult and Secrets of the Moon hit the stage as well as pretty much all the biggest names in Icelandic heavy rock and metal. Having outgrown its current housing in 2014, the 2015 edition was upgraded to the local indoor sports arena with a an even more ambitious linup and the same will be the case with the 2016 edtion with names like Meshuggah, Belphegor and Melechesh already confirmed and a lot more to come still.

Metal-Battle Tourdates in Iceland


Schedule City Venue Date
final Mosfellsbaer Hlegardur 08 APRIL 2016

Metal-Battle Winner in Iceland

Winner Band: Auðn

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send applications to:
WOA Metal Battle Ísland
c/o Þorsteinn Kolbeinsson
Asparfell 8
111 Reykjavík

email: thorokol(at)