Meteorologists would probably talk about “a severe blizzard” causing strong tremors. The Carinthian Nassfeld is hit by such a quake triggered by 2000 metalheads celebrating the musical – and actual – ascent of the Metal Mountain. In cooperation with the ICS Festival GmbH, EVENT SERVICE RS summons heavy metal fans to the first Full Metal Mountain – a unique combination of winter holidays and festival feeling.
Streaming in from more than 30 countries, winter sports enthusiasts with a passion for music turn the largest skiiing area of Carinthia into the heaviest and loudest winter holiday venue in Europe. On five stages, 32 metal and hard rock bands offer five days of (almost) around-the-clock metal gratification. Accompanied by the thundering rhythms of international metal heavyweights like Accept, Heaven Shall Burn, Avantasia, Sabaton, Beyond the Black, Gamma Ray, In Extremo or Powerwolf, metal fans enjoy the music, the snow and the breathtaking panorama of the Carnic Alps.
In 2017, the second instalment of Europe’s unique metal festival in the snow provides another week of winter holidays for metal fans interested in an attractive travel offer with an “all-in” factor: apart from the festival pass, a ski lift ticket and free on-location shuttle transfers, the five-day-package offers accommodation in categories from apartment house to four-star hotel right next to the piste. This year, the newly constructed Full Metal Plaza in the valley opens the stage adjacent to the funicular for signing sessions and meet & greets with bands like Parkway Drive, Amon Amarth, Apocalyptica, Doro, Saltatio Mortis or Dragon Force. Moreover, an après ski of a very different kind is offered: little live acts, metal karaoke and rock & roll food in the warming light of the Carinthian evening sun await the festival guests.
For the third edition of the Full Metal Mountain in April 2018, the metalheads climb the mountain by night – a premiere: during the nocturnal open air on the mountain stage, not only the headliners from Hämatom captivate the audience, but also a choreographic opener involving the participation of the Nassfeld Winter Sports School, mountain railways, lifts, piste maintenance machines and skiing instructors, who all make use of a series of brilliant pyrotechnical effects to initiate a worthy kick off for the live act. So, no matter if metal enthusiasts rock the slopes during the day between two downhill runs at the Peak or Mountain Stage to the music of Tuxedoo & Co or if they shake their sports-weary bones in the afternoon at the Metal Plaza après-ski to get into the mood for the evening’s main acts Nazareth, Alestorm, Abbath, Betontod, Eisbrecher or Kreator in the Full Metal Tent before finally partying on until the morning hours in the exclusive FFM Club – in the end, the complete skiing area is again almost exclusively taken over by metalheads.