this is metal — through & through

Silence is Nepal's first metal festival, established in 2011 with the aim of making the country a destination for international bands. Not only is it the biggest event of the year for metal-heads, it helps to promote tourism in Kathmandu and beyond.

Line Up

This year, we are totally stoked to announce the headling act at Silence Festival is none other than...

Cancer Bats logo

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In previous years, Silence has been a platform used to showcase some pretty fucking awesome local talent — this year is no different! To learn more about each band, click or tap on their logo below...

{"id":"2","bandname":"Underside","biography":"Hailing from the burgeoning Asian metal scene, are Nepalese disruptors Underside. Following the near decade long civil war, these Himalayan metal heavyweights came together in 2010 as a loud and aggressive response to the socio-political situation. The four-piece band are one of the biggest & best metal bands Nepal and neighbouring India have ever seen. They have taken their riotous metal to venues across Europe and Australia and next year have plans to conquer The U.S.","photoURL":"profile_underside.jpg","logoURL":"logo_underside.png","mediaLinks":{"instagram":"https:\/\/www.instragram.com\/underside_nepal","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/TheUnderside","youtube":"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UC5C3a4KsQCT11NE7ekdPHlw"}}

{"id":"3","bandname":"Symbol of Orion","biography":"Symbol of Orion offers a sonic soundscape stretching from forward-thinking metal to native Nepali instruments. Driven by ethereal verses and spiritual elements hailing from London, UK.","photoURL":"profile_symbol_of_orion.jpg","logoURL":"logo_symbol_of_orion.png","mediaLinks":{"instagram":"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/symboloforion_official\/","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/symboloforion\/","twitter":"https:\/\/twitter.com\/symboloforion","youtube":"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/user\/symboloforion"}}

{"id":"5","bandname":"Spill Your Guts","biography":"Exploding from the burgeoning China hardcore scene (\"CNHC\"), Shanghai's Spill Your Guts bring a raw, D.I.Y. hardcore spirit to a movement as transient as it is dangerous. Formed in 2012, they are a blackened hardcore band that blends have a their own unique style of fast and aggressive music!","photoURL":"profile_spill_your_guts.jpg","logoURL":"logo_spill_your_guts.png","mediaLinks":{"instagram":"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/spillyourgutsband\/","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/spillyourgutsband","youtube":"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCrbrMso3ba-YZNM_ofVfJUQ"}}

{"id":"7","bandname":"Kamero","biography":"Formed in 2014, Kamero is a band from Kathmandu, Nepal with a progressive rock\/metal sound mixed with elements of art rock. Famous for its complex time signatures and live shows complemented by visual projections, Kamero's sound is heavily embedded with lyrical themes of philosophical and mental battles prevelant in Nepal.","photoURL":"profile_kamero.jpg","logoURL":"logo_kamero.png","mediaLinks":{"instagram":"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/kameroband\/","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/kameroBand\/","youtube":"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/user\/kameroBand"}}

{"id":"8","bandname":"Neck Deep In Filth","biography":"Neck Deep In Filth is a hardcore band from the dustbowl that is Kathmandu Valley. Since forming in 2016, NDIF has released an EP and a split tape. Members of NDIF have been in bands such as Jugaa, Inside 2 Stoopid Triangles, Squirt Guns, Asphyxiate, and on and on and on.","photoURL":"profile_neck_deep_in_filth.jpg","logoURL":"logo_neck_deep_in_filth.png","mediaLinks":{"instagram":"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/neck_deep_in_filth_hxcx\/","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/neckdeepinfilth\/","youtube":"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCR4R6XQxM9zrAS3ZAxPcm_g"}}

{"id":"9","bandname":"Screaming Marionette","biography":"Screaming Marionette was formed in April 2016. Folowing their debut performance with Skinned at the Butwal Nepal Tour, the band won the reknowned 13icmc competition! More recently, they launched their EP, \"Corrupted Society\", during their tour of Nepal.","photoURL":"profile_screaming_marionette.jpg","logoURL":"logo_screaming_marionette.png","mediaLinks":{"instagram":"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/screamingmarionette\/","facebook":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/screamingmarionette1\/","youtube":"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UC1n913z1l-6tf2rjMx9w8iQ"}}

Social Responsibility

Every year at Silence, we take into consideration the impact an outdoor festival has on our fragile environment.

This year, we have partnered with t\'pree by using their leaf plates to help in the fight against plastic and to reduce our carbon footprint. Check out www.tpree.com for more info.

Our History

Silence is Nepal's first metal festival, established in 2011 with the aim of making the country a destination for international bands. Not only is it the biggest event of the year for metal-heads, it helps to promote tourism in Kathmandu and beyond.

Over the last 5 years, Silence Festival has gone from a small group of bands playing in park to a Nepal's premier heavy music festival! To date, heavyweights such as Vader, Behemoth, and the legendary SikTh have taken to our main stage and delivered incredible performances to huge crowds.

Last year, we attracted the attention of Metal Hammer who covered the spectacle in a four-page special. The success of the article was so profound that Metal Hammer have committed to return again this year. In addition, Twin-V Production’s Alexander Milas (formerly of Team Rock) has agreed to join us to produce a 30 minute documentary about Silence Festival!