Next August may feel like a long time from now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t begin planning a trip out to Norway for next year’s Beyond the Gates festival. Four days of metal in Bergen, Norway sounds like a hell of a time regardless of who’s playing, but earlier today the organizers announced the first eight bands on their lineup and god damn, is it already killer.

According to a post on the festival’s social media accounts, Dimmu Borgir, Gorgoroth, Marduk, Pentagram, Midnight, Eternal Champion, Negative Plane, and Sijjin are all confirmed for the festival that’s slated to take place from August 2 to 5, 2023.

Dimmu Borgir’s involvement will apparently be the band’s only live performance in 2023, as they’ll headline the “Grieghallen Messe MMXXIII” event. It will also be the band’s first trip back to Bergen in over 10 years. This will also be the first time Gorgoroth will perform at Beyond the Gates, even though they hail from the area.

As usual, organizers said the festival will also feature special events, talks, tours, exhibitions, fares, and a return of the Beyond the Ink tattoo convention.

As more details come out about the Beyond the Gates festival, we’ll be sure to keep you guys informed. If this is all you need to know however, you can get tickets today. After all, what better way to spend your accrued vacation days than to head to a Nordic country for multiple days of metal and other events?