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Subterranea: Ham

Barely known beyond their own borders, avant-metal absurdists Ham have become godfathers to the burgeoning Icelandic scene and one of the country’s most revered and weirdest bands.

With its isolated position on the world map, its foreboding landscapes and a population only slightly higher than that of Coventry, Iceland was never designed to be a powerhouse in the rock’n’roll world. And yet, Iceland’s rock and metal scenes have been punching above their weight in recent years. Whether it’s the elegant grandeur of Sólstafir, the imperiled shoegaze of Kontinuum or the Viking fury of Skálmöld, Icelandic music keeps making connections beyond its coastline and reaffirming some laudably idiosyncratic artistic values.

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