For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world at the Wacken Metal Battle along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info).
Going on its third year in America and sixth year, Wacken Metal Battle USA & Canada return to present one unsigned American and Canadian band to conquer hundreds and perform at the world’s largest metal festival, Wacken Open Air. The 2019 line up includes Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Demons & Wizards, Powerwolf, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo, Within Temptation, Meshuggah and many more. Full details here.
Unsigned American bands interested in participating for 2019 battles, can apply at the following link until Dec 2nd at 11:59PM PST: https://metalbattleusa.com/apply/
American battle cities: Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Orlando, New York City, and Chicago
And unsigned Canadian bands interested in participating for 2019 battles, can apply at the following link until Dec 21st: http://www.metalbattle.ca
Canadian Battle Cities: Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver/ Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Interior BC, Halifax, St. John’s, NL
How it works:
Participating cities will host qualifying rounds plus a city final organized by a local city concert promoter where top American bands and Canadian will move forward to their national finals.The winner of that national final will move on to perform at the 30th edition of Wacken Open Air, and compete against the winners of 29 other countries in a final global battle. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry representatives.
Past American Winners:
Voices of Ruin (2018)
2017 – WMBU Winner
Corpse Hoarder (2017)
Past Canadian Winners:
Centuries of Decay (2018)
Crimson Shadows (2013)
International Wacken Metal Battle winners receive:
– Slot to play at the Full Metal Holiday Festival in Mallorca including flight and accommodation
– 5000€ from the Wacken Foundation and more!
– 4000€ from the Wacken Foundation and more!
– 3000€ from the company Pohl-Boskamp and more!
– 2000€ from the Wacken Foundation and more!
– 1000€ from the Wacken Foundation and more!