Wacken Metal Battle USA 2018 Submissions Now Open!

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Wacken Metal Battle USA 2018 Submissions Now Open!

One Champion To Play At Wacken Open Air

One band, one champion, thousands of metalheads! 

Jon Asher – PR – metalbattleusa(@)gmail.com

Nick Guerin – City Promoters Coordinator – metalbattleusa(@)gmail.com

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 along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info). For the second year, Wacken Metal Battle USA is returning to America and will be hosting qualifying rounds in select cities across the nation. The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2018 festival taking place from August 2nd – 4th in Wacken, Germany.

American bands interested in participating in the 2018 edition of Metal Battle USA, please apply at the following link: https://metalbattleusa.com/apply/ 
(Submissions open from Nov 20th to Dec 31st, 2017 – 11:59pm EST)

Current cities confirmed:
Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tampa Bay, Oralando. More to be announced.

Last year’s battle saw the best from the Philadelphia and Boston areas, Corpse HoarderGobletPower Theory, and Upheaval perform in the national final. Crowned champions were Philadelphia’s Corpse Hoarder whom performed a furious set at the 2017 Wacken Open Air.


How it works:

Participating cities will host qualifying rounds plus a city final organized by a local city concert promoter where one band will move forward to the American national final in New York City (date to be determined). The winner of the national final will move on to perform at the 29th 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.

The finalists will be selected as follows by city.

Cities to be determined.

National Final in New York City.


All bands that wish to participate in the Metal Battle must read the following rules and guidelines. Bands who send in an application automatically agree to the rules and terms.

●      Your band doesn’t have a record deal and isn’t about to sign to a label in the near future.
●      Your band can easily play a 25 minute set consisting of your own songs. (No Covers). Full set performance time is 25 mins.
●      PA, lighting, and sound engineer will be provided for all bands.
●      Backline arrangements TBC by local promoter.
●      The bands must bring their own instruments such as guitars, bass, drum breakables, keyboards and effect pedals and may also bring and use their own guitar and bass amps.
●      To keep the changeover times as short as possible, bands with left handed drummers will play as first or last band. All bands have to follow the directions given by the promoters or stage manager.
●      Semi playback is not allowed. All bands must play live. Background orchestrations are permitted as long as all vocals, guitars and bass are live.  Intros / interludes are also permitted.
●      Jury of respected music industry folk will decide the winners each night.

If a band overruns its allotted performance-time, then the band members should be aware of the fact that their sound might be faded out.  Time allotment on-stage will also be considered by the judges, who can give bands a lower score for not respecting the 25 minute schedule.  The running order for the concert will be released a few days before the event takes place.

Please Note:

Travel costs for the winning bands to the USA Metal Battle National Final (as well as city/ regional/state final)   is at their own expense.

Travel for the USA Metal Battle winning band to go to Germany is at their own expense.

Accommodations at the festival will be in the form of camping in the VIP area.
Full professional back line will be provided for performance.



●      Discounted advance tickets will be made available for the bands to buy, but not obligatory.
●      Bands may sell those tickets to their fans for the price they choose. (No obligation to sell, but encouraged for good crowd)
●      Walk-in Price TBC.

●      Discounted advance tickets will be made available for the bands to buy, but not obligatory.
●      Bands may sell those tickets to their fans for the price they choose. (No obligation to sell, but encouraged for good crowd)
●      Walk-in Price TBC.

●      Advance ticket price TBC.
●      Walk-in price TBC.

Arrangements will be made with the bands by local city promoters directly to provide them with the tickets.

This ticketing system is in place for the following reasons:
●      To ensure bands will perform in front of a good audience.
●      Offers bands a chance to earn some money from their ticket sales.
●      Ticket prices may differ from city to city.


Overall Performance:

This would be how well the band gels onstage.  Are they tight?  Are they entertaining to watch?  What is their level of showmanship?


What does this band bring to the scene that’s new in respect to the genre they claim to represent?


Does the band excel with musical prowess and abilities?


Is the idea of the band clear and focused.  Does their image do a good job at representing their sound?  Are they marketable?

Crowd reaction/Interaction:

Does the crowd seem to be enjoying the performance?  Is the band putting an effort into communicating with the audience?

Time Efficiency Onstage:

Does the band balance the use of their time well between addressing the crowd between songs and performing?  Do they take too long to set up or hinder the next band’s starting time because of changeover delays they’re responsible for?


Sponsors / Media Partners:
Los Cabos Drumsticks

Dungeon Works Productions
Asher Media Relations
Rind Records