Wacken Metal Battle USA 2018

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Wacken Metal Battle USA 2018 Announces Battle Rounds

One Champion To Play At Wacken Open Air 2018

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.

Last year’s battles 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.

Watch live video of their performance at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy9qkb6Fmc8

This year’s battle rounds are as follows (listed by city):


Philadelphia, PA

Round 1
Date: Friday, March 9
Venue: Bar 2300 (2300 Swanson Street)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/163957861049810/
STEALING FAME – http://www.stealingfame.com
Assayer – http://www.assayermetal.com
Fatal Aggression – http://www.facebook.com/FatalAggression/
Andhera – http://andheraband.com – WINNER
Eyes of the Living – http://eyesoftheliving.com – WINNER

Round 2
Date: Saturday, March 17
Venue: Bar 2300 (2300 Swanson Street)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/193560017891796/
Lör – http://halloflor.bandcamp.com – WILDCARD WINNER
The Age Of Truth – http://www.theageoftruth.net – WINNER
Symetria – http://www.symetriamusic.com
Altar of Dagon – http://altarofdagon.com
Incest Burner – http://www.reverbnation.com/incestburner – WINNER

East Coast Final
Date: Friday, April 27
Venue: Bar 2300 (2300 Swanson Street)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/189305785014396/
Andhera – http://andheraband.com 
Eyes of the Living – http://eyesoftheliving.com – WINNER
The Age Of Truth – http://www.theageoftruth.net 
Incest Burner – http://www.reverbnation.com/incestburner 
Lör – http://halloflor.bandcamp.com

Orlando, FL

Round 1
Date: Saturday, March 10
Venue: Bombshell’s Tavern (5405 Edgewater Drive)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/849369768558337/
Kill The Sound – http://killthesoundband.com
Meka Nism – http://www.meka-nism.com – WINNER
F.I.L.T.H – http://wearefilth.com
Arakara – http://www.facebook.com/arakaraband/
Acaedia – http://www.acaedia.com
The Ocean, The Beast – https://www.facebook.com/TheoceanTheBeastFL/
Atlas – http://atlasbandfl.bandcamp.com

Round 2
Date: Friday, March 23
Venue: The Haven Lounge (6700 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, FL)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/1667463383314265/
A Feasting Beast – http://afeastingbeast.com
All Hell – http://www.facebook.com/allhellmusic
A Matter Of Honor – http://www.amatterofhonor.com
Varanger – http://varanger.bandcamp.com
Queen Dementia – http://www.queendementia.com/index.php
Withering Earth – http://witheringearth.bandcamp.com – WINNER
Thicket – http://thicket13.bandcamp.com

Florida Final
Date: Friday, April 13
Venue: The Haven Lounge (6700 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, FL)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/393122734431512/
Alpha Decay – http://www.alphadecaymusic.com 
Shattered – http://www.shattered727.com 
Meka Nism – http://www.meka-nism.com
Withering Earth – http://witheringearth.bandcamp.com – WINNER
Sons Of Ragnar – http://sonsofragnar.bandcamp.com
5 Star Hooker – http://5starhooker.com – WILD CARD
Varanger – http://varanger.bandcamp.com – WILD CARD

Tampa Bay, FL

Round 1
Date: Saturday, March 3
Venue: The Brass Mug (1450 Skipper Road)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/558948151112897/
Plagues Of Despair – https://www.facebook.com/Plagues-Of-Despair-519967741704872/
Death Inside Us – http://deathinsideus.bandcamp.com
Alpha Decay – http://www.alphadecaymusic.com – WINNER
DARK STAR COVEN – http://darkstarcoven.bandcamp.com
Alptraum – http://alptraum1.bandcamp.com/releases
Shattered – http://www.shattered727.com – WINNER
SEVENSINS – http://www.sevensinsmiami.bandcamp.com

Round 2
Date: Saturday, April 7
Venue: The Brass Mug (1450 Skipper Road)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/207119449849234/
War of Thrones – http://www.warofthrones.com
Tower 7 – http://www.facebook.com/Tower7official/
Blood Bath & Beyond – http://www.bloodbathandbeyond.rocks
5 Star Hooker – http://5starhooker.com – WILD CARD
SISTER KILL CYCLE – http://www.reverbnation.com/sisterkillcycle
The Fallen Shall Prevail – http://www.facebook.com/thefallenshallprevail
Sons Of Ragnar – http://sonsofragnar.bandcamp.com – WINNER


San Diego, CA

Round 1
Date: Friday, March 2
Venue: Brick By Brick (1130 Buenos Ave.)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/206913499859576/
In The Name Of The Dead – http://www.facebook.com/InTheNameOfTheDead
Nightshadow – http://www.reverbnation.com/nightshadow – WINNER
Shred Bundy – http://shredbundy.bandcamp.com
Theosis – http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/theosis4
Warpath – http://www.reverbnation.com/warpath4

Round 2
Date: Friday, March 30
Venue: Brick By Brick (1130 Buenos Ave.)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/213407149228025/
Gravespell – http://gravespell.bandcamp.com
Gus McArthur – http://www.gusmcarthur.com
Monarch – http://monarchmetal.bandcamp.com – WINNER
SentineL – http://sentinelofficial.com
Temblad – http://www.temblad.com


Los Angeles, CA

Round 1
Date: Saturday, March 24
Venue: Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd, West Holywood)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/187367105325968/
Aeonic Impulse – http://www.aeonicimpulse.com
Anthea – band – http://www.antheametal.com
OBSIDIAN – http://www.youtube.com/user/ObsidianSymphony – WINNER
Event Horizon – http://www.eventhorizonmusic.com
Anti-Hero – http://www.facebook.com/Antiherothrashmetal

Round 2
Date: Saturday, April 14
Venue: Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd, West Holywood)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2454079034817485/
BOMBSCARE – http://bombscare.bandcamp.com
Railgun – http://www.railgunband.com
Ophiuchus – http://www.ophiuchusrocks.com
Voices of Ruin – http://www.voicesofruin.com – WINNER
Void Vator – http://voidvator.com – WINNER

California Final
Date: Saturday, April 28
Venue: Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd, West Holywood)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2041247922822877/
Nightshadow – http://www.reverbnation.com/nightshadow
OBSIDIAN – http://www.youtube.com/user/ObsidianSymphony
Monarch – http://monarchmetal.bandcamp.com
Voices of Ruin – http://www.voicesofruin.com – WINNER
Void Vator – http://voidvator.com

USA National Final
Date: Saturday, May 26
Venue: Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd, West Holywood)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/142549226414495/
Withering Earth – http://witheringearth.bandcamp.com (Florida Winner)
Eyes of the Living – http://eyesoftheliving.com (East Coast Winner – Philly)
Voices of Ruin – http://www.voicesofruin.com (California Winner)



Wacken Metal Battle USA is part of an international competition that sees bands from across the country battle each other for the chance of winning their spot among 29 other countries’ champions, and representing the USA in an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival: Wacken Open Air, which has been taking place in Wacken , Germany for the last 28 years. The winner of Wacken Metal Battle USA will perform at the 2018 festival taking place from August 2nd – 4th.


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?


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