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Wacken Metal Battle USA is part of an international competition where band’s from across the country battle each other for one to be selected and join 27 other countries for 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 27 years. The winner of Wacken Metal Battle USA will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd-5th.

How it works:

Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals (dates to be determined) selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in New York City (date to be determined) with one being selected to perform at the 28th edition of Wacken Open Air. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.

The finalists will be selected as follows by city.

2 Finalist from Boston
2 Finalist from Philadelphia
2 Finalists from New York City
National Final in New York City

For more info on Wacken Metal Battle USA, please visit these links:

Official Website: http://www.metalbattleusa.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wacken-Metal-Battle-USA-191594501261212/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetalBattleUSA 

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit http://www.wacken.com



The Metal Battle takes place for the 14th time in 2017. Since then it brings together the worldwide metal scenes at the Wacken Open Air. The contest supported several bands at their starting point of their career, e.g. Drone, Torture Squad, Battle Beast and Hammercult.

But not only for the bands the Metal Battle is a fantastic option to represent themselves. Although many countries joined the Metal Battle which the metal world didn’t pay much attention to before; even as these countries have a great metal scene as well. That’s the reason why the Metal Battle grew and more than 40 countries joined the competition. Countries like Canada, Mexico, South Africa, the Middle East, Bulgaria, China, Japan (just to name a few) entered this worldwide network to figure out one band that represents their local scene at the international final round at the Wacken Open Air.

Traditionally the final takes place at the WET Stage and the Headbanger’s Stage of the W:O:A. The bands do have the option to give hell to the audience of the biggest metal festival in the world and to show them what metal is about in their home country.
In the end the jury will select a “top 5” and the bands will be rewarded with material and cash prizes.

Also the Metal Battle final at the W:O:A will be a forum for all participating bands where they can get in touch with producers, manager, booking agents and labels. So the Metal Battle gives a chance to all participating bands to establish contacts which can be useful for their musical future.


The international jury will select 5 bands with a ranking from 1 to 5 out of all participating bands from the final round of the Metal Battle at the Wacken Open Air 2016.
The prizes in 2015 were sponsored by our partners of Visions Backdrops, Marshall, Paiste, Randall, Markbass, Pearl, Washburn.


PopXport, the tv music magazine of Deutsche Welle is our mediapartner of this year’s WOA Metal Battle. Every winning band will receive an exclusive interview and portrait of them on their website and channel which will be filmed at the WOA 2016. Every TV report will be broadcastet in German and English and will be provided to the bands for promotional use.


  • Randall RD45H
  • Washburn PX-Ssolar16ETC
  • Markbass Standart 104HF  
  • Paiste Becken Satz Metal Alpha Serie  
  • 5000€ from the Wacken Foundation 


  • Randall RGOD  
  • Washburn PXM10FRQTBLM  
  • Markbass Little Mark 800  
  • Paiste Cymbal Bag  
  • 4000€ from the Wacken Foundation 


  • Randall RGOD 
  • Washburn PXL10WA 
  • Markbass Compressor 
  • Paiste Stick Bag
  • 3000€ from the Wacken Foundation 


  • Randall RGOD 
  • Washburn PX-SolarV160WHMK 
  • Paiste T-Shirt 
  • 2000€ from the Wacken Foundation 


  • Randall RGOD 
  • Washburn PXZ200B 
  • 1000€ from the Wacken Foundation 


Every national winner gets a FRIENDS OF RANDALL and FRIENDS OF WASHBURN contract, which allows them to purchase items of Washburn and Randall with a special sales discount.