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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 29 years. The winner of Wacken Metal Battle USA will perform at the 2019 festival taking place from August 1st – 3rd.

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 (date and city to be determined). The winner of the 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.

The finalists will be selected as follows by city.

Cities to be determined.


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 16th time in 2019. 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 2017.

Prizes for all winners

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 2017. Every TV report will be broadcastet in German and English and will be provided to the bands for promotional use.

1st Place

– Markbass Standart 104HF
– 5000€ from the Wacken Foundation
– Metal Ride 20
– T Shirt Paiste Logo
– Schecter Guitar, C-6 Deluxe
– Ernie Ball Guitar Strings (2 x)

2nd Place

– Markbass Little Mark III 15th Anniversary
– 4000€ from the Wacken Foundation
– Metal Crash 18 und Metal Crash 17
– T Shirt Paiste
– Ernie Ball String Winder (electric)
– Ernie Ball Guitar Strings (2 x)

3rd Place

– Markbass Compressore
– 3000€ from the Company Pohl-Boskamp
– Alpha Serie Becken 14 Metal Edge Hihat
– T Shirt Paiste
– Ernie Ball Tool Kit
– Ernie Ball Guitar Strings (2 x)

4th Place

– Markbass Mark Stand
– 2000€ from the Wacken Foundation
– Metal Splash 10
– Paiste Hoodie
– Ernie Ball Guitar Belt (2 x)
– Marshall Headphones (5 x)
– Ernie Ball Guitar Strings (2 x)

5th Place

– Markbass Bass Keeper
– 1000€ from the Wacken Foundation
– Paiste Hoodie
– T-Shirt Paiste Logo
– Ernie Ball Guitar Belt (1 x)
– Marshall Headphones (5 x)
– Ernie Ball Guitar Strings (2 x)