We were recently asked to share this bit of news and so here it is, its time for the bands of the USA on the independent and unsigned side, to gird their best weapons of music and compete in the Wacken Metal Battle USA. Check out the full press release we received below.
The Press Release:
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 w more TBA.
Last year’s battle saw the best from the Philadelphia and Boston areas, Corpse Hoarder, Goblet, Power 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 embedded below:
About: 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 Rules: https://metalbattleusa.com/rules/
For more info on Wacken Metal Battle USA, please visit the links below:
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Hey I don’t have much to add here but figure if you have a Metal band that is actively performing and doing everything in your power to make a difference then you should be looking into the competition. The Wacken Open Air Festival is something that I’ve wanted to attend for years but the logistics in doing it are just too great. Thank the Metal Gods for YouTube.com since its always got a lot of clips from some amazing talent. So tell me folks, if you are in the musician side of our readership, will you be giving this competition a go? If you do, keep us in the loop and of course —- “GOOD LUCK”.
Official Website: http://www.metalbattlusa.com
International Battle: http://www.metal-battle.com
Wacken Open Air: http://www.wacken.com