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:
(Submissions open from Nov 20th to Dec 31st, 2017 – 11:59pm EST)
Current cities confirmed:
Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego. More to be announced.
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 who performed a furious set at the 2017 Wacken Open Air.
Watch live video of their performance here:
Live Photo Credit:
Hugo Miguel Delgado - ShowMeYourMetal.net
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.
For more info on Wacken Metal Battle USA, please visit these links:
Official Website: http://www.metalbattlusa.com
For more info on international battle, please visit:
For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit
Sponsors / Media Partners:
Los Cabos Drumsticks
Dungeon Works Productions
Asher Media Relations
One Champion To Play At Wacken Open Air 2018