WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia comments:
"We are absolutely stoked about the line-up for the Finals. These bands are the best of the best, and they've proven themselves round after round to earn their place on the Final stage. There will be passion, sweat, and glory. Let this be a testament to what Canada has to offer in metal music."
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce their national final line up consisting of bands from across the country. After hundreds of submissions and over 100 bands selected to compete in the battles that took place from the West coast of Vancouver to the Rockies of Alberta in Calgary and Edmonton to central Canada in Toronto and Montreal. The final line up consists of Canada's top independent metal bands for one to rule them all and perform at the international Wacken Metal Battle during Wacken Open Air 2014 taking place from July 31-Aug 2, which saw last year's Canadian winners Crimson Shadows become the 2013 WMB international champions.
The national final in Toronto will take place on
Saturday, June 7 at Opera House (735 Queen St E.) with
Neck of The Woods from Vancouver, Exit Strategy from Calgary, Mutank from Montreal plus My Hollow and Burning The Day from Toronto with guest headliner Skull Fist closing the night. One band will be chosen by a panel of music industry judges that includes Robb Reiner (Anvil), Noel Peters (Inertia Entertainment), Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle Of Filth), Jon Asher (Asher Media Relations), Adam Sewell (Riot, Rock Management / Stereo Dynamite), Darrell Shelley (Scene Magazine), Tim Henderson (BW&BK), Drew Copland (Villainizer).