WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA is proud to announce the Ontario Finalrounds on April 16that Hard Luck Bar and April 22nd at Rivoli in Toronto, ON for this year's 2016 national competition to send one independent metal talent to the world stage at Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, which holds an attendance of over 80,000 metalheads from around the world. After battle rounds in Toronto, London, Hamilton and Ottawa during the months of March and April, the following bands listed below will be performing in the Ontario finals for two to move on to perform at the National Final in Toronto on June 11th at the Opera House for 'One Band To Rule Them All' and play at Wacken Open Air 2016.
This is WMBC's fourth year hosting the competition across country in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. For the last three years that Wacken Metal Battle has been held in Canada, it has produced two world champions Vesperia (2015) and Crimson Shadows (2013) to triumph at the international Wacken Metal Battle beating out over 30 other representing countries from around the globe.
Who says second best band doesn't get anything...WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA is proud to announce this year's 2016 national runner up will receive the following promotion package from our media partner PureGrainAudio.com. ONE BAND TO PureGrainAudio.com THEM ALL!
This year's WMBC 2016 Runner-up winner will take home the following promotional package (valued at approximately $3k) from our media partner and Canada's premiere Rock/Metal/Punk/Hardcore site, PureGrainAudio.com:
- A video interview shot and edited by PureGrainAudio (Guess who gets to be a rockstar...) - A featured Contest of the band's choosing - giveaway of signed merch, music, etc. - A Free Song Download article that's featured at the very top of PureGrainAudio's Audio section for at least 1 week! - A Photo shoot with the band. Either a live show shoot or band pics. - One month free web advertisement banner on PureGrainAudio.
Round three of Wacken Metal Battle Canada opened up the night in Toronto’s The Hard Luck Club with five bands battling it off in the hopes of earning a spot in the semi-finals. First up was Milk Room, named after the elementary school milk room where the band was first formed. These guys incorporated some progressive elements into their heavy tunes reminding me a bit of Protest the Hero. I would have liked it more if Milk Room loosened up a bit on stage and worked a bit more on their actual performance. Their set was pretty solid, but sadly these musicians seemed to be asleep at their stations focusing more on the songs than giving a stellar performance.
Based in Walkerton, ON, Odium took the night onto a more melodic/death metal route with their catchy tunes which incorporated heavy riffs, fast-tempo beats and a combination of growls and melancholic clean vocals. Odium seemed to be a bit more seasoned than the previous acts and began to work the stage. I was quite happy to see a band finally give a performance worthy of their groovalicious tunes.
Journalist: Kirsti Heitz Photographer: Alex Stojanovic Photo edit: Navneet Johal
Milk Room Julian Oliveira - Vocals Chris Braga - Guitar Justin Teves - Guitar Matthew Nguyen - Bass Matthew Iannuzzi - Drums
On the Verge - Forfeit Dave Adams – Guitar/Vocals Des (Diggler) Ambrose - Bass Rick Welbanks – Drums
The Parallax Antonio Moreira - Guitars/Vocals Sean Deschenes - Bass Sorin Simion - Guitars Derek Joson – Drums
Odium - winner Joe Mullen - Drums Bo Louther - Guitars Marc Dobson - Guitars Jake Fortney - Bass Andrew Fullerton - Vocals
Mirrelia Nick - Vocals SJP - Vocals/Guitars Jimmy - Bass Carl – Drums
Next up was supposed to be On the Verge but they unfortunately had to forfeit their spot due to some technical issues they were having with their missing drummer. Instead we had The Parralax up next who brought their own stage lights and continued with the theme of progressive metal. With versatile and interesting tunes that used progressive arrangements with the heavy elements of metal, The Parralax played a more instrumental set with vocalist Antonio Moreira setting aside his guitar to take up some growls. They ended their set with the intro to The Powerpuff Girls opening up their final tune and one diligent fan headbanging throughout their set.
Closing the night was Mirrelia, who started their set with a dramatic symphonic intro and immediately kicked up the energy level. Vocalist Nick mentioned that tonight was his first show in three years and good for him because I sincerely wasn’t able to tell. Nick's and guitarist SJP combined their vocals creating a groovy duet enhanced by the heavy musical arrangements of the band. Though all the bands did a fantastic job, only one band continues on to the Semi-finals.