Wacken Metal Battle Canada - Toronto - Final Round Bands + Featured Guests - June 9, 2018 @ The Opera House
JJ Tartaglia (Wacken Metal Battle Canada and U.S.A. & Boonsdale Records) - Metal Master Kingdom Interview
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Wacken Metal Battle Canada - National Final Joins Forces w/ Boonsdale Fest June 9th - Toronto @ Opera House
Remaining Battle Rounds:
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition where over a hundred band's from across the country battle each other for one to be selected and join over 20 other countries for 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.
Wacken Metal Battle 2014 Canada Finals by Ondeschocs.com: http://youtu.be/RrOGyBtqwaQ
For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:
Official Website: http://www.metalbattle.ca
For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit http://www.wacken.co
The show over, Dickens Pub remained abuzz with people speculating as to who would stand victorious after such hard-hitting performances from all contenders. Subsequent to careful deliberations that lasted nearly a half hour, guest judges Jesse Valstar and Geoff Bourie—co-founder of B.C.’s Armstrong Metal Festival and head promoter of Alberta’s Louder Than Hell festival, respectively—delivered the jury’s verdict. To the delight of their local supporters, Hammerdrone were hailed Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2018 western champions, and now had the honour of bearing the regional standard to the national final, which will be held in Toronto in June.
Throughout the WMBC 2018 events held in Calgary, a spirit of camaraderie between bands has been evident, and this night was no exception. Above all, the performers were all stoked to be on stage playing metal and sharing their passion with an appreciative audience. Given the caliber of the acts that spectators had the privilege of seeing, it’s clear that the scene across western Canada is healthy and strong, and that we can expect many great things—if not legendary figures—to emerge from it in the coming months and years.
A tip of the hat to Hammerdrone, Wasted Heretics, Apollyon, Protosequence, and all the other bands that dared step in the ring this year; to all the guest judges for giving so generously of their time; to Dickens Pub (and Distortion) for hosting the event; to Nancy Barnes and Nate Reno at Big Nate Productions, for making it all happen, and for making everything run like clockwork; to Casey Rogers and the others who also helped with sound and technical stuff; and last but certainly not least, to those who came out to support the bands, especially when the neverending winter weather might have made them want to stay home.
Will Hammerdrone end western Canada’s drought at the Wacken Metal Battle Canada national finals? Sadly, we’ll have to wait until June 9 to find out. While I, for one, am disappointed that I won’t be able to witness that grand showdown in person, you’ll go with the goodwill of a united western Canadian metal community, Hammerdrone. We know that you’ll make us proud.
Toronto - March 24 - Southern Ontario Final - Wacken Metal Battle Canada One Band To Play At Wacken Open Air (Germany) World's Largest Metal Festival
The 2018 battles and participating bands are as follows (rounds listed by city):
task of selecting one band to champion southern Alberta at the upcoming western Canadian final. Each group gave it their all, and with such distinct styles, it’s understandable the deliberations lasted as long as they did (nearly fourty-five minutes, if memory serves me right). In the end, the judges proclaimed Hammerdrone* the victors.
The bigger takeaway of the night, however, was the reaffirmation of just how strong, diverse, and vibrant Calgary and southern Alberta’s metal underground really is. With the area fielding significantly more bands than any other in the country save Toronto, one can only wonder how long it will take for the burgeoning local scene to achieve the notoriety it so rightly deserves. World, take notice!
And while Calgary has one more Wacken Metal Battle left to host (the western Canadian final on April 6), it isn’t too early to acknowledge the tremendous contributions that Nate Reno and Nancy Barnes at Big Nate Productions, and venues like Dickens’ Pub and Distortion have made to host these events and foster the development of the city’s metal talent and community.
My one wish for next year? There are so many awesome local bands with female members... I’d like to see more of our metal sisters grace the WMBC Calgary stages in future years!
In the meantime, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Vancouver... Hammerdrone awaits!
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