Wacken Metal Battle USA 2018 Announces Battle Rounds

Wacken Metal Battle
Wacken Metal Battle

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.

Last year’s battles saw the best from the Philadelphia and Boston areas, Corpse HoarderGobletPower 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 at the following link.

This year’s battle rounds are as follows (listed by city):

WACKEN METAL BATTLE 2018

Philadelphia, PA

Round 1
Date: Friday, March 9
Venue: Bar 2300 (2300 Swanson Street)
Event Link: TBA
Bands:
Stealing Fame
Assayer
Fatal Aggression
Andhera
Eyes of The Living

Round 2
Date: Saturday, March 17
Venue: Bar 2300 (2300 Swanson Street)
Event Link: TBA
Bands:
LOR
The Age of Truth
Symetria
Altar of Dagon
Incest Burner

East Coast Final
Date: April – TBA
Venue: Bar 2300 (2300 Swanson Street)
Event Link:
Bands: TBA


Orlando, FL

Round 1
Date: Saturday, March 10
Venue: Bombshell’s Tavern (5405 Edgewater Drive)
Event Link: TBA
Bands:
Kill The Sound
Mekanism
F.I.L.T.H.
Arakara
Acaedia
The Ocean, The Beast
Atlas

Round 2
Date: Friday, March 23
Venue: The Haven Lounge (6700 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, FL)
Event Link: TBA
Bands:
A Feasting Beast
All Hell
A Matter of Honor
Varanger
Queen Dementia
Withering Earth
Thicket


Tampa Bay, FL

Round 1
Date: Saturday, March 3
Venue: The Brass Mug (1450 Skipper Road)
Event Link: TBA
Bands:
Plagues of Despair
Death Inside Us
Led by Serpents
Alpha Decay
Dark Star Coven
Alptraum
Shattered
Sevin Sins

Round 2
Date: Saturday, April 7
Venue: The Brass Mug (1450 Skipper Road)
Event Link: TBA
Bands:
War of Thrones
Tower 7
Untoten Krieg
Blood, Bath & Beyond
5 Star Hooker
Sister Kill Cycle
Fallen Shall Prevail

Florida Final
Date: TBA
Venue: TBA
Event Link: TBA
Bands: TBA


San Diego, CA

Round 1
Date: Friday, March 2
Venue: Brick By Brick (1130 Buenos Ave.)
Event Link: TBA
Bands:
In The Name of The Dead
NightShadow
ShredBundy
Theosis
Warpath

Round 2
Date: Friday, March 30
Venue: Brick By Brick (1130 Buenos Ave.)
Event Link: TBA
Bands:
Gravespell
Gus Macarthur
Monarch
Sentinel
Temblad


Los Angeles, CA

Round 1
Date: Saturday, March 24
Venue: Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd, West Holywood)
Event Link: TBA
Bands:
Aeonic Impulse
Anthea
Edge of Paradise
Event Horizon
Ironaut

Round 2
Date: Saturday, April 14
Venue: Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd, West Holywood)
Event Link: TBA
Bands:
Bombscare
Railgun
Ophiuchus
Voices of Ruin
Void Vator

California Final
Date: Saturday, April 28
Venue: Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd, West Holywood)
Event Link:
Bands: TBA

USA National Final
Date: Saturday, May 26
Venue: Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd, West Holywood)
Event Link:
Bands: TBA

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