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Wacken Metal Battle Canada: Hamilton’s PROFANER Win 2nd Place At International Wacken Metal Battle At Wacken Open Air

August 6th, 2016

Free Download – Vol 4. Compilation featuring over 90 bands and 7 Hours of Canadian Metal – here.

Hamilton, ON’s PROFANER conquered the 2016 WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA competition this past June beating out over 100 bands from across the country to be the ‘One Band To Rule Them All’ and perform at the world’s largest metal fest Wacken Open Air 2016 in Wacken, Germany, which holds an attendance of over 80,000 metalheads. Ready to pillage the crowds at the international WACKEN METAL BATTLE representing Canada among 27 other countries,  the dust settled from all the mosh pits and PROFANER were presented 2nd place for this year’s 2016 world competition, continuing the prestige of metal talent produced out of Canada.

Witnessed by WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia at Wacken Open Air, he had this to comment:

“Profaner played their best set I’ve seen yet. They’ve beyond proven themselves here at Wacken and have impressed a lot of people. I’ve never been prouder of the Metal Battle and the dreams that it realizes. Canadian metal is stronger than ever!”

PROFANER also commented on their win:

“Profaner takes second place!!!! We won 1000 beers!! Thank you to everyone involved back home and worldwide. We owe you our greatest thanks for all our success. This is beyond a dream come true. Thank you Wacken Open Air and Wacken Metal Battle Canada. Can’t wait to come back home and celebrate with Crimson Shadows and Vesperia.

PROFANER was defending Canada’s world title after Vesperia were crowned 2015 world champions. In the last three years of Canada’s participation, they have produced two world champions, Vesperia (2015) (video) and Crimson Shadows (2013) (video).

2016 Trailer Video –

The 2016 national final for Wacken Metal Battle Canada was held on June 11th in Toronto, ON at The Opera House,  with the country’s top five bands, Vancouver’s The Mountain Man (BC Winner), Edmonton’s Tales of The Tomb (Prairie Winner), Hamilton’s Profaner and Toronto’s Pyramid Theorem (Ontario Winners) plus Montreal’s DistortHead (Quebec Winner).

The national final judges were Noel Peters (Inertia Entertainment), Sarah Lutz (Metal Blade Canada), Darryl Hurs (Indie Week), Chris Gonda (, Tim Henderson (, Andrew Epstein (Zombitrol Productions) and Glenn Fricker (Spectre Media Group) proclaimed Hamilton, ON’s PROFANER, Wacken Metal Battle Canada’s 2016 champion to join the ranks of previous national winners Vesperia (2015), MUTANK (2014) and Crimson Shadows (2013).

All Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2016 Battle Rounds info can be found here.


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WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA 2016! Band Submissions Open Nov 5th! New Cities Added!

November 1st, 2015

2016 Trailer Video –


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WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA is proud to return for its fourth year showcasing Canada’s top 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. 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.

This year’s 2016 edition has expanded once again across the country with Hamilton and London and cities from BC’s Lower Mainland, Island and Interior set to be announced at a later date joining the ranks of Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.

“It’s hard to believe that we are already on our 4th edition of the Metal Battle. As always we are striving to make it the best one yet! Expanding to new cities is key to our growth, and we’re very pleased with the addition of Hamilton and London in Ontario, and the Interior in BC. So prepare for a wild year of quality showcases across our great country, and let us all join in celebrating Canadian metal.” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.

Submissions for bands from across Canada will be open as of November 5, 2015 and end on January 5th 11:59pm EST. Bands can submit their application for participation at the following link:

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SAVATAGE/TSO – Al Pitrelli, Chris Caffery and Paul O’Neill

October 28th, 2015



Savatage and Trans Siberian Orchestra literally blew the two stages away by offering a huge visual spectacle at Wacken Open Air this August. The whole show was beyond  normal human comprehension and understanding. Seeing this one of kind spectacle can’t be compared to any other show in the music industry. After gasping some air we sat down with Al Pitrelli, Chris Caffery, and the mastermind of both the outfits, Paul O’Neil, to discuss the return of Savatage to Wacken and above all Trans Siberian Orchestra, whom enjoy tremendous success in North America.

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Wacken Open Air 2015

September 29th, 2015


Wacken being sold out is a kind of mystery, for sure. The event is somehow sold out every year, but this year’s sell out wasn’t a surprise as Savatage with Trans Siberian Orchestra and Judas Priest were headliners. Thousands and thousands of metal fans from every corner of the world arrived at Wacken to have fun and enjoy metal. Instead the weather gods didn’t show much support towards the festival and all its visitors. The hard rains literally ruined the ground and soil of the festival area. The whole Wacken village and large area of fields became the ultimate mud war field. The weekend at Wacken was one hell of a surviving camp.

Despite the tremendous problems and brutal field of mud, the people still gathered to witness the return and resurrection of Savatage and the massive show from Trans Siberian Orchestra.

Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

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Wacken 2015 (Preview)

May 24th, 2015

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The Wacken Open Air festival is held nearby Hamburg in a village simply called Wacken every year in the end of July and beginning of August. Every year about 100,000 metal maniacs gather to witness great performances by several metal bands in the festival. Booked bands on the bill present a wide range of metal, from extreme metal to symphonic power metal.

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Submissions Now Open! Wacken Metal Battle Canada Returns! ‘One Band To Rule Them All’

January 8th, 2014

Submissions Now Open! Wacken Metal Battle Canada Returns! ‘One Band To Rule Them All’

Last year’s first ever Wacken Metal Battle Canada was witnessed to Toronto, ON’s epic power/death metal band Crimson Shadows not only winning the 2013 Canadian final but conquering the international final in Wacken, Germany where they performed in front of thousands unknown to their behemoth sound of metal. (Video of that champion set can be viewed here.)

With that great success and triumph for Canadian metal, Wacken Metal Battle Canada will be expanding across the country in 2014.

“We’re very pleased to announce that Metal Battle has been expanded to include Western Canada. Battles will happen in Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver and we expect some quality submissions from those major cities to join Toronto and Montreal. Given the interest we received last year from the West, this expansion was inevitable. We’ve been working hard to overcome the geographical challenges – the result will be a bigger and better competition.” comments Wacken Metal Battle Canada organizer JJ Tartaglia.

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WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA Unleashes FREE DOWNLOAD Compilation of Competing Bands

April 18th, 2013

Wacken Metal Battle Canada has unleashed a FREE DOWNLOAD compilation to promote some of the top Canadian metal talents competing in this year’s largest metal contest for one true champion to represent the nation with the highest honor at this summer’s 2013 edition of Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany.

Promo Video – Wacken Metal Battle Canada –

The FREE DOWNLOAD is available at the following link here.

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W:O:A 2013 – Run for tickets is still unbroken

August 16th, 2012

Hello Metalheads,

The W:O:A 2013 presale runs on high speed so this week provide you with the next update regarding the current ticket sale.

Further we present the a real unique special of ex-Nightwish vocalist Tarja and Pledge Music as well as news from the Hamburg Metal Dayz.

Further issues: The new “Live at Wacken 2011” DVD, W:O:A video spcials on WackenTube, streams and TV-broadcasts on ZDFkultur & as well as the donation for the metalhead who sadly deceased during the last Wacken Open Air.

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W:O:A 2013 – Run for tickets is still unbroken

The presale for the 24th edition of Wacken Open Air, which will occur from the 1st to 3rd of August 2013 is taking up more and more speed! After the big run for the X-Mas tickets and normal 3-Day-All-In tickets after the presale start on Monday, the demand for tickets in the second is still unbroken.

By now we can confirm that 35000 Tickets are already sold – That´s a new record high!

Herewith we want to say thank you again to all metalheads for their great support and loyalty for all the years!
And also in the next year we will present a great festival with lots of surprises and top-acts!

With bands like Deep Purple, Anthrax, Sabaton, Nightwish, Doro (30th Anniversary Show), Arch Enemy, Lingua Mortis Feat. Rage, Subway To Sally and Amorphis (plus special Acoustic Show) we have already given you a good taste of what´s awaiting you in the next amazing line-up. Further band highlights are coming soon!

The coveted original Wacken tickets are available only at or via telephone at the following number: +49 (0) 4627- 18 3838.

We want to ask you to not use Ebay, Seatwave, Viagogo and others to stop dealing with tickets! Due to the personalization we have implemented this year for the first time, the resale is definitely forbidden and will be tracked with legal actions. With this action we want to make sure that YOU – the fans – will get the tickets but not any kind of hustlers.

Detailed info about personalization can be found under FAQ´s personalization.

In metal we trust – see you in Wacken – rain or shine!

W:O:A Team

Hamburg Metal Dayz – The heaviest event at the Reeperbahn Festival

Just one month is left until the 1st Hamburg Metal Dayz will open its doors as part of the “Reeperbahn Festival”.

From Sept 20th-22nd, you will get the full experience of Metal at the Markthalle Hamburg: Three days of concerts, workshops, signing sessions, expert roundtables, meet & greets, exhibitions and more!

Fans from all kinds of metal will get music of their personal taste: On Thursday´s “Progression Day” bands of the modern and heavy side of Metal like Heaven Shall Burn, Callejon and Neara will blow the audience away. On Friday we will proceed with rock and metal acts like Saxon, Audrey Horne and Dezperadoz. On Saturday bands like Doro, Betontod and Endstille will rock the audience with their performaces.

The complete line-up can be found HERE.

One day tickets will each cost 23€- There is also a limited amount of 2-Day tickets (Fr/Sa) for 39,50€ and 3-Day tickets (Thursday-Saturday) for 52,70€ available.

But the Metal Dayz are not only interesting for fans: Especially musicians and newcomer bands will get answers for questions like „Career aspirations & working in the music business“, „The future of Metal“ and „How to push your own band through the panels and roundtable discussions.

The Metal Dayz will occur in the Markthalle which belongs to the most important concert venues of the city and offeres several rooms for the many shows and activities at the Hamburg Metal Dayz. The Markthalle is located close to the main station.

All tickets are available at oder +49 (0) 4627 – 18 38 0.

Hamburg Metal Dayz
presented by Wacken Open Air und Reeperbahn Festival in cooperation with Hamburg Konzerte, Kingstar Music, Impericon, iM1, Wacken Foundation und ICS Festival Service 20.-22. September 2012
Markthalle, Hamburg Do-Fr ab 17 Uhr, Sa ab 15 Uhr.

TARJA – ACT I Special on Pledge Music

ACT I in special elaborated fan packages
Donation of profits will go to Wacken Foundation
First taste of ACT I for free at Wackentube!

Tarja will release her first solo live audio and video product in her rock outfit. Via Pledge fans can purchase a very special and limited 80 and more pages photobook (including 3 – ! – DVDs and 2 CDs), a rare and limited vinyl version of the product plus many personalized Tarja gimmicks and clothing items.
The live recordings and filmings of ACT I took place in Argentina and the photobook (also referred to as “mediabook”) features one full exclusive concert which cannot be purchased anywhere else than in this mediabook. A first taste of the live product is for free! Wackentube will feature a trailer which will show you a lot what the fan package will look like. Please check HERE for an astonishing look at ACT I. So worth checking it!

ATTENTION: The Pledge-campaign will end this Sunday, August 19th, thus the fan packages can only be ordered until then. So hurry up to save your version of ACT I!

No other voice and artist influenced and basically created the female fronted symphonic metal genre more than Tarja Turunen. A pioneer in Goth-, Opera and Symphonic Metal, the classically trained Finn rose to fame with the metal outfit Nightwish, whose face and voice she was for 9 years. Releasing two very successful solo albums (2007 and 2010) afterwards, awarded gold and Platinum in many countries, Tarja Turunen toured the world with her new band, including Wacken Open Air.

The last roadtrip ended in South America, where Tarja filmed and recorded ACT I. The main content was filmed and recorded this March in Rosario, Argentina, in a beautiful theatre setting. The video-products include plenty of extras – video and photo material. Besides the Pledge products, a 2CD is available in regular retail just as well as a 2DVD and Blu-Ray version.

ACT I delivers the most intense, the most personal and most intimate Tarja performances and footage so far. The artist herself admits, she “was many times ready to burst into tears.”” With the elaborate packaging, tracklisting and its extras, ACT I provides the full-fledged bill of fare to either Tarja fan. Two brand new Tarja songs will be featured on the album, one of them is the first single out of ACT I, “Into The Sun”, which can already be purchased digitally. The remaining tracklisting consists of Tarja’s greatest solo tracks, many Nightwish classics as well as some cover versions, such as “Phantom of the Opera” or marvellous Gary Moore’s “Over The Hills and Far Away” – or to make it short: a unique blend of music selection.

ACT I, as the title already suggests, is the vanguard in a sequence of live products. A successor live product is planned at a yet to be determined point of time.
While releasing ACT I, Tarja is already working on her next solo studio album.

Fans should not miss the opportunity to purchase the limited and rare TARJA fan packages on Pledge. More info can be found here:

TARJA decided to donate a share of the income out of this product to the WACKEN FOUNDATION. A great product and the foundation (dedicated to the advancement of young artists) team up for a good cause!!!

At fans receive first insight on the product, Tarja frequently communicates with her fans and updates her followers on the process in the Pledge campaign, the live product, etc.

Live at Wacken 2011 – Entered german “Media Control” music DVD charts on place No 2!

The new DVD Package “Live at Wacken 2011” (also available as Blue Ray/Double CD) which is available since W:O:A 2012 entered the German “Media Control” Charts on #2 after the first week of it´s release!

Herewith we want to give a big thank you to all fans!

All info about the current release can be found HERE

W:O:A Streams and TV broadcasts on ZDFkultur and

Also this year ZDFkultur supported the media world with live broadcasts, interviews and backstage material from Wacken Open Air.

On ZDFkultur you can see daily new live highlights from this years festival (f.e. today with Dimmu Borgir & Orchestra) as well as several interviews with artists and backstage reports.

Detailed broadcasting dates can be found HERE

Further has also tons of new material of intervies (f.e. with Doro), live streams and much more.

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The Metal-Community takes leave of Michael-Andreas Haringer

Due to a tragic accident Michael-Andreas Haringer died on the 4th of August at the Wacken Open Air.
All of us – Community and W:O:A team can´t believe this disaster and with our thoughts we join family and friends of the deceased metalhead.

A lot of mails and phone calls asking how to help the family have reached us until now.
Friends of Michael have set up a bank account for donations. A part of the donations will be paid for the grave and funeral. All surplus will go to the crisis intervention team.

Everyone who wants to donate can do it at this bank account:

Account details:
Jürgen Seeburger
Account number: 202566745
Bank routing code: 71061009
Bank establishement: VR-Meine Raiffeisenbank
Key word: Michael Haringer

We hope that this helps and we thank everybody for their support.

In silent mourning,
The W:O:A Community & W:O:A team

W:O:A Video-Specials on WackenTube

For all of those who were not at Wacken in this year we have collected a lot of nice wacken 2012 videos on WackenTube.

For example the Best Impressions Trailer, the Relentless at Wacken Trailer, the Service and Quality Team Trailer
or the Aircam records

It´s worth it!

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Wacken Open Air 2012 – 2nd – 4th August

June 29th, 2012 will be attending and covering the festival…
Watch for it!

The words Wacken and Sold Out always seem to go together a little too easily, so it will come as no surprise that once again the top of the heavy-metal-festival-pyramid has long been oversubscribed. In fact it would appear to have broken all previous sales records, having sold out of all tickets a good eight months before its August opening.

At 23 years old, Wacken has well-earned its status as the biggest heavy metal open air festival in the world, and in many cases is considered to be the forefront event in metal’s bulging calendar. Considering the line-up on offer this year, which includes Ministry, Machine Head, Paradise Lost, Napalm Death, Cradle of Filth, Amon Amarth, The Scorpions, Opeth, In Flames, Sacred Reich, and numerous other bands – big and small, it certainly looks as though the team are taking their commitment to provide a class billing every year seriously.

Besides the music though, Wacken’s lingering memory also lies in the multitude of additional treats on offer from role-playing Vikings, to experiencing the end of time at the Thrash Of The Titans Field, wandering around numerous shops and stalls, and if desired even having the privilege of your own Metal Mobil WC!

For more information, or to get your juices flowing with the full lineup head over to

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Wacken 2007

October 9th, 2007

Wacken Open Air 2007 

Wacken is a blessed mecca of the whole metal world. Again this year it was entirely sold out when ten thousands of metal manics travelled from all around the world to gather and witness plenty of ass kicking bands. The weather forecast for Wacken didn’t look that promising. The chaotic and muddy mess caused by long and heavy rains rampaged the ground during the whole summer. The  festival often provides a survival test to every visitor with its mud and crap. But but gods of metal had seen the light and blessed the whole three day metal inferno with tremendous extreme heat and a sunny weekend. Things could not be better…sun, metal and beer. That combination is nothing but an utter perfect way to enjoy the metallic mayhem at Wacken.

As usual, the true metal commando team from Metal-Rules.Com was there again witnessing a helluva lot of great bands and above all an unexpected huge fire in the main area. Feel, see and enjoy this article.

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On the Silver Mountain — Wacken Open Air 2004

October 17th, 2004

On the Silver Mountain
The Wacken 2004 Experience

By Michael De Los Muertos
Additional Commentary by Ice Maiden

Photos by Ice Maiden, Alison Jacob and Michael De Los Muertos

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September 1st, 2000


We are please to present you with our exclusive coverage of the Wacken Open Air 2000 Festival. For those of you who haven’t heard of this festival, Wacken is a Mecca for metalheads in Europe, and for those elsewhere who can afford to fly there :-)! Wacken is a small village in northern Germany, about 50km northwest of Hamburg. secured backstage and photo passes for the festival for our two newest staff members – Michael De Los Meurtos (author of the excellent book Fire, Metal, Blood and Money) and Ice Maiden.  Metal Cid also tagged along and has written up his review of this two-day festival.

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