Wacken Metal Battle Canada – Winner Selected

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Thank you Canada! Bands, Judges, Sponsors, Media Partners, Fans for an amazing 2016 Edition and Finals!

Congratulations to Profaner who will be representing our country at the international battle at Wacken Open Air \m/\m/


Congratulations to Profaner
Congratulations to Profaner

Wacken Metal Battle Canada
Wacken Metal Battle Canada


2016 Trailer Video – www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQcxqsxchkQ

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

(photo credit: Dr. Light Productions)

  WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA 2016 edition has seen over 100 bands from across the country compete for ‘One Band To Rule Them All’ to perform at the world’s largest metal fest Wacken Open Air 2016 in Wacken, Germany, which holds an attendance of over 80,000 metalheads. This past Saturday, on June 11th in Toronto, ON at The Opera House, 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) shredded their blood, sweat and metal for one to be crowned this year’s champion.

Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2016 - all bands

National Final Bands: The Mountain Man, Tales of The Tomb, Profaner, Pyramid Theorem, DistortHead (credit Cara Ashbey)

After strong performances, the judges panel of Noel Peters (Inertia Entertainment), Sarah Lutz (Metal Blade Canada), Darryl Hurs (Indie Week), Chris Gonda (PureGrainAudio.com), Tim Henderson (Bravewords.com), 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).

WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia comments:

“After a close and epic battle our national champion that is Profaner has been yielded. We will be proud to showcase their brand of melodic death/thrash on behalf of Canadian metal to the holy fields of Wacken.”

PROFANER will now move on to perform at the international battle at Wacken Open Air taking place from August 4-6 to represent Canada among 30 other participating countries. Full details here. PROFANER will be defending Canada’s world title after Vesperia’s win last year. In the last three years of Canada’s participation, they have produced two world champions, Vesperia (2015) (video) and Crimson Shadows (2013) (video).
In addition to their win, PROFANER will receive a drummer prize pack from Los Cabos Drumsticks that includes 12 pairs of sticks of their choosing, a stick bag, a practice pad, and other Los Cabos Drumsticks swag plus automatic eligibility for endorsement (full details here). Runner up was Montreal’s DISTORTHEAD, they will be receiving a promotional package (valued at approximately $3k) from PureGrainAudio.com that includes a video interview shot and edited by PureGrainAudio, 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.) and one month free web banner advertisement on the site. (Full details here). Plus all participating national final bands will receive priority showcase opportunities for Indie Week Canada’s metal showcases this November, which will be presented by Wacken Metal Battle Canada.

CANADIAN FINAL – Line Up – SATURDAY, JUNE 11 @ OPERA HOUSE (735 Queen St. E.), Toronto, ON
Event Link: www.facebook.com/events/1526172981010202/
Special Guest Headliner – Crimson Shadows (2013 WMBC Champions) –
Tales Of The Tomb – Edmonton, AB – (Prairie Final Winner) – talesofthetomb.bandcamp.com
Profaner – Hamilton, ON – (Ontario 1/2 Final Winner) – profanercanada.bandcamp.com
Pyramid Theorem (Toronto, ON – Ontario Final 2/2 Winner – pyramidtheorem.bandcamp.com
The Mountain Man – (Vancouver, BC – BC Final Winner) – mountainmanmetal.bandcamp.com

Distorthead – (Montreal, QC – Quebec Final Winner) – distortheadmetal.bandcamp.com

All 2016 Battle Rounds info can be found here.


This was 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.

Live Video @ Wacken – 2015 – Vesperia – www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lwkzc4zGUY

Live Video @ Wacken – 2014 – Mutank – www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQrLaG8BPL4

Live Video @ Wacken – 2013 – Crimson Shadows – www.youtube.com/watch?v=prOdgG4OwQU



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 30 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 26 years. Oshawa’s Vesperia (2014 winners – video at Wacken), Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013 winners – video at Wacken) and Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners – video at Wacken) have had that honour playing in front of thousands. The 2016 festival will be taking place from August 4-6.

How it works:

Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals from the months of January to May 2016 selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in Toronto, ON on June 11th at Opera House with one being selected to perform at the 27th edition of Wacken Open Air taking place from August 4-6. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.

The finalists will be selected as follows by province.

1 finalist from BC
1 finalist from Prairies (AB, SK, MB)
2 finalists from Ontario
1 finalist from Quebec

Rules: metalbattle.ca/rules.html

Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video: youtu.be/gQcxqsxchkQ

Wacken Metal Battle 2014 Canada Finals by Ondeschocs.comyoutu.be/RrOGyBtqwaQ

For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:

Official Website: www.metalbattle.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MetalBattleCanada

Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/WackenMetalBattleCAN

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit www.wacken.com

Guest Judges:
Sarah Lutz (Metal Blade Canada)
Darryl Hurs (Indie Week)
Chris Gonda (PureGrainAudio.com)
Tim Henderson (Bravewords.com)
Andrew Epstein (Zombitrol Productions)
Glenn Fricker (Spectre Media Group)
PLUS PRIZES FROM PureGrainAudio.com & Los Cabos Drumsticks
Profaner – Hamilton, ON – (Ontario 1/2 Final Winner) –profanercanada.bandcamp.com
Pyramid Theorem (Toronto, ON – Ontario Final 2/2 Winner –pyramidtheorem.bandcamp.com
The Mountain Man – (Vancouver, BC – BC Final Winner) –mountainmanmetal.bandcamp.com
Tales of the Tomb – Edmonton, AB – (Prairie Final Winner) –talesofthetomb.bandcamp.com
DistortHead – (Montreal, QC – Quebec Final Winner) –distortheadmetal.bandcamp.com
Special Guest Headliner – Crimson Shadows (2013 WMBC Champions) –www.facebook.com/CrimsonShadowsBand/

Rehearsal Factory– rehearsalfactory.com/
The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) –www.factor.ca/ (“We acknowledge the financial support of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters”)
Pearl Drums – pearldrum.com/
Boonsdale Records – www.boonsdalerecords.com/
Ticketfly – www.ticketfly.com/
Los Cabos Drumsticks – www.loscabosdrumsticks.com/
Dungeon Works Productions –www.facebook.com/dungeonworksprods
The Invisible Orange – www.theinvisibleorange.com/
ConcertWorks – www.concertworks.ca/
Big Nate Productions – www.calgarymetalfest.com/
ROSE management – www.facebook.com/RoseManagement/
Indie Week – www.canada.indieweek.com/
Ibanez Guitars – www.ibanez.com/
Band-Brand – www.band-brand.ca/
Media Sponsors:
Absolute Underground TV / Magazine –www.facebook.com/groups/10034445807
Adrenaline 101 Radio – www.adrenaline101radio.com
Asher Media Relations – www.ashermediarelations.com/
BeatRoute (AB) (AB) – www.beatroute.ca/
Broken Neck Radio – www.BrokenNeckRadio.com/
Bucketlist Music Reviews – www.bucketlistmusicreviews.com/
Canadian Death Metal – www.facebook.com/CanadianDeathMetal
Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio – www.xtrememetalradio.ca
Chronic Aggression Radio 103.7fm CFBU –www.facebook.com/ChronicAggressionRadio
CJLO – 1690AM – www.cjlo.com/
Crown of Viserys – crownofviserys.wordpress.com/
Exclaim! – www.exclaim.ca/
Hammer Smashed Radio –www.facebook.com/hammersmashedradio
The Heavy Metal ICU – www.heavymetalicu.com
Hellbound.ca – www.Hellbound.ca/
Loaded Radio – www.loadedradio.com/
METALHEADS UNITED – www.metalnationradio.com/
Metal Master Kingdom – www.metalmasterkingdom.com/
Metal Nation Radio – www.metalnationradio.com/
Metal Moose Radio Podcast – www.metalmooseradio.blogspot.ca
Muzik Injection – www.muzikinjection.com/
Ondes Chocs – www.facebook.com/OndesChocs
Québec-Métal – www.quebec-metal-archives.blogspot.ca/
The Scene Magazine – www.thescenemagazine.ca/
Zombitrol Productions – zombitrol.com/

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