Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce the 2019 national final on May 25th in Calgary, AB at Dickens. The event will send one independent unsigned Canadian band to perform at the world's largest metal festival, Wacken Open Air, which features Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Demons & Wizards, Powerwolf, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo, Within Temptation, Meshuggah and many more.
After multiple battles between the months of January and April across the country in Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Halifax, only one band will rule them all. Demonstrating their crushing blasting moshing sounds of metal, four bands have been selected by respected industry judges to represent their areas for the Wacken Metal Battle Canada national final.
These following bands will be competing for one to be crowned the 2019 champion of Wacken Metal Battle Canada.
Eastern Final Winner - The Slyde (Toronto, ON) - www.facebook.com/theslydecanada
Western Final Winner - The Myopia Condition (Red Deer, AB) - https://www.facebook.com/The-Myopia-Condition-1394941280540493/
BC Final Winner - Blackwater Burial (Vancouver, BC) - www.facebook.com/blackwaterburialofficial
Calgary Final Winner - Fjell Thyngor (Calgary) https://www.facebook.com/fjellthyngor/
National Final Judging Panel:
JJ Tartaglia - Head Organizer of Wacken Metal Battle Canada, Owner Boonsdale Records, Drummer of Skull Fist
Teitur Fossaberg - Head Organizer of Wacken Metal Battle Faroe Islands
Jesse Valstar - Co-Founder at Armstrong MetalFest - AMF
Wally Laurier - DJ and programmer on Rock Bottom - Cjsw 90.9FM
Laura Vezer - DJ and programmer on Rock Bottom at CJSW 90.9FM
Chad Persley - Business Development Executive at Absolute Underground TV Magazine
Celestia Scarlett - Founder of METALHEADS UNITED Manager of The Celestial Agency
Graham Harris - Vocalist of Hammerdrone, 2018 Wacken Metal Battle Canada National Finalist
Canadian organizer JJ Tartaglia adds: "Really stoked about having such a strong lineup and representation of different sub-genres for the Final. I will be making the trip out to Calgary to witness this epic show firsthand!"
Winner of this year's Wacken Metal Battle Canada national final will receive $2,000 CAD towards airfare to travel and perform at the 30th edition of Wacken Open Air taking place from August 1st – 3rd, 2019 in Wacken, Germany. The Canadian champion will also have the opportunity to win monetary and gear prizes from the international Wacken Metal Battle. Info on international prizes can be found here.
This was Wacken Metal Battle Canada's first year expanding into the Maritimes with an event in Halifax, NS along with the national final being hosted for the first time in Western Canada in Calgary, AB. All previous national finals have been held in Toronto, ON.
List of previous Canadian winners:
Centuries of Decay (2018)
Crimson Shadows (2013)
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition that sees bands from across the country battle each other for the chance of winning their spot among 29 other countries’ champions, and representing Canada in 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 29 years. The winner of Wacken Metal Battle Canada will perform at the 2019 festival taking place from August 1st – 3rd.
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