Crowning one Canadian champion from 2013 to 2016 to play Wacken Open Air, the world's largest metal festival in Wacken, Germany, Wacken Metal Battle Canada returns for its fifth edition after a one year hiatus in 2017. This year's 2018 edition will be hosted in multiple cities across the country from Vancouver to Montreal and host over a hundred bands to see only one play the prestigious festival and join previous winners Hamilton's Profaner (2016), Oshawa's Vesperia (2015), Montreal's Mutank (2014 winners) and Toronto's Crimson Shadows (2013) whom have had the honour of playing in front of thousands.
WMBC organizer/Tartaglia comments: "We're all very excited about the 2018 Metal Battle. After the pause from last year, we expect a good batch of quality submissions from across the country, both from existing bands that have been honing their craft, and from new bands that have emerged during the break. We've also made some tweaks to the round structure which will include a Western Final and Eastern Final leading up to the grand finale in Toronto. So it will be more of a hockey playoff style, which I think will work out better, with the Final being technically on neutral ground."
Submissions for the 2018 battles will open on November 7th, 2017 and close on December 29th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Bands interested in participating can apply at this location. Bands and battle rounds to be announced in January 2018. Participating Areas & Cities:
- Toronto, ON - Hamilton, ON - Ottawa, ON - Montreal, QC - Quebec City, QC - Winnipeg, MB - Saskatoon, SK - Calgary, AB - Edmonton, AB - Vancouver, BC / Lower Mainland - Vancouver Island, BC - BC - Interior
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 27 years.