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 third 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 30th edition of the festival taking place from August 1st – 3rd, 2019 in Wacken, Germany. The 2019 line up for Wacken Open Air includes Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Demons & Wizards, Powerwolf, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo, Within Temptation, Meshuggah and many more. Details here.
The first batch of battle rounds and bands can be found listed below with more to be announced at a later date.
Wacken Metal Battle USA2019 Battle Rounds (listed by date):
(Note: NYC battles and all other bands to be announced at a later date.)
Sat, Feb 23, 2019 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge – Event info here.
Bands: Terranaut, Hellraiser, Vyse, American Slang, Toxic Ruin, Blizzard Time, The Untold, Heart Of Jordan, Fierce Atmospheres
Mon, March 4, 2019 – Saint Vitus Bar, New York, NY – Event info (coming soon).
Bands: Prostitution, Faced, Winter Nights, Dead Tide, Frost Giant, Cruel Bomb
Fri, March 8, 2019 – Tucson, AZ – Club XS – Event info here.
Bands: Ash To Dust, Dedwin, Black Amethyst, Eyes Go Black, Fireglass, Skoville, Guardians, Sigils Of Summoning
Sat, March 9, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto – Event info here.
Bands: Dutch Rosenberg Theater, Some F-ing Band, While She Waits, Signal 99, Ironkill, Sons Of Medusa, Luminatus, Celestial Exile, Vipërwitch
Sun, March 10, 2019 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Ballroom – Event info here.
Bands: Misanthropic Aggression, Thrötpunch, Soultrap, Faith in Ruin, Tombstone, Hellbent, Shryne, Deceiving Eve, Sadistic Vision, Don’t Shoot The Messenger, Violence System
Tues, March 12, 2019 – Saint Vitus Bar, New York, NY – Event info (coming soon).
Bands: Anatomy of The Sacred, Deth Kaktus, Storm Dragon, Dissentience, Metalfier
Weds, March 13, 2019 – San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s – Event info here.
Bands: Even In Death, Jessikill, LaSanche, Target 7, Terrestrium, Vernon of Persia, Wulfholt
Thurs, March 14, 2019 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock – Event info (coming soon).
Fri, March 15, 2019 – Dallas, TX – Reno’s Chop Shop – Event info here.
Sat, March 16, 2019 – Houston, TX – Acadia Bar and Grill – Event info here.
Bands: Aedra, Darkness of Tomorrow, Epic Death, Envy The Dead, Eric Teaches Gun Safety, Etsai, Konstricted, Nocturnal Avernus, Ominous Necro, Sift Through The Ashes, Wellborn Road
Sat, March 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – Event info here.
Bands: The Conduit, Anthea, Motor Gun Hotel, Sons of Eli, Uncompliant
Sun, March 17 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It – Event info here.
Bands: Æternal Requiem, Astrixion, Black Heart Saints, Cold Form, Days Under Authority, Nahaya, Never Buried, Overthrow, Psychocell, Send Help, Stiched Up, Unwritten, Warhead Wrex, Zorboje
Sat, March 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – Event info here.
Bands: Consciously Dying, Blood of the Heretic, Bury Them Deep, Vile Descent, Inhuman Atrocities
Sat, March 23 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto – Event info (coming soon).
Mon, March 25, 2019 – Saint Vitus Bar, New York, NY (New York Final) – Event info (coming soon).
Sat, March 30 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick – Event info here.
Bands: Beekeeper, Convent, Killing Tyranny, Manic, Nightshadow, Vuture
Sat, Apri13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – Event info here.
Bands: Heavy Justice, Nyctophile, RAMIT, Hollywood Nightmare, NightSword
Sat, April 20 – Austin, TX – ComeAnd Take It – Texas Final – Event info (coming soon).
Sat, April 20 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick – Event info here.
Bands: Defixion, Gravespell, Monarch, Murder of Five, Sociocide, Theosis
Sat, April 27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – L.A. FINAL – Event info here.
Sat, May 11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – WEST COAST FINAL – (CA vs AZ) – Event info here.
Sat, May 25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – NATIONAL FINAL – (CA or AZ vs TX vs NYC vs. Chicago vs. Atlanta)- Event info here.
How it works:
Participating cities will host qualifying rounds plus a city final organized by a local city concert promoter where one band will move forward to the American national final in Los Angeles on May 25th, 2019. The winner of the national final will move on to perform at the 30th edition of Wacken Open Air and compete against the winners of 29 other countries in a final global battle. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry representatives.
Battles will be held in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Orlando, New York City, and Chicago with more to be announced.
Last year’s battles saw the best from over 50 competing bands from the Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Orlando, San Diego and Los Angeles areas. Crowned champions were Anaheim’s VOICES OF RUIN (pictured below) who performed a beast of a set at the 2018 Wacken Open Air.
2018 – WMBU Winner
VOICES OF RUIN (Anaheim, CA) HERE
For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit HERE
Wacken Metal Battle USA 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 the USA 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 USA will perform at the 2019 festival taking place from August 1st-3rd.
Sponsors / Partners:
Dungeon Works Productions
Asher Media Relations
Fatal Illness Management
Come And Take It Productions
Mosh Pit Army