2011 was the first chance for our isthmus in taking place to this international competition that chooses the best of the world and give the opportunity to the bands in taking place in the biggest metal festival on earth.

VIRGINIA CLEMM from El Salvador was the band that this first time won and the enthusiasm to fans and bands all over the 6 countries got mad, as the band did it and presents its material in front of thousands at W:O:A

2012 were more animate and more than 60 bands took place of the battle. The history was real, and the opportunity to visit the “Mecca” of metal is a reality. CORPSE GARDEN from Costa Rica was the band which makes it, so this second time the dream came true for the metal musicians. They played at the “Holy Land”!!!. Besides their show at W:O:A, they did a “Road to Wacken” Tour, and visit Portugal, Spain and Belgium. After their experience they got signed by an European Booking Agency.

In 2013 almost 50 bands got into the process and ROTTEN SOULS was the chosen one. Black Metal from Central America was our proposal to Wacken this 24th edition. This time the band came as well from Costa Rica and they won their local final and the regional one in Honduras. Their show at W:O:A. was amazing and they did as well a “Road to Wacken” Tour, visiting Spain, Portugal and another local gig in Germany.

The region did a break during 2014 and is returning to battle now for the 2015 edition. ARAÑA, form El Salvador, was elected as the band to represent the Isthmus this time. Tribal Metal was our proposal to the International Jury. Again an incredible experience among the best bands of the world on the International Final.

Almost 30 bands got into the battle for Wacken in 2016. For the second time the final was in set in Honduras, but this time the bands could take part of the local "Megemetal Festival" in April. Once again the talent brought lots of fans and for the first time a band from Honduras was declare as the one to rise the central american flag at the Wacken Village. CROWS CROWN a kind of selection of members of another bands in their country, surprise the jury and fans and went to W:O:A. At the festival itself, did got the most important qualification from the international jury ever to the isthmus and did a tour of almost a month on East Europe to the hand of Craneo Metal.

For 2017, the inscriptions are now closed all along the seven countries to rise again the flag of our Region into the Wacken Open Air. 33 Bands got into the process and for the first time Belize is into the battle. On the other hand Nicaragua shows no inscriptions for this time. A third costarrican or salvadorian band? second time for Honduras? or first time for Guatemala, Belize or Panamá, we will know that on the final that will be held this time in Guatemala for the first time, at Trova Rock in April.

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Metal-Battle Tourdates in Central America

Central America

Schedule City Venue Date
finale Panama Panama Hangar 18 Feb 18th
semifinale Costa Rica Fenix Rock Sport Bar Feb 26th
semifinale Costa Rica Fenix Rock Sport Bar March 5th
finale Guatemala Guatemala Trova Rock March 11th
finale Costa Rica Costa Rica Fenix Rock Sport Bar March 19th
finale El Salvador El Salvador Buhos Pizza March 25th
Finale Central America Guatemala TrovaRock April 8th

Metal-Battle Winner in Central America

Central America
Winner Band: Verge of Umbra

- 19.04.2017
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- 23.02.2017
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- 11.04.2016
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Craneo Metal Prod.
c/o Pablo Vargas

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