Israel has been participating in Wacken Metal Battle since 2008, but the truth is that Israeli metalheads has been visiting Wacken Open Air even before there was a festival, somewhere in the mid-80's, when only cows and rainy summers welcomed them. Well, not really, but other than been famous for the birthplace for monotheism (yeah, sorry about that), were Jesus preached some 2000 years ago and some crusades took part 1000 years ago, Israel is mostly about history. One of the most ancient civilizations in the world, with a tiny little country and 7 million people, and with some traditions that tag along for 5000 years.
Since the mid 90's Israel has contributed more serious contribution to the world of metal music, from bands such as Orphaned Land, Betzefer, Prey For Nothing and Salem, and the bands that participated in Wacken Metal Battle rose to great success among the metal community, especially in the warm middle-eastern-meets-Europe of a country.
Israeli finalists were to this point:

2008 – The Fading (Melodic Death metal, won first place in Wacken Metal Battle)
2009 – Ferium (Groove Metal)
2010 - Missing In Action (Metalcore)
2011 – Hammercult (Thrash Metal, won first place in Wacken Metal Battle)
2012 – Shredhead (Thrash Metal)
2014 - Magor (Melodic Black Metal)

Israeli finalist have toured since then with many famous metal artists, from Sepultura and D.R.I. to support shows for Arch Enemy, In Flames and Children Of Bodom, and even bands who won only in the Israeli Finals joined forces on tour and stage with artists like Gojira, The Agonist, Rotting Christ, Moonsorrow, Threat Signal and more !

Metal-Battle Tourdates in Israel


Schedule City Venue Date
semifinale Tel Aviv The Zone Club April 7th
finale Tel Aviv The Zone Club May 24th

Metal-Battle Winner in Israel

Winner Band: Shiran


- 12.06.2018
We are happy to announce Shiran Band as the winners of Metal Battle Israel. Shiran - led[...] more »

- 10.04.2018
Dear Metalheads, and yet another finale date has been added to our list. The finale[...] more »

- 13.01.2016
The next edition of DW - PopXport joins the Metal Battle 2015 participants Walkways from[...] more »

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Wacken Metal Battle Israel
c/o Yotam Avni
Massarik 23, Nahariya
Israel, 22302