20. October 2023
We are thrilled to announce the confirmed countries that will be showcasing their metal prowess in next year’s Metal Battle. Prepare to be blown away by talent from Australia & New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Central America, China, Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, Indian Sub-Continent, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Middle East, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Romania & Rep. Moldova, Slovakia, Southern Africa, South America Northern Region, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, Caucasian Republics & Turkyie.
3. July 2023
At the end of May, we already announced the first half of the finalists of this year’s @metalbattle.official. Now the very last national preliminary round ended and we have all the 30 bands.
Here are the bands ready to fight for victory on the Holy Ground in 30 days:CountryBand NameArgentinaNVLO@nvlo.metalAustralia & New ZealandDeprivation@deprivationbandAustriaMetternich@metternich.rocksBelgiumObjector@objectorbandBulgariaMaltworm@maltwormdeathmetalCanadaStrigampire@strigampireCaribbeanLEFT-ÖVR@leftovrbandCaucasia & TurkiyeBlack Tooth@blacktooth_trDenmarkSwartzheim@swartzheimEx Yugoslavia RepMesmera@mesmerabandFinlandOmnivortex@omnivortexofficialFranceXaon@xaon.officialHungaryTiansen@tiansenbandIcelandKrownest@krownest_bandIsraelAndrelamusia@andrelamusia_bandItalyDisesanera@diesanera.officialJapanPhantom Excaliver@phantomexcaliverPhilippinesRedeemed By The Blood@redeemedbythebloodphLatviaSever@sever.bandLithuaniaDeath In Taiga@deathintaigaMexicoHorrid Sight@horridsightMiddle EastErasing Mankind@erasing.mankindNorwayGhetto Ghouls@ghettoghoulscrewRomaniaBlacksheep@blacksheeprollSouthern AfricaMiddle Grounds@middlegroundsbandSpainAneuma@aneuma_bandSwedenMisery Oath@misery_oathUkraine0% Mercury@zeropercentmercuryUruguayForastero Western Metal @forastero.uyUSAFadrait@fadrait
Congratulations to all participating bands on making it into the finals. We are looking forward to welcoming all of these talents to the holy ground soon!
29. June 2023
!!NEWS!! The first three winning bands of the upcoming Wacken Metal Battle will each be awarded one of the high-quality guitars of @schecterguitarsofficial. This is a tremendous opportunity for all Metal Battle bands to grab an exceptional piece of equipment to continue to perfect their craft. Thank you Schecter for supporting emerging talent at Wacken Metal Battle this year.
The 3 guitars are
SCHECTER Omen Elite-6, Black Cherry Burst (SC2450)
SCHECTER Omen Elite-6, Charcoal (SC2451)
SCHECTER Omen Elite-6, See Thru Blue Burst (SC2452)
5. June 2023
This year the W:O:A Metal Battle will take place for the 18th time and today we can already confirm the first 15 finalists of this years edition!
Here are the contestants from all over the world:
Argentina – NVLO
Caribbean – Left Ovr
Caucasus & Türkiye – Black Tooth
Iceland – Krownest
Japan – Phantom Excaliver
Philippines – Redeemed By The Blood
Lithuania – Death In Taiga
Mexico – Horrid Sight
Middle East – Erasing Mankind
Norway – Ghetto Ghouls
Romania – Blacksheep
South Africa – Middle Grounds
Sweden – Misery Oath
Uruguay – Forastero Western Metal
USA – Fadrait
2. June 2023
Swedish company Vision Backdrops has announced its sponsorship of the Wacken Metal Battle 2023. The company, which specializes in creating high-quality backdrops for concerts and events, will provide custom backdrops for the winning band. The Metal Battle is an international competition for unsigned metal bands across the globe, with winners from each country progressing to the final round at Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. Vision Backdrops’ sponsorship will provide increased visibility and support for up-and-coming metal bands, as well as showcasing their own creative products to a wider audience.
19. April 2023
Registrations & Show Announcement
Info about the Denmark gig announced today
Venue: Gimle in Roskilde
Who: 6 bands TBA
Link for ticket sales for show: https://gimle.dk/event/woa-metal-battle/
Bands must send:
3 Songs (in priority #1 as the best)
1 Band picture
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(no(!!) wetransfer link)
Starts today at 12.00 (CET)
DEADLINE April 27 at 12.00 (CET)
12. April 2023
They came last year and conquered the stage and they are returning again! We are thrilled and excited that SABLE HILLS winners of the W:O:A Metal Battle 2022 will perform at Wacken Open Air 2023 as our guests. Our motto is to support new and upcoming Metal Bands from all across the globe and we hope it will open doors for them. We work towards building the next big headliners. In Metal We Trust!
6. April 2023
One of Hamburg’s own bands is ready to relaunch with a heavier and more dynamic approach to the metal scene. With an upcoming album “FULL BODY STOMP” (November 2022), and newly reinvented trio signed with the legendary label Massacre Records! No longer waiting in the dark, the heavy groove fans have a lot to look forward to, as Detraktor stomps their bodies with massive riffs just waiting to be unleashed to the world. Their previous album “Grinder” was just a short introduction to what the band is really capable of, and now with the support of a new drummer, Pablo Cortes (Undercroft), the band has invented a record worthy of all of the attention. See you on the road!
Detraktor were the Metal Battle Germany winners in 2017 and now will be performing at Wacken Open Air 2023
#Wacken2023 #wackenopenair #detraktor #metalbattle #wackenmetalbattle #metal #wacken #woa2023
22. March 2023
It’s the time! We announce which bands will perform at Gaukurinn in Reykjavik, Saturday 22. April, where they will compete for the honor of playing Wacken Open Air this summer and play in front of thousands of people. Special guests will be the awesome Une Misère and last year’s winner Múr.
21. March 2023
Hey metalheads! Now we are ready for band applications for the year 2023 competition. Bands interested to participate in the competition should send us band demo (3 best songs of you will be more than enough), band picture in high resolution, band logo, band info and contact data.
We can allow only 5 bands to participate in the Wacken Metal Battle Latvia this year. An international judges will help us to choose bands that will be able to take part in the final, which will take place on 27 of May at the MP Club in Riga.
Send your applications to: email@example.com (with “Metal Battle Latvia 2023” in message subj.).
Deadline for application sending is 17 of April, 2023.
7. March 2023
We are honoured and thrilled to declare that nothing on earth nothing can stop the power of heavy metal. Metal is all about breaking boundaries, blurring borders, spreading camaraderie and being united, no matter where you’re from. Heavy metal is all-inclusive, and there is no bigger family than metalheads bonded together by their sheer dedication to the music they love. As the legendary Bruce Dickinson says – “We are all bloodbrothers”
Having said that, it is an incredibly proud moment for us that our partners in Ukraine are going full steam ahead with the Metal Battle in Kyiv against all odds. We salute them wholeheartedly and we’re sure the rest of the metal world will too. So, go out and support your local promoters and your favourite bands, buy their merch and bang your heads to kingdom come. Remember, your support keeps them alive!
19. January 2023
The first announcement from W:O:A Metal Battle Ukraine 2023
On April 22, in the capital’s Volume Club, there will be a competition among Metal and Hard Rock bands for the opportunity to participate in the world’s largest W:O:A Metal Battle competition, which is held as part of the Wacken Open Air festival.
The winner will go to the International Final, where he will represent Ukraine among dozens of the strongest bands from around the world!
The first participants are already known:
Midgard is an independent metal band from the centre of Ukraine, Kaniv, created in December 2015 by Klym Apalkov. At first, it was positioned as a “one-man band”, but quickly turned into a full-fledged band.
It all started with the song “Black Drakkar”, which made a good impression on fans of folk and Viking metal.
Midgard is currently finishing work on their fourth album “Yggdrasil” and re-recording their third album “Tales Of Kreia” in Ukrainian.