Wacken Metal Battle 2018

 

Wacken Metal Battle 2018: USA

Metal Assault brings you the Los Angeles debut of the Wacken Metal Battle USA! LA’s finest compete for a chance to represent the USA in the global battle at the 2018 Wacken Open Air! We are hosting the two Los Angeles preliminaries, as well as the California Regional Final, and the USA National Final. All our WMB events will be held at The Viper Room. Here is all the info you need, and keep tabs on this page for any and every update.

Los Angeles preliminary #1: Saturday March 24

Band lineup in running order from first to last on stage:
Anti-Hero
Event Horizon
Anthea
Aeonic Impulse
Obsidian

Judges:
Dino Cazares (Fear Factory / Asesino)
Lloyd Grant (original Metallica guitarist)
Daniel Dismal (Church Of The 8th Day / Crematorium)

Winner: Obsidian

Los Angeles preliminary #2: Saturday April l4

Band lineup in running order from first to last on stage:
Railgun
Bombscare
Void Vator
Voices Of Ruin
Ophiuchus

Judges:
Bill Metoyer (veteran producer / audio engineer)
Lloyd Grant (original Metallica guitarist)
Alex Distefano (LA Weekly)

Joint winners: Voices Of Ruin & Void Vator

 

California Final: Saturday April 28

Bands from Los Angeles and San Diego fight it out for a spot in the national final!

Band lineup in alphabetical order (running order TBA):
Nightshadow (San Diego prelim #1 winners)
Obsidian (LA prelim #1 winners)
Monarch (SD prelim #2 winners)
Voices of Ruin (LA prelim #2 joint winners)
Void Vator (LA prelim #2 joint winners)

Judges and winner TBA

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USA National Final: Saturday May 26

Guest headliner: Bitch

Finalist lineup:
Withering Earth (Florida winners)
More finalists to be revealed as the competition progresses

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