Crowning one Canadian champion from 2013 to 2016 to play Wacken Open Air, the world’s largest metal festival in Wacken, Germany, WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA returns for its fifth edition after a one year hiatus in 2017. This year’s 2018 edition is being hosted in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City and will witness bands from across the country battle for to one perform at the prestigious festival and join previous winners Hamilton’s Profaner (2016), Oshawa’sVesperia (2015), Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners) and Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013) whom have had the honour of playing in front of thousands.

The 2018 battles and participating bands are as follows (rounds listed by city):

Vancouver, BC

Round 1
Date: Sunday, March 11
Venue: The Red Room (398 Richards St.)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/167370220658537/
Bands:
Apollyon – http://apollyon-ca.bandcamp.com
God Said Kill – http://godsaidkill.bandcamp.com
Kosm – http://kosmofficial.bandcamp.com
Liberatia – http://liberatia.bandcamp.com
Obsidian – http://obsidianvancouver.bandcamp.com
Truent – http://truentmetal.bandcamp.com

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Calgary, AB

Round 1
Date: Friday, January 12
Venue: Dicken’s Pub (1000 9 Ave SW.)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/177110296227778/
Bands:
Blackest Sin – http://www.facebook.com/BlackestSin
DETHGOD – http://www.facebook.com/DETHGOD – WINNER
Hammerdrone – http://hammerdrone.bandcamp.com – WINNER
King Mammoth – http://www.facebook.com/King-Mammoth-426930390834114

Round 2
Date: Friday, January 26
Venue: Dicken’s Pub (1000 9 Ave SW.)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/555752631427435/
Bands:
Beneath The Wicked – http://www.beneaththewicked.com
Detherous – http://detherous.bandcamp.com
Gales of Avalon – http://galesofavalon.bandcamp.com
Nuclear Oath – http://nuclearoath.bandcamp.com
Subsume – http://subsume.bandcamp.com

Round 3
Date: Saturday, February 10
Venue: Dicken’s Pub (1000 9 Ave SW.)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/2035301500053228/
Bands:
Accostal – http://accostal.bandcamp.com
Heyoka’s Mirror – http://heyokasmirror1.bandcamp.com
Red Cain – http://redcain.bandcamp.com
To The Mountains – http://www.facebook.com/2themountains
World Class White Trash – http://worldclasswhitetrash.bandcamp.com

Calgary Final

Date: Friday, February 23
Venue: Dicken’s Pub (1000 9 Ave SW.)
DETHGOD – http://www.facebook.com/DETHGOD
Hammerdrone – http://hammerdrone.bandcamp.com
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA

Western Final
Date: Friday, April 6
Venue: Dicken’s Pub (1000 9 Ave SW.)
Bands:  TBA

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Edmonton, AB

Rounds TBA

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Saskatoon, SK

Round 1
Date: Friday, February 9
Venue: Vangelis Tavern (801 Broadway Ave.)
Bands:
Wrought http://www.facebook.com/Wroughtsaskatoon/
Rebirth http://www.facebook.com/RB306/
In Ruin http://www.facebook.com/inruinmetal
Maelstrom Vale http://maelstromvale.bandcamp.com

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Toronto, ON

Round 1
Date: Friday, February 9
Venue: Bovine (542 Queen St W.)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/330937574060643/
Bands:
Black Absinthe http://blackabsinthe.bandcamp.com
Centuries of Decay http://www.centuriesofdecay.com
Teach her Treason http://teachhertreason.bandcamp.com
VileDriver http://www.facebook.com/viledrivermetal
Vodnik http://vodnik.bandcamp.com

Round 2
Date: Friday, February 16
Venue: Coalition (282 Augusta Ave.)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/338778403269170/
Bands:
Blastomycosis http://blastomycosis.bandcamp.com
Plethora http://www.facebook.com/Plethorametal/
Skull Goblet http://www.facebook.com/skullgoblet
The Curse Within http://www.facebook.com/thecursewithinofficial
Wind Cries Mary http://windcriesmary.bandcamp.com

Round 3
Date: Friday, February 23
Venue: Rivoli (334 Queen St W.)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/2009458419292082/
Bands:
Astaroth Incarnate http://astarothincarnate.bandcamp.com
Black Eve http://blackeve.bandcamp.com
Blackcloud Syndicate http://theblackcloudsyndicate.bandcamp.com
Maitreya – http://maitreyamusic.bandcamp.com
My Frost – http://myfrostofficial.weebly.com

Southern Ontario Final
Date: Saturday, March 24
Venue: Hard Luck (772A Dundas St W.)
Bands: TBA

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Hamilton

Round 1
Date: Saturday, February 10
Venue: This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James St N.)
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/152267648763326/
Bands:
Death Perception http://deathperception4.bandcamp.com
Equivalence http://www.facebook.com/equivalencemetal/
Lutharo http://www.facebook.com/Lutharoband
Scum http://scumcanada.bandcamp.com
The Good Depression http://thegooddepression.bandcamp.com

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Ottawa, ON

Rounds TBA

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Montreal, QC

Round 1
Date: Friday, March 16
Venue: Piranha Bar (680 Saint-Catherine St W.)
Bands: TBA

Round 2
Date: Saturday, March 31
Venue: Piranha Bar (680 Saint-Catherine St W.)
Bands: TBA

Quebec Final 
Date: Friday, April 27
Venue: Piranha Bar (680 Saint-Catherine St W.)
Bands: TBA

Eastern Final
Date: Saturday, May 12
Venue: Piranha Bar (680 Saint-Catherine St W.)
Bands: TBA

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Quebec City, QC

Round 1
Date: Saturday, April 14
Venue: Source de La Martiniere (201 de Lanaudière St.)
Bands: TBA

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National Final
Date: Saturday, June 9
Venue: Opera House (735 Queen St E.), Toronto, ON
Bands: TBA

About:

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition where over a hundred band’s from across the country battle each other for one to be selected and join over 20 other countries for 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 28 years.

Wacken Metal Battle 2014 Canada Finals by Ondeschocs.comhttp://youtu.be/RrOGyBtqwaQ

For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:

Official Website: http://www.metalbattle.ca

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MetalBattleCanada

Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WackenMetalBattleCAN

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit http://www.wacken.com