After battle rounds across the country during the months of January to May, the following bands listed below will be judged by a panel of industry professionals (to be announced at a later date) during their performance plus will be joined by special guest headliners and 2013 WMBC champions Crimson Shadows.“The National Final is upon us once again. In the name of Canadian metal, and in honour of all who have participated and supported the 2016 Metal Battle, we’re very proud to present some of Canada’s finest metal acts. Let us rally together and give the winning band a proper send off to Germany.” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.
CANADIAN FINAL – SATURDAY, JUNE 11 @ OPERA HOUSE (735 Queen St. E.), Toronto, ON
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1526172981010202/
Special Guest Headliner – Crimson Shadows (2013 WMBC Champions) – https://www.facebook.com/CrimsonShadowsBand/
Tales Of The Tomb – Edmonton, AB – (Prairie Final Winner) – https://talesofthetomb.bandcamp.com
Profaner – Hamilton, ON – (Ontario 1/2 Final Winner) – http://profanercanada.bandcamp.com
Pyramid Theorem (Toronto, ON – Ontario Final 2/2 Winner – https://pyramidtheorem.bandcamp.com
The Mountain Man – (Vancouver, BC – BC Final Winner) – https://mountainmanmetal.bandcamp.com Distorthead – (Montreal, QC – Quebec Final Winner) – https://distortheadmetal.bandcamp.com
All 2016 Battle Rounds info can be found here.
The national final winner will also be given a drummer prize pack from Los Cabos Drumsticks that includes 12 pairs of sticks of their choosing, a stick bag, a practice pad, and other Los Cabos Drumsticks swag plus automatic eligibility for endorsement (full details here). This year’s runner up will receive a prize from our media partner PureGrainAudio.com, which will be giving a promotional package (valued at approximately $3k) that includes a video interview shot and edited by PureGrainAudio, a featured contest of the band’s choosing (giveaway of signed merch, music, etc.), a free song download article that’s featured at the very top of PureGrainAudio’s Audio section for at least 1 week, a photo shoot with the band (either a live show shoot or band pics.) and one month free web banner advertisement on the site. (Full details here)
This is WMBC’s fourth year hosting the competition across country in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. For the last three years that Wacken Metal Battle has been held in Canada, it has produced two world champions Vesperia (2015) and Crimson Shadows (2013) to triumph at the international Wacken Metal Battle beating out over 30 other representing countries from around the globe.
Live Video @ Wacken – 2015 – Vesperia – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lwkzc4zGUY
Live Video @ Wacken – 2014 – Mutank – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQrLaG8BPL4
Live Video @ Wacken – 2013 – Crimson Shadows – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prOdgG4OwQU
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 30 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 26 years. Oshawa’s Vesperia (2014 winners – video at Wacken), Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013 winners – video at Wacken) and Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners – video at Wacken) have had that honour playing in front of thousands. The 2016 festival will be taking place from August 4-6.