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Posted in Black Metal, death grind, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal festivals, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Wacken Metal Battle Canada announces its return in 2023 to cities across the country. Hosting battles from coast to coast since 2013, Wacken Metal Battle Canadaselects one unsigned Canadian band to perform on one of the world’s most prestigious stages and largest metal festival Wacken Open Air, with over 80,000 people in attendance, held in Wacken, Germany for over 30 years.

WMBC has been on pause since 2019, due to the Covid pandemic, and has hosted battles across Canada from 2013 until 2019, with one skip year in 2017.

Previous winners have been The Slyde(Toronto, ON – 2019), Centuries of Decay(Toronto, ON – 2018), Profaner (Hamilton, ON – 2016), Vesperia (Toronto, ON – 2015), Mutank (Montreal, QC – 2014), Crimson Shadows (Toronto, ON – 2013).

Wacken Metal Battle Canada Trailer –

Independent Canadian bands interested in participating can apply at

Band submissions will open on November 29th at 6 AM PST and close on December 19th at 11:59 PM PST.

Battles will be hosted in the following cities:

Vancouver, BC, Edmonton, AB, Calgary, AB, Toronto, ON, Hamilton, ON, Ottawa, ON, Montreal, QC, and Quebec City, QC.

All bands will be performing in front of experienced music industry professionals who will be making judgments at each qualifying round based on various categories of professionalism and musicianship.

The National Final will be hosted in Toronto, ON in May 2023 (full date to be determined).

WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia adds:

“Very stoked to be getting this going again after a long 3-year break. Our team is back together and excitement is in the air. Really curious to know what bands have been up to during this time, which new bands have formed, I know there are some hidden gems out there and hope to see them emerge for the Metal Battle.”

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition that sees bands from across the country battle each other for the chance of winning their spot among 29 other countries’ champions, and represent Canada in an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival: Wacken Open Air. The battles have been hosted at the festival for over a decade giving independent bands the opportunity to showcase their talents to an international audience along with the chance to win multiple prizes.

How it works:
Participating cities will host qualifying rounds plus a city final organized by a local city concert promoter where one band will move forward to the Canadian national final (date and city to be determined). The winner of the national final will move on to perform at the Wacken Open Air 2023 and compete against the winners of 29 other countries in a final global battle. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry representatives.

Rules for participation:


Source: Asher Media Relations

SAXON – Heavy Metal Legends Returning To Wacken Open Air In 2014

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 12, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the Official Saxon Facebook page:

The Mighty Saxon is pleased to announce they will be back at Wacken Open Air in 2014!!

“On the 25th Anniversary of this fantastic festival we look forward to filling your heads with some Heavy Metal Thunder!!”

Biff, Paul, Nigel, Nibbs & Doug

Saxon - Unplugged And Strung Up - promo cover pic - 2013

The NEW and critically acclaimed album, Unplugged And Strung Up, from the mighty SAXON… is OUT NOW! Metal be thy name! 


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Wacken Open Air - 2014 - Sold Out - promo banner

* For more info on SAXON:

Facebook: Saxon (Official)


Wacken Open Air Website:

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DORO – Video Premiere At The Wacken Open Air!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

2012-07-27 – On the upcoming Wacken friday (August, 3rd), the new DORO 4 track EP Raise Your Fist In The Air will be released. DORO already performed the track on last years Wacken open air, while opening the biggest Metal party of the world, with the all-star band SKYLINE.

This year DORO will have another premiere: the new videoclip for Raise Your Fist In The Air – which will be shown on every 3 festival days.

You can watch the clip before VOLBEAT play on thursday, before HAMMERFALL on friday and right before the SCORPIONS enter the stage on saturday.

The video was shot at the Bronx in New York, far away from the American glitter world.

There will also be a signing session, on the Wacken saturday (August 4th) between 18.30 – 19.15 CET.

MCD + Vinylto be ordered here:


(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

For more info on DORO, click on the links below!



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