One band will rule them all! After reviewing over 400 submissions, Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce its selection of 103 independent Canadian metal bands to participate in this year's 2014 battle line up for Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The bands will compete during the months of March, April and May in 22 qualifying rounds, 6 semi-finals, and an Alberta final along with the national final being held on June 7th in Toronto, ON at Opera House. One independent Canadian metal band will be chosen to represent the nation with highest honour at this year's 2014 international battle at the world’s most prestigious metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany.
The finals will have the following representation and will be judged along with all other rounds by a panel of music industry representatives.
1 finalist from Vancouver, BC
1 finalist from Alberta (Calgary & Edmonton will face off in Alberta final)
2 finalists from Toronto, ON
1 finalist from Montreal, QC
Last year's battle was witnessed to Toronto, ON's epic power/death metal band Crimson Shadows not only winning the 2013 Canadian final but conquering the international final and performing in front of thousands unknown to their behemoth sound. (Video of that champion set can be viewed here.) The band joined a list of Canadian heavyweights such as Voivod, Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Anvil, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, 3 Inches of Bloods, Despised Icon and Danko Jones who have performed at the festival in years past.
Submissions were open from December 5, 2013 to January 31, 2014.
Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video: http://youtu.be/gQcxqsxchkQ
For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:
Official Website: http://www.metalbattle.ca
For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit http://www.wacken.com
Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2014 Line Up:
Sat, March 8 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundas St. W.
Psycho Mad Sally
Fri, March 14 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundas St. W.
The Fiction In Folklore
Fri, March 21 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W.
Burning The Day
The Curse Within
Fri, March 28 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundas St. W.
Beg For Mercy
At Dawn's Edge
Fri, April 4 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W.
The Blackcloud Syndicate
FINAL TRIGGER (Special Guest Headliner)
Toronto - Semi-Finals:
Sat, April 26 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundas St. W.
Sat, May 3 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W.
Sat, June 7 @ Opera House, 735 Queen St E.
Sun, April 27 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Thur, May 1 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Wed, May 14 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Wed, May 21 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Wed, May 28 @ Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Sat, Jan 25 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
Shark Infested Daughters
Krepitus - WINNER
Video - Calgary Battle One - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU2_jT9elUI
Sat, March 1 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
Breed of War
Sat, March 22 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
The Archon Prophecy
The Cadavar Dog
Sat, April 26 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W.
The Reckless Heroes
Fri, May 2 @ The D, 222 7 St S.W. - Event Details
Train Bigger Monkeys
Every Hour Kills
Sat, May 3 @ Lord Nelson's Pub, 1020 8 Ave SW.
Fri, May 23 @ Dicken's Pub, 1000 9 Ave SW.
Wed, March 5 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
Bring Us Your Dead
These Colors Don't Run
Wed, March 19 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
Display of Decay
Arrival of Autumn
Wed, April 2 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
Eye of Horus
This is War
Wed, April 23 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
Death Toll Rising
Ides of Winter
Edmonton Semi- Final:
Wed, May 7 @ Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Ave NW.
Fri, May 23 @ Dicken's Pub, 1000 9 Ave SW., Calgary, AB
Wed, March 5 @ Red Room Ultra Bar, 398 Richards St.
Wed, March 12 @ Fortune Sound Club, 147 E Pender St.
Witch of The Waste
The Fifth Circle
Wed, March 19 @ Red Room Ultra Bar, 398 Richards St.
Over The Coals
Sun, March 30 @ Venue Night Club, 881 Granville St.
Neck of the Woods
88 Mile Trip
Unleash The Archers
Sat, May 3 @ Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St.
Special Guest Headliners: Mitochondrion and Aevangelist