Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce the line up for this year’s national final on June 6th in Toronto, ON at Opera House with special guest headliner Goat Horn. The final represents Canada’s top six metal talents out of 120 competing bands from ten participating cities across Canada. One winner from the final will be crowned Canada’s best metal band for the 2015 edition of Wacken Metal Battle Canada and move on to perform at the 11th international Wacken Metal Battle (participating countries can be found here) at the world’s largest metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, which has attendance of over 80,000 people.
“The final billing is complete and what an impressive lineup of our finest from across the country. It will be a true showcase of the diversity and excellence of Canadian metal. I feel this will be one to remember. Let us rally together and give the chosen ones a proper send off to the holy fields of Wacken!” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Doors @ 7pm, Show @ 7:30pm
Admission: $10 advance / $15 at the door
Purchase advance tix here:
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1614422178786496/
GOAT HORN ** Special Guest Headliner **
ENDLESS CHAOS (Winnipeg)
MIDNIGHT MALICE (Toronto)
NORDHEIM (Quebec City)
Hosted by The Governor!
Jeff Waters (Annihilator)
Noel Peters (Inertia Entertainment)
Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle of Filth)
Tim Henderson (BraveWords)
*** More judges to be announced ***
About the finalists:
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Members: Jorden Gerbrandt – Vocals, Mike Menza – Rhythm/ Lead Guitar, Mike Toews – Lead/ Rhythm Guitar, Jeff Humarang – Bass, James Burton – Drums
Genre: Blackened Thrash and Death Metal
Bio: Abrasive, energetic and chaotic, Winnipeg, Manitoba’s death/thrash five-piece Endless Chaos is on a mission to get metal fans feeding off its energy and to bring chaos into their world.
After sharing the stage with Skeletonwitch, 3 Inches of Blood, Wretched, Aborted and Kataklysm, the band’s direction was clear and Endless Chaos set out to carefully craft its debut EP, ‘Rejected Atrocity’.
Inspired by one of the finest horror movies of all time, Re-Animator, ‘Rejected Atrocity’ will “give you the best taste of what’s to come of Endless Chaos,” says vocalist Jordan Dorge. “When we were writing these songs, we really took in everything we love about death, thrash and black metal and incorporated it into Endless Chaos.”
All there’s left to do now is bring forth the endless chaos.
Hometown: Chilliwack, BC
Members: Liam Collingwood – Vocals, Gary Cordsen – Guitar, Brett Gibbs – Guitar, Eric Wesa – Bass, Ross Collingwood – Drums
Genre: Heavy Metal
Bio: New to the world of metal, though not afraid to show what they’re made of, Medevil came buzzing through into the heavy scene. With a combination of 80’s thrash and diverse progressive sections, they have already proven a lot of their capabilities to their growing fanbase.
The band, born in 2014 by Liam (vocals), Eric (bass) and Ross (drums), was formed to help prove to the world that heavy metal is still going strong even in this modern day. After two years of writing and polishing their sound, as well as the inclusion of two powerhouse guitar players Gary and Brett, they finally began to prove what they’re made of to the live audiences throughout Abbotsford and Vancouver. The response: a roaring crowd.
When Ross joined the band he brought in a unique flavor of drumming, influenced by both System of a Down and Foo Fighters. With this, and Liam’s own Metal Church-esque style of writing, they created the perfect combination of powerful-fast riffs.
Though they love playing in Vancouver and Abbotsford, Medevil have their minds set on the horizon. To enjoy the energy of playing live and treating the world to their original and unique brand of metal is what they are built to do. They continue to work hard and pursue their ambitious dream.
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Members: Caleb Beal – Guitar, Vocals, Hunter Raymond – Drums, Tom Gervais – Bass
Genre: Heavy Metal
Bio: MIDNIGHT MALICE are a Heavy Metal band from Toronto. Heavy in the vain of WASP/JUDAS PRIEST/MOTORHEAD. MIDNIGHT MALICE’s debut CD the PROVING GROUNDS was released JAN 24th 2014.
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Members: Rob – Vocals, Ron – Guitar, Mike – Bass, Chuck – Drums
Genre: Heavy Metal / Thrash Metal
Bio: Pulverizing thrash/death metal that hits you like a bloody knife to the face! BLËED is a horror themed theatrical metal band from Edmonton. With a ferocious heavy sound and a stage show to coincide with the music, BLËED is sure to entertain the crowd.
Hometown: Lévis, Québec
Members: Warraxe – Vocals and Rythm Guitars, Fred – Lead Guitars BenFok – Bass and Back Vocals, Loup – Keyboard, Lucas – Drum
Genre: Folk Metal
Bio: Everything started on a particularly not very eventful night back in 2006. Warraxe and Benfok started to create what would eventually be known as “Far Away”. After the first draft of a song that seems to kick some ass, the 2 men decided it was time to push the project further so they started their quest to find other musicians to complete the band. That quest was long and hard because these musicians not only needed to be serious and talented, they also needed to be compatible with the inferior brains of Warraxe and Benfok. Freydrick was the first one to join the troops….armed with his blonde beard” Then came the protector of thy unholy keyboard, Dark Dreamer, whose evil was just so… evil. Other musicians joined the band as well but due to conflicting schedule, they went on some other path. The horde was almost complete. Warraxe chose the path of the guitar player/singer and his brother-in-law chose the keyboard but a drummer was still missing.
Then from the frozen guts of Hiverna, a troll named Bardunor rose and joined the horde. Unfortunately this troll had to go back to his cave but his quest with the braves folks from Nordheim is not completed… some beer barrels still needs to be drank….but that’s another tale. Then a very old friend came out of the shadows and claimed: ” I can play drums…I can play fuc**ng fast!”. So Phil Poul joined and replace Bardunnor. He contributed to the demo and to the first album ” Lost In The North”. Some years passed but in 2011, Phil Poul departed from the band, opening the door for a Red Bearded Viking, the seducing Lucas Biron (Kälter) who joined the barbarian brotherhood. They then loaded the longship and started the quest for their next barrel of potion called “Refill”. Soon after the release of the second album, Thom, the brother-in-law of Warraxe had to leave in order to fight the stone cold armies of the east. But during the summer of 2014, they heard a far away howl…followed by some notes from a piano…
These notes came from a young wolf called the Loup-Gab of America. Since then, the band is complete. Nordheim is ready to sail through many perilous travels aboard their troll longship!
Members: Morgan Rider – Vocals, Bass, Casey Elliott – Guitar, Frankie Caracci – Guitar, Dylan Gowan – Drums
Genre: Canadian Epic Melodic Metal!
Bio: The cloudy beginnings of VESPERIA lay etched in the gorged bodies of former musical projects among the now 4 piece band. Twisting, writhing and forcing their aural onslaught upon metal audiences across the globe have sincerely ensured the band’s continuity through all the harsh and arduous battles modern metal bands are sure to encounter in their tenures.
Originally formed in 2005 by lead vocalist/ bassist Morgan Rider as a black metal band, the sound, direction and theme of the music naturally evolved into the style of fierce and heroic metal the band is now known for. Shortly after releasing their long overdue brand melodic metal 2011 full-length ‘Voyage from Vinland’, VESPERIA redefined their purpose and direction once and finally with their 2012 demo ‘The Swordsman’ and 2013 full-length ‘An Olden Tale’, drawing the ears and attention of metal fans around the world and demonstrating their true mastery of their craft.
With the most fierce music written to date and a bounty of opportunity awaiting, VESPERIA hungrily eye 2015 as the year they will make their mark upon the Earth.
Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition where band’s from across the country in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City will 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 25 years. 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. This year’s festival will be taking place from July 30th to August 1st.
How it works:
Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals from the months of January to May 2015 selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in Toronto, ON in June (date to be determined) with one being selected to perform at the 26th edition of Wacken Open Air taking place from July 30th to August 1st. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.
The finalists will be selected as follows.
1 finalist from BC (Vancouver & Victoria will face off)
1 finalist from Alberta (Calgary & Edmonton will face off)
2 finalists from Ontario (Toronto vs. Ottawa will face off)
1 finalist from Quebec (Montreal & Quebec City will face off)
1 finalist from Saskatoon or Winnipeg (Saskatoon and Winnipeg will face off)
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
Free Download: Wacken Metal Battle Canada Compilation Vol. 3 (Over 80 Tracks)
Canada: Mountains, trees, lakes, beer… metal? You bet.Often under-estimated, but always a force to be reckoned with. Canada has forged such heavyweights as Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend, Voivod, Annihilator, Anvil, Into Eternity. The Quebec region, re-known for their love of extreme metal, has spawned the likes of Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, Martyr and Quo Vadis. Not to mention an impressive new wave of modern metal including Alexisonfire, 3 inches of Blood, Protest The Hero, Cancer Bats, Baptized In Blood and Despised Icon.
Canada continues to be a strong supporter in the global metal scene by offering such contributions as the Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles publication, the critically acclaimed film Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, the annual Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival & Conference, and the Heavy MTL and Heavy TO festivals.
The year 2015 will see Canada’s third year of participation in the Wacken Metal Battle. Only the strongest of contenders will be chosen to participate, to yield one true champion, and represent their nation with highest honor at the Wacken Open Air Festival.
Being held in Toronto, ON, Montreal, QC, Ottawa, ON, Saskatoon, SK, Winnipeg, MB, Calgary, AB, Edmonton, AB and Vancouver, BC and Victoria, BC during the months of Februaray to June, Canadian metal bands from across the country will challenge one another to join 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.
The W:O:A Metal Battle was founded in 2004 to encourage future generations of heavy metal and rock, as Wacken Open Air believes in supporting the future of metal music and its musicians.
Metal Battle Canada application link – http://www.metalbattle.ca/apply.html
Rehearsal Factory – http://rehearsalfactory.com
FACTOR – http://www.factor.ca (“We acknowledge the financial support of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters”)
Pearl Drums – http://pearldrum.com
Boonsdale Records – https://www.boonsdalerecords.com
TicketFly – http://www.ticketfly.com
Long & McQuade – http://www.long-mcquade.com
Dungeonworks – https://www.facebook.com/dungeonworksprods
The Invisible Orange – http://www.theinvisibleorange.com
Concertworks – http://www.concertworks.ca
Big Nate Productions – http://www.calgarymetalfest.com
Vertebrae 33 (Design & Illustration) – http://www.vertebrae33.com
Glen Robinson (Producer) – http://glenrobinson.tumblr.com
Apartment 2 Recording – http://www.facebook.com/Apartment2
Absolute Underground – http://www.facebook.com/groups/10034445807
Beatroute Magazine – http://www.beatroute.ca
Bravewords – http://www.bravewords.com
Broken Neck Radio – http://www.BrokenNeckRadio.com
Bucketlist Music Reviews – https://www.bucketlistmusicreviews.com
Canadian Death Metal – http://www.facebook.com/CanadianDeathMetal
Chronic Aggression – http://www.facebook.com/ChronicAggressionRadio
CJLO – http://www.cjlo.com
Crown of Viserys – http://crownofviserys.wordpress.com
Exclaim! – http://www.exclaim.ca
Governor’s Ball – http://www.thegovernorsball.com
Hammer Smashed Radio –http://www.facebook.com/hammersmashedradio
Heavy Metal ICU – http://www.heavymetalicu.com
Hellbound – http://www.Hellbound.ca
Loaded Radio – http://www.loadedradio.com
Metal Master Kingdom – http://www.metalmasterkingdom.com
Metal Nation Radio – http://www.metalnationradio.com
Metal-Rules – http://www.metal-rules.com
Muzik Injection – http://www.muzikinjection.com
Ondes Chocs – http://www.facebook.com/OndesChocs
Pure Grain Audio – http://www.puregrainaudio.com
Quebec-Metal – http://www.quebec-metal-archives.blogspot.ca
Scene Magazine – http://www.thescenemagazine.ca
The Heavy Metal ICU – http://www.heavymetalicu.com
Header Photo by Eric Brisson Eric Brisson Photography
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