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  • Jason Hesley

WACKEN METAL BATTLE USA Bands Submissions Now Open!

Wacken Metal Battle USA announces its return in 2024 to crown one independent band to perform at the world’s largest gathering of metalheads from around the world. To date, the battle has sent 5 previous bands to perform on metal’s most prestigious stage. 2023 witnessed San Diego’s Fadrait crowned champion, following previous winners San Diego’s Mythraeum (2022), San Diego’s Monarch (2019), Anaheim’s Voices of Ruin (2018) and Philadelphia’s Corpse Hoarder (2017).

Watch the video of 2023 winners Fadrait at Wacken Open Air -

Applications for 2024 end November 30th, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST.

Unsigned bands can ONLY apply. Please fill out your information at the following link (please select United States and then the City that your band like to perform in) -

2024 battles will be taking place in the following cities:

New York, NY Clifton, NJ Philadelphia, PA Portland, OR Seattle, WA Bay Area, CA Los Angeles, CA Orange County, CA Sacramento, CA San Diego, CA Austin, TX Dallas, TX El Paso, TX Houston, TX San Antonio, TX

Event info for future battles can be found at

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