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  • Jason Hesley

Wacken Metal Battle USA - National Final - May 13th - San Diego!

After months of battles across the country, Wacken Metal Battle USA is proud to announce the top seven independent bands performing at the 2023 National Final in San Diego, CA on May 13th at the Brick By Brick (Ticket Info). One band will be crowned champion and represent the USA at the international battle that hosts 29 other participating countries at one of the world’s most prestigious stages and the largest metal festival Wacken Open Air (Aug 4 -6), which has an attendance of over 80,000 people, and held in Wacken, Germany for now over 30 years.

To date, the battle has sent 4 previous bands to perform on metal's most prestigious stage. San Diego's Mythraeum (2022), San Diego's Monarch (2019), Anaheim's Voices of Ruin (2018) and Philadelphia's Corpse Hoarder (2017).

This year's 2023 WMBU national finalists are the following:

DEATHBLOW - Salt Lake City, UT - FADRAIT - San Diego, CA - STEELLAKE - El Paso, TX - FINAL GIRLS - New Jersey - ANUBIS - Los Angeles, CA - VILLIANS IN VAIN - Eugene, OR - AUTUMN LIES BURIED - Clarksville, TN -

For the national final, all seven bands will be judged by experienced industry professionals on various categories of professionalism and musicianship for only one to be selected to represent the USA on the world stage at Wacken Open Air.

Guest Judges: Rod Kukla (Silver Lining Music/Wacken) Mark Vieira (Parts Unknown Management) Jon Halperin (Talent Buyer @ Glass House) More TBA

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