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Wacken Metal Battle USA

March 9 @ 8:00 pm
2300 S. Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148 United States

Wacken Metal Battle USA

Doors 7PM // First band 8PM

5 bands // $10 door

For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival, Wacken Open Air in Germany, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info). For the second year, Wacken Metal Battle USA is returning to America and will be hosting qualifying rounds in select cities across the nation. The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2018 festival taking place from August 2nd through the 4th in Wacken, Germany.

8pm – Eyes of the Living
– We are four friends with a love for Metal looking to do something new! Chris Moore (Bass) and Tim Swisher (Vocals/Guitar) are from a local metal band “Abolish”. Mike Straiton Lead Guitarist and Cliff Fritts Drums played for another local metal band named “Pummel”. Both bands thrived in the mid to late 90’s and were well known in the local underground metal scene. Playing in all the great local clubs and opening for such acts as Morbid Angel, Crowbar, Overkill, Fear Factory and even Iron Maiden at the Electric Factory. “Eyes of the Living” is a new project with a variety of influences that punches a hole in the fabric of sound! enjoy!!

9:20pm – Andhera
– Liminality is the stage of ambiguity and disorientation an individual inhibits while in the middle stage of a ritual. These individuals no longer hold their pre-ritual status, nor do they belong to the status which they will achieve after having completed the ritual. It is a state of standing within the threshold of what once was and what will be.

ANDHERA’s beginnings are much the same as the liminal phase of a ritual practice. Separating themselves from prior musical endeavors, ANDHERA’s members began creating something entirely new together. ANDHERA sets out to create a new experience for fans, using both audio and visual stimuli to portray their creative processes. Now the ritual is almost complete.

10:10pm – Fatal Aggression

11:00pm – Assayer
– Formed in early 2010, Assayer was forged with a wide variety of influences. With a sound rooted in the traditional American metal of Metallica and Pantera, Assayer blends in progressive and extreme elements seamlessly to create a sound that is both familiar, yet distinct. Spending almost two years in the studio perfecting their craft, they are now armed with their new release “Return to the Throne” and are ready to unleash their brand of progressive extreme metal upon the world.

11:50pm – Stealing Fame
– Stealing Fame has taken the Philadelphia area by storm since the debut of their revamped line up in August 2013. The release of their first full length album has gained attention from fans, venues and press alike. Having shared the stage with bands like Bobaflex, Alestorm, Blameshift, Screaming for Silence, Romantic Rebel, Swashbuckle, October Rage and Royal Bliss, Stealing Fame brings a stage show that packs a punch and doesn’t let up. If you haven’t caught them yet, don’t wait, you won’t regret it.

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*How it works:*
Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals, selecting the top band to move forward to the national final (city and date to be

determined) with one being selected to perform at the 29th edition of Wacken Open Air. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.


Overall Performance:
This would be how well the band gels onstage.  Are they tight?  Are they entertaining to watch?  What is their level of showmanship?

What does this band bring to the scene that’s new in respect to the genre they claim to represent?

Does the band excel with musical prowess and abilities?

Is the idea of the band clear and focused.  Does their image do a good job at representing their sound?  Are they marketable?

Crowd reaction/Interaction:
Does the crowd seem to be enjoying the performance?  Is the band putting an effort into communicating with the audience?

Time Efficiency Onstage:
Does the band balance the use of their time well between addressing the crowd between songs and performing?  Do they take too long to set up or hinder the next band’s starting time because of changeover delays they’re responsible for?




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