One band to rule them all! This past Saturday, May 25th, America's top five unsigned bands from across the country shared the stage in Los Angeles, CA at The Viper Room for the national final of Wacken Metal Battle USA . The night was filled with brutality, debauchery and pure musicianship among them all. Battling the night away, the final featured Dissentience (
Judged by a panel of metal industry that consisted of Alex Distefano ( LA Weekly ), Marco Barbieri ( M-Theory Audio ) and DJ Will ( KNAC.COM ), only one band could be selected to represent the nation at this year's international Wacken Battle at the 30th edition of Wacken Open Air . The battle has been part of the festival since 2004 and has had over 40 countries participate since its inception. This year's American champion crowned to represent the nation is San Diego thrashers MONARCH . They will be joining metal bands from 29 other countries battling it out from July 31st to August 2nd for one to conquer them all. The top 5 bands will be rewarded with material and cash prizes.
The band comments:
"Without a doubt, this has been a journey for the Monarch camp and everyone involved. We are beyond thrilled to have won Wacken Metal Battle USA in 2019 to represent the United States of America! We have put 15 years of our blood, sweat, and tears into this band to make it what it is today. And we know that every band up until this moment have done the same. We would like to thank the fans for always being there and believing in what we do. We wouldn't be here without the fans. To Eric Dow to have taken it upon himself to even have this opportunity, to begin with, and to the Brick by Brick, Viper Room, Andrew Bansal of Metal Assault for helping make this a reality for us and Jon Asher of Asher Media Relations for all his help with all the battles. We can't imagine how hard it was for the judges to make a decision every time one of these epic battles went down and to them, we have much respect.
Best believe that Monarch will be bringing the fire and metal from the United States to Wacken to show them what the USA metal scene has got. And we will be going as hard as we can to show the metal heads attending that we want to win this one! We are forever humbled to have gotten this far and now it's time to strategize our victory in Germany.
Big Thanks to everyone involved that put together such an amazing year of metal! - Monarch"
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About Metal Battle USA:
Wacken Metal Battle USA is part of an international competition that sees bands from across the country battle each other for the chance of winning their spot among other champions from 29 countries, and representing the USA in 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 29 years.
Participating cities hosted qualifying rounds plus a city final organized by a local city concert promoter where one band is to move forward to the American national final in Los Angeles on May 25th, 2019. The winner of the national final will move on to perform at the 30th edition of Wacken Open Air and compete against the winners of 29 other countries in a final global battle. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry representatives.
Last year’s battles saw the best from over 50 competing bands from the Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Orlando, San Diego and Los Angeles areas. Crowned champions were Anaheim’s VOICES OF RUIN (pictured below) who performed a beast of a set at the 2018 Wacken Open Air.
2018 – WMBU Winner
VOICES OF RUIN (Anaheim, CA) - http://www.voicesofruin.com
2017 – WMBU Winner
CORPSE HOARDER (Philadelphia, PA) - https://www.facebook.com/
Live at Wacken 2017 -
Sponsors / Partners:
Dungeon Works Productions
Asher Media Relations
Fatal Illness Management
Come And Take It Productions
Mosh Pit Army