2019 Wacken Metal Battle USA Champions, San Diego thrashers MONARCH are sharing the full set video from their performance at last year’s Wacken Open Air.
Upcoming Battles – WACKEN METAL BATTLE USA 2020
One Band To Rule Them All & Play Wacken Open Air
Battle Dates: (more to be announced)
01-Feb – San Francisco, CA – Toot’s Tavern – info
01-Feb – Seattle, WA – The Funhouse – info
08-Feb – Tampa Bay, FL – The Verona Bar – info
08-Feb – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live – info
08-Feb – Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club
08-Feb – Houston, TX – Acadia Bar – info
08-Feb – San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s – info
15-Feb – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – info
15-Feb – Oakland, CA – Red Hat
15-Feb – Seattle, WA – The Funhouse – info
16-Feb – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Ballroom
21-Feb – Inland Empire, CA – The Boiler Room
22-Feb – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – info
22-Feb – Tampa Bay, FL – The Verona Bar – info
29-Feb – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – info
01-Mar – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues – info
06-Mar – Inland Empire, CA – The Boiler Room – info
06-Mar – Tucson, AZ – House of Bards
07-Mar – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick – info
07-Mar – Sacramento, CA – The Boardwalk
14-Mar – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick – info
14-Mar – Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock
14-Mar – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live – Texas Final
20-Mar – Inland Empire, CA – The Boiler Room – I.E. Final – info
21-Mar – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – LA Final – info
21-Mar – Portland, OR – Dantes – info
28-Mar – Sacramento, CA – On The Y – North California Final
04-Apr – Tampa Bay, FL – The Verona Bar – Florida Final
04-Apr – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick – SD Final
11-Apr – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – West Coast Final – info
11-Apr – Seattle, WA – The Funhouse – Pacific Northwest Final
20-Apr – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
09-May – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – National Final – info
For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, 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. For the fourth 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 31st edition of the festival taking place from July 30th – August 1st, 2020 in Wacken, Germany. The sold-out 2020 Wacken Open Air line-up includes Slipknot, Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, Amon Amarth, Sodom, Annihilator, Overkill, Venom, Sick of It All, Nervosa, U.D.O., Hypocrisy, Death Angel, Beast In Black, At The Gates and many more. Details here.
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 29 other countries’ champions, 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 30 years. The winner of Wacken Metal Battle USA will perform at the 2020 festival taking place from July 30th – August 1st.
2020 battles will be held in Phoenix, AZ, Tucson, AZ, Inland Empire, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Oakland, CA, Sacramento, CA, San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Atlanta, GA, Las Vegas, NV, New York City, NY, Portland, OR, Austin, TX, Fort Worth, TX, San Antonio, TX, Houston, TX, Seattle, WA, and Tampa Bay, FL.
Concert promoters interested in hosting a Wacken battle in their city can apply at this link: https://metalbattleusa.
How it works: Participating cities will host qualifying rounds plus a city final organized by a local city concert promoter where one band will move forward to the American national final (date and city to be determined). The winner of the national final will move on to perform at the 31st 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 2019 national final was hosted in Los Angeles, CA and featured Dissentience (
2019 – WMBU Winner
Monarch (San Diego, CA)
Video – Live at Wacken 2019 here.
2018 – WMBU Winner
VOICES OF RUIN (Anaheim, CA)
Sponsors / Partners:
Dungeon Works Productions
Asher Media Relations
Fatal Illness Management
Come And Take It Productions
Mosh Pit Army
Tampa Bay Mosh Team