Wacken Metal Battle USA is returning again this year for another go around and the event is pleased to announce its qualifying rounds in select cities across the United States. The national champion of the battle rounds will perform at the 2018 festival taking place from August 2nd to 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Last year’s battles saw Corpse Hoarder, Goblet, Power Theory, and Upheaval reach the national final. Corpse Hoarder ended up victorious and have had a breakthrough year since then.

This year’s battle rounds are as follows (listed by city):

Wacken Metal Battle USA 2018

Philadelphia, PA

Round 1:

Date: Friday, March 9
Venue: Bar 2300 (2300 Swanson Street)
Event Link: TBA

Bands:

Stealing Fame
Assayer
Fatal Aggression
Andhera
Eyes of The Living

Round 2:

Date: Saturday, March 17
Venue: Bar 2300 (2300 Swanson Street)
Event Link: TBA

Bands:
LOR
The Age of Truth
Symetria
Altar of Dagon
Incest Burner

East Coast Final:

Date: April – TBA
Venue: Bar 2300 (2300 Swanson Street)
Event Link:
Bands: TBA

Orlando, FL

Round 1:

Date: Saturday, March 10
Venue: Bombshell’s Tavern (5405 Edgewater Drive)
Event Link: TBA

Bands:

Kill The Sound
Mekanism
F.I.L.T.H.
Arakara
Acaedia
The Ocean, The Beast
Atlas

Round 2:

Date: Friday, March 23
Venue: The Haven Lounge (6700 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, FL)
Event Link: TBA

Bands:

A Feasting Beast
All Hell
A Matter of Honor
Varanger
Queen Dementia
Withering Earth
Thicket

Tampa Bay, FL

Round 1:

Date: Saturday, March 3
Venue: The Brass Mug (1450 Skipper Road)
Event Link: TBA

Bands:

Plagues of Despair
Death Inside Us
Led by Serpents
Alpha Decay
Dark Star Coven
Alptraum
Shattered
Sevin Sins

Round 2:

Date: Saturday, April 7
Venue: The Brass Mug (1450 Skipper Road)
Event Link: TBA

Bands:

War of Thrones
Tower 7
Untoten Krieg
Blood, Bath & Beyond
5 Star Hooker
Sister Kill Cycle
Fallen Shall Prevail

Florida Final:

Date: TBA
Venue: TBA
Event Link: TBA
Bands: TBA

San Diego, CA

Round 1:

Date: Friday, March 2
Venue: Brick By Brick (1130 Buenos Ave.)
Event Link: TBA

Bands:

In The Name of The Dead
NightShadow
ShredBundy
Theosis
Warpath

Round 2:

Date: Friday, March 30
Venue: Brick By Brick (1130 Buenos Ave.)
Event Link: TBA

Bands:
Gravespell
Gus Macarthur
Monarch
Sentinel
Temblad

Los Angeles, CA

Round 1:

Date: Saturday, March 24
Venue: Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd, West Holywood)
Event Link: TBA

Bands:

Aeonic Impulse
Anthea
Edge of Paradise
Event Horizon
Ironaut

Round 2:

Date: Saturday, April 14
Venue: Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd, West Holywood)
Event Link: TBA

Bands:

Bombscare
Railgun
Ophiuchus
Voices of Ruin
Void Vator

California Final:

Date: Saturday, April 28
Venue: Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd, West Holywood)
Event Link:
Bands: TBA

USA National Final:

Date: Saturday, May 26
Venue: Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd, West Holywood)
Event Link:
Bands: TBA