Wacken Metal Battle USA is proud to announce that this year’s winner of Wacken 2018 is none other than California’s Voices of Ruin! Out of fifty other competing bands, Voices of Ruin are the last band standing, after coming out on top after this past weekend’s national final in Los Angeles. To become Wacken champion, the band beat out Philadelphia’s Eyes of the Living and Florida’s Withering Earth. This year’s deciding judges included metal industry representatives Marco Barbieri (M-Theory Audio), Lloyd Grant (Metallica) and Bill Metoyer (producer – Slayer/Bitch). Voices of Ruin have now earned the opportunity to show what they got on Wacken Open Air’s Wet Stage for the opportunity to be crowned international champion. Wacken Open Air, the world’s largest outdoor metal festival will be taking place from August 2nd – 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Wacken Metal Battle USA organizer Jon Asher commented, “This year’s American battles witnessed Wacken Metal Battle USA’s expansion to more cities, more bands and more metal! I’m always excited to see who will be the king of the ring from all the bands participating. I want to thank all the bands for entering and performing in the competition, all the judges and city promoters plus all our partners that helped spread the word and making our 2nd year an amazing event. We’re looking forward to next year and sending more independent American metal to Wacken!”

For more information on Wacken Open Air, please visit: wacken.com.