For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the world have been playing to thousands of people and competing with one another to be crowned champion of the world. For the third year, Wacken Metal Battle USA will return to the U.S. and will host qualifying rounds in select cities across the country. The national champion will then perform at the 30th edition of the festival during the weekend of August 1st to 3rd, 2019 in Wacken, Germany. The lineup already includes Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Demons & Wizards, Powerwolf, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo, Within Temptation, Meshuggah and many more.

For unsigned bands interested in participating in the upcoming battles for 2019, applications have already started and will be accepted until December 2nd, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST. For more information, please visit:

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 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.

Battles will be held in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Orlando, New York City, and Chicago with more to be announced.

Rules for entry can be found at: