Three Metal-Battle finalists from four different countries have been confirmed for the 25th anniversary of the world’s biggest metal festival, Wacken Open Air. As every year, the Metal-Battle takes place in many countries and continents across the world and the finalists travel to Wacken Open Air for the final to perform at the Wacken stages and compete for the grand prize. The bands, usually, compete for a record deal with a record company and an opportunity to perform on one of the stages of the festival the following year.
Juodvarnis (Eng: Black Raven) from Vilnius, Lithuania will bring their form of pagan heavy metal to the (un)holy fields of Wacken this year. All their lyrics are in their native language and they released their debut Šauksmai Iš Praeities in 2013. Apparently the “inspirations of the band are constantly changing and ever living nature, the old world-view and a magnificent past”. It looks like this is a band not to miss! Check out the track “Paukščiai Pakils” (Eng.: Birds Shall Rise) below:
Hungary’s Room of Mad Robots are the next Metal-Battle finalist. Founded in 2006 the band plays a type of psychedelic metal with the inclusion of tribal instruments. The Wacken website describes them as a “a mix of music somewhere between Soulfly and Mastodon with a bit of desert rock”. They are now working on their third studio album. Check out their music via Bandcamp below:
All the way from South Africa comes Red Helen who will bring their hardcore and metalcore show to the W.E.T. Stage. They were formed in 2008 in Johannesburg and are currently working on their debut album Trading Past for Pathways for a late 2014/early 2015 release. Check out the track “The Watchmaker’s Key” below:
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