Wacken Metal Battle Canada Announce Toronto Round Five Winners; Line Up For Toronto Semi-Finals Comp

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce Shotgun Cure and The Blackcloud Syndicate winners of Toronto’s fifth and last qualifying round that took place on Friday, April 4th at The Rivoli. Both bands will move on to compete at one of two city semi finals on April 26 @ Hard Luck Bar, (772a Dundas St. W.) and Sat, May 3 @ The Rivoli, (334 Queen St W.) where two Toronto bands will move on to join finalists from battles in Vancouver, Alberta (Calgary vs. Edmonton) and Montreal to compete at the national final in Toronto, ON on June 7th at Opera House (735 Queen St. E.). One independent Canadian metal band will be chosen to perform at the international Wacken Metal Battle during Wacken Open Air 2014 taking place from July 31- Aug 2.

Round Five Guest Judges:
Andrew Epstein (The Governor’s Ball / Relapse Records podcast)
Dan Turcotte (Producer / Pet Shop Productions)
Greg Rounding (Crimson Shadows)

TORONTOFri, April 4 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W. – Event Details 
The Blackcloud Syndicate – WINNER
Dawn Vally 
FINAL TRIGGER (Special Guest Headliner)

Toronto Semi finals:

Sat, April 26 @ Hard Luck, 772a Dundas St. W. – Event Details
My Hollow (12:15am)
The Parallax (11:30pm)
Psycho Mad Sally (10:45pm)
Shotgun Cure (10:00pm)
Santuarium (9:15pm)

April 26 – Semi-Final Guest Judges:
Dean Pogue (Roadrunner Records / Warner Music Canada)
Chris Gonda (PureGrainAudio)
Tim Potocic (Sonic Unyon Records)
Douglas Chong (Warner Music Canada)

Sat, May 3 @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St W. – Event Details
Shattered Remains (12:15am)
Our Covenant (11:30pm)
Endemise (10:45pm)
Burning The Day (10:00pm)
The Blackcloud Syndicate (9:15pm)

May 3 – Semi-Final Guest Judges:
Dean Pogue (Roadrunner Records / Warner Music Canada)
Chris Gonda (PureGrainAudio)
Damian Abraham (Fucked Up / MuchMusic’s The Wedge)
Douglas Chong (Warner Music Canada)

About: Over 100 independent Canadian metal bands have been selected to participate in this year’s Wacken Metal Battle Canada line up in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The bands will compete during the months of March, April and May in 22 qualifying rounds, 6 semi-finals, and an Alberta final along with the national final being held on June 7th in Toronto, ON at Opera House.

One band will be chosen to represent the nation with highest honour at this year’s 2014 international battle at the world’s most prestigious metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany.

The finals will have the following representation and will be judged along with all other rounds by a panel of music industry representatives.

1 finalist from Vancouver, BC
1 finalist from Alberta (Calgary & Edmonton will face off in Alberta final)
2 finalists from Toronto, ON
1 finalist from Montreal, QC

Last year’s battle was witnessed to Toronto, ON’s epic power/death metal band Crimson Shadows not only winning the 2013 Canadian final but conquering the international final and performing in front of thousands unknown to their behemoth sound. (Video of that champion set can be viewed here.) The band joined a list of Canadian heavyweights such as Voivod, Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Anvil, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, 3 Inches of Bloods, Despised Icon and Danko Jones who have performed at the festival in years past.

Submissions were open from December 5, 2013 to January 31, 2014.

Rules: http://metalbattle.ca/rules.html

Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video:

For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:

Official Website: http://www.metalbattle.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetalBattleCanada

Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WackenMetalBattleCAN

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit http://www.wacken.com

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