W:O:A Metal Battle

The Metal Battle is an international yearly competition for young underground metal bands established in 2004. It’s a great platform for the bands to present their music and to get in contact with producers, bookers, managers and labels. On the other hand, it’s also a chance for the countries, which haven’t found much compliance in the metal world, even though they have an extensive metal scene, to get international attention. Thus, the network extended through the years and over 40 countries joined the competition, e.g. Mexico, South Africa, Israel, Egypt, China and Japan.


The first rounds of the competition take place in the participating countries. The bands who win the competition of their country are going to the W:O:A for the final rounds. The jury determines the “top 5”, which are awarded with material and cash prizes. The Wacken Foundation supports the competition by providing the cash prizes.