In case this is the first time you get the news, Wacken Open Air metal battle is happening this year for the first time in the Middle East, where bands applied to a national battle in their respective countries. The winner will play at the world finals in Wacken Open Air festival.
After all bands applied, January was the month of preselection phase. A preselection jury gathered and listened to all demos sent by the applying bands. Based on composition, originality, quality of vocal and instrumental performance and if the songs could convince or not, the decision was made.
THE BANDS TAHT WERE CHOSEN TO TAKE PART IN THE BATTLE AMONG APPLICANTS ARE THE FOLLOWIMG:
Regional battle in DUBAI– including the bands from Jordan:
- Point of View
- Exile (Jordan)
- Relics (Jordan)
Regional battle in LEBANON, Beirut:
Regional battle in EGYPT, Cairo:
- Ahl Sina
- Destiny in Chains
All battles will start by the end of March and during April, where the winner finalist will be chosen to play in WOA.
Members of the preselection jury:
- Janne Lundquist from Sweden, Metal Battle Promoter for Sweden and long-term market player in the music business
- Kasper Molin, Denmark, Metal Battle Promoter for Denmark and head of Livescenen
- Ramzi Essayed, Dubai, member of Bilocate band (Jordan) and member of Jorzine Magazine
- Hussein Shehady, Beirut, Metal Bell Magazine