Metal bands battle in Victoria

Victoria metal bands will compete for the chance to go to Germany for the Wacken Metal Battle.

Metal bands from Victoria are set to battle it out for a chance to be named the best in the world.

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition in which bands from across the country battle to be selected to join 30 other countries at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival, Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany.

Victoria’s qualifying round will be on March 28 at The Cambie Esquimalt, 858 Esquimalt Rd. Bands will be judged by local people in the music industry.

This is the first year a battle for this competition will be held in Victoria.

“There’s been more and more demand from the metal community in Canada,” said Jon Asher, national publicist for Wacken Metal Battle Canada. “There’s a lot of independent talent in this country. We’re excited to see who’s going to win the Victoria round and end up in Vancouver.”

Winners from Victoria and Vancouver will face off to be named the best in B.C. Winners from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec will compete for the national title in Toronto in June.

Bands performing in Esquimalt on March 28 are: Krunch Mustard, Torrefy, Tribune, Cryptic Enslavement, Scimitar and Blood Demon. Each band will play a 25-minute set.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door and at Lyle’s Place, 770 Yates St.

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