The “Metal Battle”, which was started in 2004 by the founders of the world’s biggest heavy metal festival — the Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany — as a contest to support up-and-coming bands from all over the world, will go into its ninth round in 2012 — with Nuclear Blast Records and ICS Festival Service GmbH, which organizes the Wacken Open Air festival, joining forces.
What initially started out as a small contest with six German bands and five bands from other countries grew and grew over the years — so much so that there was a total of 29 international bands performing during the festival in 2011 and striving to win the competition after having won the preliminary decisions in their respective countries. In the past, the first prize was a record deal with Wacken Records. For 2012, Nuclear Blast and ICS Festival Service have announced their participation, meaning that the winning band of “Metal Battle” 2012 will be given a record deal with Nuclear Blast — the biggest independent heavy metal label worldwide!
Commented Nuclear Blast AR manager Andy Siry: “We’re looking forward to this cooperation with the Wacken Open Air ‘Metal Battle’ and ICS. Supporting young talents means paving the way for a diverse and prosperous international heavy metal scene in the future. Plus it’s always great to see how many musical rough diamonds are out there, who deserve much more attention than they currently receive.”