Wacken Metal Battle Canada Open For 2016 Submissions

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to return for its fourth year showcasing Canada’s top independent metal talent to the world stage at Wacken Open Air, which holds an attendance of over 80,000 metalheads from around the world each year.

For the last three years that Wacken Metal Battle has been held in Canada, it has produced two world champions Vesperia (2015) and Crimson Shadows (2013) to triumph at the international Wacken Metal Battle beating out over 30 other representing countries from around the globe.

This year’s 2016 edition has expanded once again across the country with Hamilton and London and cities from BC’s Lower Mainland, Island and Interior set to be announced at a later date joining the ranks of Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.

WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia comments: “It’s hard to believe that we are already on our 4th edition of the Metal Battle. As always we are striving to make it the best one yet! Expanding to new cities is key to our growth, and we’re very pleased with the addition of Hamilton and London in Ontario, and the Interior in BC. So prepare for a wild year of quality showcases across our great country, and let us all join in celebrating Canadian metal.”

Submissions for bands from across Canada are open now and end on January 5, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. Bands can submit their application for participation right here.

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Crimson Shadows Announces U.S. Shows With Nekrogoblikon

The 2013 International Wacken Battle champions from Crimson Shadows are currently forging through the frozen reaches of their homeland of Canada and will voyage onward into the USA to slay the west coast with Nekrogoblikon in August.

This is the band’s first U.S. tour since the release of Napalm Records debut “Kings Among Men” (reviewed here) in the fall of 2014.

The power/melodic death band from Toronto had this to say: “We are extremely excited to do our first American tour with our mates in Nekrogoblikon. With an alliance forged between Vikings and Goblins, this tour will be the most epic invasion the west coast has ever seen!”

7/10: Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
7/11: Regina, SK @ The Exchange
7/12: Red Deer, AB @ Murphs Pub
7/13: Edmonton, AB @ DV8 Tavern
7/17: Armstrong, BC @ Armstrong Metal Fest
7/18: Calgary, AB @ Distortion
7/19: Lethbridge, AB @ The Inferno
7/21: Brandon, MB @ North Inn

w/Black Fast
8/1: St. Louis, MO @ Firebird

w/Nekrogoblikon
8/13: Glendale, CA @ The Complex
8/14: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
8/15: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
8/16: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
8/18: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
8/19: Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
8/21: Denver, CO @ Moon Room
8/22: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Music Garage
8/23: Reno, NV @ PB&J’s
8/25: Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
8/27: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
8/28: Portland, OR @ Analog Café

Crimson Shadows Headline Dates
9/5: Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
9/11: Westland, MI @ Token Lounge

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Chaos Fest Announces 2015 Headliners

Hamilton, ON’s most brutal indoor assault, Chaos Fest, is proud to reveal this year’s headliners, which include Liferuiner, Blackguard, Erimha, and Crimson Shadows plus many more bands from Ontario performing on the two day fest on May 1st and 2nd.

“I am extremely excited to announce the 4th annual Chaos Fest line up. We are doing a few things different this year by adding a couple more venues along with a wide variety of bands. We think it’s going to be a hit,” comments fest organizer Eric Camilleri.

Bands interested in performing at the fest can apply at this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Blackguard
Erimha
Crimson Shadows
Ending Tyranny
Liferuiner
Lions Lions
We Were Sharks
Everyone Dies In Utah
One Year Later
The Apex
Resistor

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Crimson Shadows Posts “Heroes Among Us” Music Video

Crimson Shadows has released a new official music video for “Heroes Among Us,” which comes by way of the band’s upcoming “Kings Among Men” album, due out September 9th via Napalm Records. Check out the clip below.

The entire album is also available for streaming online. Listen in at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. March of Victory
2. Rise to Power
3. Heroes Among Us
4. A Gathering of Kings
5. Maidens Call
6. Braving the Storm
7. Freedom and Salvation Intro
8. Freedom and Salvation
9. Dawn of Vengeance
10. Moonlite Skies and Bloody Tides

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BATTLECROSS: American Thrash Metal Unit Announces Fall Tour With Machine Head, Children Of Bodom And Epica

American thrash metal behemoths, BATTLECROSS, will join Machine Head, Children Of Bodom and Epica on a live takeover this Fall! Set to commence on October 4th in Denver, the trek will trample its way through two dozen cities, coming to a close on November 2nd in San Diego. In related BATTLECROSS news, the band will […]

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Battlecross Adds More Tour Dates, Working On New Album

American thrash act Battlecross has confirmed summer tour dates with Canada’s Wacken Battle winners Crimson Shadows and New York’s IKILLYA.

Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says, “We’re excited to announce our first headline run in quite a while. It’s short but sweet, and this gives us time to write the new record this summer. We are stoked to have our Canadian brothers, Crimson Shadows joining us. We did a short run with those guys earlier this year and they’re a great live band and have an awesome record coming out next fall.”

After two busy summers on the 2012 Trespass America tour and the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the band looks forward to some time off before South American dates with Killswitch Engage. Battlecross will use the time to write the follow up to “War of Will.”

Battlecross is currently on tour in Europe with a series of festival appearances including Download Festival and the Graspop Metal Meeting, plus club shows with Huntress and Lacuna Coil. A full list of dates can be found below.

Guitarist Tony Asta says, “The past year has been very inspiring for the band and our attitude towards the writing process this time around is more confident and driven. I expect our next album to kick you in the ass harder than the last. Album #3 will be a serious contender in 2015 and a defining Battlecross record.”

Tour w/ Crimson Shadows
Thu/Jul-24 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Fri/Jul-25 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
Sat/Jul-26 Elizabethton, TN @ The Bonnie Kate
Sun/Jul-27 Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
Mon/Jul-28 Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
Wed/Jul-30 Reading, PA @ Reverb
Thu/Jul-31 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Fri/Aug-01 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
Sat/Aug-02 Albany, NY @ Bogies
Sun/Aug-03 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Mon/Aug-04 Quebec City, QC @ L’Agitee
Tue/Aug-05 London, ON @ Rum Runners*
Wed/Aug-06 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
Thu/Aug-07 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
End tour
Fri/Aug-08 Louisville, KY** @ Expo 5
Sat/Aug-09 Birch Run, MI @ DIRT Fest
Sun/Aug-10 Libertyville, IL** @Austin’s
*co-headline w/ Macabre
** w/ Killswitch Engage

BATTLECROSS Summer 2014 European tour dates:
19/06/14 IT – Milano – Club Legend w/ Huntress
20/06/14 SI – Ljubljana – Orto Bar w/ Huntress
21/06/14 HR – Zagreb – Mochvara Club w/ Huntress
27/06/14 BE – Dessel – Graspop Festival

BATTLECROSS South American tour dates
w/ Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire
Fri/Aug-22 Curitiba, Brazil @ Music Hall
Sat/Aug-23 Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Carioca Club
Sun/Aug-24 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Circo Voador

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BATTLECROSS confirm summer headline tour, announce plans to write new record

– June 18th, 2014 –

American thrash metallers BATTLECROSS have confirmed summer tour dates with Canada’s Wacken Battle winners Crimson Shadows and New York’s IKILLYA.

Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says, “We’re excited to announce our first headline run in quite a while. It’s short but sweet, and this gives us time to write the new record this summer. We are stoked to have our Canadian brothers, Crimson Shadows joining us. We did a short run with those guys earlier this year and they’re a great live band and have an awesome record coming out next fall.

After two busy summers on the 2012 Trespass America tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage and Trivium, the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and Metallica’s Orion Festival, the band looks forward to some time off before their South American dates with Killswitch Engage. They will use the time to write the follow up to ‘War of Will‘ on Metal Blade Records, which debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the top current albums chart, and #2 on the Heatseeker chart. It also debuted in Canada’s Soundscan charts at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal!

BATTLECROSS are currently on tour with their energetic live show in Europe with a series of festival appearances including Download Festival and the Graspop Metal Meeting, plus club shows with Huntress and Lacuna Coil. BATTLECROSS will wrap up their headline tour with an appearance at Michigan’s Dirt Fest, followed by additional tour dates supporting Killswitch Engage. The entire confirmed listing of dates can be seen below.

Guitarist Tony Asta says, “The past year has been very inspiring for the band and our attitude towards the writing process this time around is more confident and driven. I expect our next album to kick you in the ass harder than the last. Album #3 will be a serious contender in 2015 and a defining Battlecross record.

BATTLECROSS
Tour w/ Crimson Shadows
Thu/Jul-24 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Fri/Jul-25 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
Sat/Jul-26 Elizabethton, TN @ The Bonnie Kate
Sun/Jul-27 Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
Mon/Jul-28 Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
Wed/Jul-30 Reading, PA @ Reverb
Thu/Jul-31 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Fri/Aug-01 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
Sat/Aug-02 Albany, NY @ Bogies
Sun/Aug-03 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Mon/Aug-04 Quebec City, QC @ L’Agitee
Tue/Aug-05 London, ON @ Rum Runners*
Wed/Aug-06 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
Thu/Aug-07 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
End tour
Fri/Aug-08 Louisville, KY** @ Expo 5
Sat/Aug-09 Birch Run, MI @ DIRT Fest
Sun/Aug-10 Libertyville, IL** @Austin’s
*co-headline w/ Macabre
** w/ Killswitch Engage

BATTLECROSS Summer 2014 European tour dates:
19/06/14 IT – Milano – Club Legend w/ Huntress
20/06/14 SI – Ljubljana – Orto Bar w/ Huntress
21/06/14 HR – Zagreb – Mochvara Club w/ Huntress
27/06/14 BE – Dessel – Graspop Festival

BATTLECROSS South American tour dates
w/ Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire
Fri/Aug-22 Curitiba, Brazil @ Music Hall
Sat/Aug-23 Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Carioca Club
Sun/Aug-24 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Circo Voador

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Crimson Shadows Recording New Album

Epic Canadian death power metallers and 2013 International Battle for Wacken winners Crimson Shadows of Toronto have announced that they will enter the studio next month to record their follow up to 2013’s EP “Sails of Destiny” with Jonathan Lefrançois and Jee Gagnon at Silverwing Studios in Montreal. The record will be mixed by Eyal Levi of Audiohammer Studios.

As the winners of the 2013 International Battle for Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany, Crimson Shadows is fresh off a triumphant year and started 2014 strong with a recent first run in the United States with thrash band Battlecross. Known for a Canadian twist on epic power European metal, the band is also set to make an announcement that they are signing to an international record label who will release the new record this summer. The band commented:

“Our new songs show a progression of the band as we have been through a lot over the past few years. With a full length and an EP behind us we look forward to this new record and working with Jo and Jee at SilverWing Studios to make these songs truly come to life, and have Eyal provide the finishing touches,” said drummer Cory Hofing.

I’m really looking forward to spending a couple weeks in beautiful Montreal to hammer out these new tracks and show everyone what we’ve been up to since coming back and winning the metal battle in Wacken.”

Lefrançois and Gagnon of Montreal based Silverwing Studios (Agonist, Ex-Deo, Blackguard, Erimha) will handle the production, and Levi (Daath, White Chapel, Firewind, Battlecross) of Sanford, FL’s famed Audiohammer Studios, will mix the record. A Summer 2014 release is planned.

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Crimson Shadows Recording New Album

Epic Canadian death power metallers and 2013 International Battle for Wacken winners Crimson Shadows of Toronto have announced that they will enter the studio next month to record their follow up to 2013’s EP “Sails of Destiny” with Jonathan Lefrançois and Jee Gagnon at Silverwing Studios in Montreal. The record will be mixed by Eyal Levi of Audiohammer Studios.

As the winners of the 2013 International Battle for Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany, Crimson Shadows is fresh off a triumphant year and started 2014 strong with a recent first run in the United States with thrash band Battlecross. Known for a Canadian twist on epic power European metal, the band is also set to make an announcement that they are signing to an international record label who will release the new record this summer. The band commented:

“Our new songs show a progression of the band as we have been through a lot over the past few years. With a full length and an EP behind us we look forward to this new record and working with Jo and Jee at SilverWing Studios to make these songs truly come to life, and have Eyal provide the finishing touches,” said drummer Cory Hofing.

I’m really looking forward to spending a couple weeks in beautiful Montreal to hammer out these new tracks and show everyone what we’ve been up to since coming back and winning the metal battle in Wacken.”

Lefrançois and Gagnon of Montreal based Silverwing Studios (Agonist, Ex-Deo, Blackguard, Erimha) will handle the production, and Levi (Daath, White Chapel, Firewind, Battlecross) of Sanford, FL’s famed Audiohammer Studios, will mix the record. A Summer 2014 release is planned.

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Crimson Shadows Announces Tour Dates With Battlecross

Canadian outfit Crimson Shadows has announced the band’s first ever U.S. tour dates, supporting Battlecross later this month with stops in Pittsburgh (1/22), Cleveland (1/23), Toronto (1/24) and Detroit (1/25).

Crimson Shadows drummer Cory Hofing comments: “We are really excited to be making our way south of the border, its something we have wanted to do for a while now and to be sharing the stage with our friends in Battlecross makes it that much better! We have also decided to unleash a couple brand new tracks we have wrote for our next album on this mini tour so everyone will get a taste of whats to come.”

Winners of the 2013 International Battle for Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany, Crimson Shadows beat out Canadian underground metal bands such as Vesperia, Hollow, Dissension, Adrenechrome and more.

1/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
1/23 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
1/24 Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
1/25 Westland, MI @ Token Lounge

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