W:O:A Metal Battle Middle East 2015 - Participating bands Announced2015-02-05
The organizers of W.O.A. Metal Battle Middle East 2015 have announced the bands that will participate in the first edition of this competition. All the band's applications have been checked by a pre-selection jury, which has listened to the demo songs the bands applied with. This competition consists of band battles in several Middle Eastern countries (Lebanon, Egypt and UAE, including band from Jordan as well), where a winner will be chosen. Each country's winning band will compete on a final to become the winner of the Middle East.
Through this competition, a Middle Eastern band will rise above all others to represent the region at the 2015 edition of Wacken Open Air in Germany, world's number one Metal festival, competing against the other countries' winners to become the W.O.A. Metal Battle World Champion. The battle will take place on the Wet Stage & Headbanger Stage (inside the Bullhead City Circus) during the W.O.A Festival in Germany, on the first weekend of August 2015.
You can check the bands which have been chosen to take part in the W.O.A. Metal Battle Middle East 2015 as follows:
Regional battle in DUBAI – including the bands from JORDAN:
Regional battle in LEBANON:
Regional battle in EGYPT:
Based on composition, originality, quality of vocal and instrumental performance and if the songs could convince or not, the pre-selection jury has chosen the participating bands. The jury was composed of:
- Janne Lundquist: Innovation consultant, Metal Battle organizer in Sweden, former member of several music labels.
- Kasper Molin: Head of Livescenen and organizer of Denmark's Metal Battle
- Ramzi Essayed: Founder of Jorzine.com and vocalist of the Jordanian band Bilocate
- Hussein Shehady: Member of the Lebanese Magazine Metal Bell
- Monika Bremer: Govad Music Egypt
- Nahla Sindbad: Govad Music Dubai
The battles will take place from the end of March to April. As soon as the venues confirm the battle dates, they will be announced. . The winner of each regional battle will take part on the final, which will be held throughout springtime 2015.
Founded 2004, the W.O.A Metal Battle started just as an idea to boost the future generations of Heavy Metal and Rock musicians. The contest has its origins in Wacken's aim to support the future of Metal music, making bands step into the professional business. Several Metal bands such as RECKLESS TIDE, GORILLA MONSOON, TORTURE SQUAD or CRYSYS became world-known after taking part in this competition.
One of the most important things for the W.O.A Metal Battle team and jury is the long ranged promotion of the winner with a special focus on live-activity. International winners get full top-quality endorsements and national artists get endorsements under special conditions as well. This is an occasion to play live on the world´s biggest Metal festival. It is a good chance to socialize with other bands and people from the business.