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Bangladeshi bands to battle for world’s biggest metal music festival

  • Published at 08:00 pm November 28th, 2018
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The Wacken Metal Battle 2019 reaches Dhaka

Five Bangladeshi metal bands are set to compete in a live audition on Saturday, December 1 to qualify for a place in the prestigious Wacken Open Air (WOA) festival in Germany. 40 bands had earlier submitted audio songs, from which five bands have now been selected to appear in the live audition round to be held at theRussian Cultural Centre auditorium in Dhaka. The winning band will have to compete later with selected bands from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka to finally win an opening slot position at Wacken. 

“The Wacken Metal Battle takes place in around 50 countries across the globe every year. But Bangladeshi bands did not have the opportunity to participate, as the festival organizers did not hold the contest here,” Said Saimum Hasan Nahian, the CEO of Valor Events, which is the organizing partner with Wacken Open Air for selection in Bangladesh.

Nahian had been trying for the past couple of years to bring the contest to Bangladesh which finally came to fruition this year, giving Valor Events the authorization to hold the Bangladeshi part of the selection process in the The Wacken Metal Battle 2019.

“The Bangladeshi winner does not go to Wacken only by winning in the country. The selected band from Bangladesh gets the opportunity to appear in Bangalore Open Air, where it will compete in another battle with winning bands from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The winner from that contest gets to go to Germany for the Wacken Open Air 2019,” Nahian said. 

The selected five bands from Bangladesh are Karma, Ionic Bond, Torture Goregrinder, Infidel and Trainwreck. On Saturday these bands will perform a 20-minute set of three original songs in front of a foreign judge representing WOA, as well as designated local judges.

Nahian says the whole effort to organize and being a partner does not have any immediate business prospect for his company. “We are doing it purely for our passion for metal music. And I have always wanted this for Bangladeshi bands. We also want people to know about this opportunity through the event,” said Nahian. 

The opportunity to perform at Bangalore Open Air, Nahian says, is a big achievement in and of itself, as this is the biggest heavy metal festival in the Indian subcontinent region. Held since 2012, the annual festival has featured globally renowned metal bands like Kreator, Iced Earth, Destruction, Napalm Death, Vader, Nile and Overkill. 

The live audition on Saturday is open to the public and tickets will go on sale on the day of the event. Bangladeshi heavy metal band Powersurge will headline the show as guest artist.