With submissions from bands across the country, Wacken Metal Battle Canada has announced a majority of their 2024 battles, with more to follow. All the battles are listed by participating cities (Ottawa bands will be hosted at Montreal rounds), and the national final held in Edmonton, AB on May 25th. Selected bands will have the chance to win a slot as the only independent Canadian band to perform at International Battle at Wacken Open Air (July 31st – August 03rd). Ghost Cult is an Official Media Partner of WMBC for 2024. Head into the article below for more.
Awful weather is plaguing Wacken, Germany – the home of this week’s legendary Wacken Open Air Festival. The festival grounds and surrounding areas have had massive flooding and continued storms putting the event in doubt, and causing many fans to be unable to attend. Still, in spite of the dire weather and at times dangerous conditions according to a published report from the AP, the festival organizer Thomas Jensen has shared a message, hoping to put on the festival somehow. The festival has limited capacity, has done a lot to direct fest-goers to shelter, safety, food (and beer), and seem to be pulling out all the stops in an effort to carry one. We have several friends and colleagues at Wacken and hope for their safe return. WOA 2023 is headlined by Iron Maiden, Dropkick Murphys, Megadeth, Jinjer, Beartooth, and many more artists. Please see a series of messages on the fest’s Facebook group and we’ll bring you more news on this as it develops.
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Once again, the grandaddy of the metalfests, Wacken Open Air has had to put off their sold-out festival for the second year in a row, following global conditions resulting from the pandemic. The organizers posted to the website and social media that the festival simply couldn’t take place this year after the German government declared that no massive gatherings, like music festivals, can take place before August 31st. The new dates for the festival are 04.08. – 06.08.2022. In 2019 Wacken had sold out all 75,000 tickets within 24 hours after going on for the 2020 fest. Slipknot, Judas Priest, Amon Amarth, Mercyful Fate, and many others were announced.
The organizers of Wacken Open Air and Telekom realized the world’s first mixed reality festival was a massive success with 11 million live-content-views views. From Rio to Wacken to Tokyo: Millions of metal fans and music enthusiasts celebrated the first edition of Wacken World Wide last weekend. The organizers of Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) and Telekom developed the world’s first mixed-reality-festival. Metal icons such as Sabaton, Heaven Shall Burn, Kreator, Blind Guardian, In Extremo, Hämatom and Beyond The Black performed spectacular live shows on an innovative XR stage specifically built for this event. In addition to these and many more W:O:A favorites as well as promising newcomers, numerous interactive activities and specials were part of the overall programme. Continue reading
It’s hard to believe it has been a decade since Peter Steele passed away in 2010. His death has left a gaping wound in the soul of the music world that can never be repaired. Peter’s memory lives on in his music and the iconic moments that he created with Type O Negative and Carnivore. We created a detailed memorial post last year, which you can read below. Jam some of Peter’s music today in his honor. Rest in Power Peter! Continue reading
In a surprise post on Halloween, Slipknot has been announced as one of the headliners of Wacken Open Air 2020, along with Judas Priest and Amon Amarth. Slipknot is touring the world behind their global smash album We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner Records), released this past summer. One year ago the band launched their current album cycle with the non-album track ‘All Out Life’! Continue reading
Time is running out in the Ghost Cult contest to win tickets to see Death Metal supergroup Vltimas, featuring Rune “Blasphemer” Eriksen (ex-Mayhem, Aura Noir), David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel) and Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) at an EXCLUSIVE concert in London on 21st of June at Underworld! The band released their excellent new album, Something Wicked Marches In, this spring via Season of Mist. The band has booked festival dates like Copenhell, Tons of Rock and Wacken and Ghost Cult is giving away tickets for you and a friend, plus a digipak CD version of the album. To enter just like and share our Facebook post for the contest and tag a friend you want to bring! Winners will be chosen at random, and the contest ends June 7th, so enter today! Continue reading
Death Metal supergroup Vltimas, featuring Rune “Blasphemer” Eriksen (ex-Mayhem, Aura Noir), David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel) and Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), released their excellent new album, Something Wicked Marches In, last month via Season of Mist. The band has booked festival dates like Copenhell, Tons of Rock and Wacken and an EXCLUSIVE concert in London on 21st of June at Underworld! Ghost Cult is giving away tickets for you and a friend, plus a digipak CD version of the album. To enter just share our Facebook post for the contest and tag a friend! Winners will be chosen at random so enter today! Continue reading
April 14th is a hard day for fans of Type of Negative, as we continue to mourn the loss of legendary frontman Peter Steele who died on this day in 2010. He was only 48 years old. He would have turned 57 this year. Join us as we recall the life and musical legacy of the titan from the 1990s.