Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2014: who are the final combatants?

Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2014This coming Saturday five bands will step up to compete in Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2014 one last time, each striving to represent their home and native land in the international metal battle competition at Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival. If you can make it out to the show, don’t hesitate – it looks to be an exciting event. If you can’t… well, here’s a taste of what you’re going to miss.


Saturday, June 7 at the Opera House

featuring special guest headliner Skullfist

and competitors Burning the Day, Exit Strategy, Mutank, My Hollow, Neck of the Woods

hosted by The Governor from “The Governor’s Ball” (www.thegovernorsball.com)

with guest judges:
Robb Reiner (Anvil)
Noel Peters (Inertia Entertainment)
Tim Henderson (Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles)
Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle Of Filth)
Jon Asher (Asher Media Relations)
Adam Sewell (Riot Rock Management / Stereo Dynamite)
Darrell Shelley (Scene Magazine)
Drew Copland (Villainizer)

Wacken Metal Battle Canada Finalists 2014

Burning the Day

Who are you and where are you from? (who plays what, hometown)

My name is Matt and I’m one of the guitarists from Burning The Day. We also have Cesar Silva (vocals), Dmitri Skribans (bass), Maxim Shelkov (guitar), and Steve “The Animal” Mitchell (on drums).

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Burning the Day

What’s your niche?

We have lot’s of fast melodic riffs mixed with groovy syncopated breakdowns and I think what makes us distinct is how tight we are from playing all these songs thousands of times.

Why metal? What’s your favourite thing about the genre, the scene, the culture?

Metal is what we all listened to growing up with bands like Metallica, Pantera, Iron Maiden, In Flames, etc. … so many bands to name. I think the metal culture has the best and most die hard fans compared to any other genre of music. I don’t think you would see too many Cold Play tattoos, but you would see lots of Slayer tattoos and a kid that carved it into his arm with a knife.

Who or what inspires you?

Our biggest inspiration comes from the bands that we listened to that made us want to start playing in the first place.  Metallica and Pantera are the two best metal bands of all time, and I think most metalheads would agree with that. Without these bands, there would be no Burning The Day.

#1 motivation for competing in Wacken Metal Battle Canada?

The motivation is simply to play at Wacken Festival and be crowned best independent metal band in Canada. It would be an honor and dream come true to play Wacken and we are extremely excited to be a part of it.

Highlight of this year’s competition so far (besides getting to the finals)?

The best highlight was having a list of 100 metal bands to go check out and listen to and getting to meet new bands and make new friends.

Best place to check out samples of your music?


— Matthew Metcalfe


Laura is associate editor of Hellbound.ca and co-host of weekly metal show Kill Eat Exploit the Weak on CFMU 93.3 FM. She loves doom, prog, cats and basketball, believes in equity and social justice and is not cool with any form of discrimination, marginalization, harassment or oppression.