As previously reported, this year's Wacken Metal Battle Canada expanded to include Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Victoria in the national competition.
Regional battle of the band competitions are scheduled across the aforementioned cities, as well as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal, with the winner earning a slot at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival this summer.
Entry to the competitions is now closed, and Wacken Metal Battle Canada have compiled their third playlist of some of the finest contenders to throw their name in the ring this year. The sampler features songs from 81 competing bands, and a press release promises that it will "annihilate your ears with its brutality of Canadian Metal!"
Qualifying rounds are under way from now until May, with the top bands battling it out in June in Toronto for the Canadian metal crown. While the battles continue to rage, kick back and rock out to the latest 81-song sampler below.
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