Vesperia Win Wacken Metal Battle Canada

Vesperia Win Wacken Metal Battle Canada
It's time to raise those devil horns and salute the winner of the 2015 Wacken Metal Battle Canada: Toronto's Vesperia.

The band were named the contest's victor following the Wacken Metal Battle Canada final at Toronto's Opera House on June 6. Other finalists included Medevil, Bleed, Endless Chaos, Midnight Malice and Nordheim. Among the judges were members of Annihilator and Cradle of Filth.

Wacken Metal Battle Canada organizer JJ Tartaglia said in a statement, "We are very proud to present Vesperia's brand of epic melodic metal to the mighty Wacken festival. This makes it two wins for frontman Morgan Rider who played bass for Crimson Shadows during their 2013 win and has been a very active player in the Canadian metal scene for many years. It's great to see him succeed and carry the torch with Vesperia."

Now that Vesperia have won the Canadian edition of the contest, the group will go on to play at the 11th international Wacken Metal Battle, which will take place at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival from July 30 to August 1.

Vesperia's most recent album is 2013's An Olden Tale, which can be heard below. Also below, see the group's upcoming tour schedule.

Tour dates:

06/08 Montreal, QC - Piranha Bar
06/09 Charlottetown, PE - Hot Shots
06/11 Halifax, NS - Gus' Pub 
06/12 Moncton, NB - Esquire Tavern
06/13 Fredericton, NB - Charlotte Arts Centre
07/04 Niagara Falls, ON - WretchFEST
07/10 Oshawa, ON - Moustache Club
07/12 Winnipeg, MB - The Zoo
07/13 Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis
07/14 Edmonton, AB - DV8
07/18 Spallumcheen, BC - Armstrong Metalfest
07/21 Brandon, ON - North Hill Inn
07/23 Sault Ste Marie, ON - Algonquin Hotel
07/30-08/01 Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
08/14 Windsor, ON - Venue Music Hall