WOA Metal Battle: Kolding & Århus

author PP date 12/04/12

In connection with the Wacken Open Air: Metal Battle contest we've sent out a short email questionnaire to the bands attending. During the next weekend ten bands will battle for two spots to the Copenhagen grand final at Kolding and Århus. Of the bands we sent the email questionnaire to, Rapid Dominance, Diretone, Panacea, Fall of Pantheon and Blood Label responded with their expectations and preparations to this weekend's ordeal. Check out their responses below:

Main photo of Rapid Dominance

Rapid Dominance

RF.net: Thanks for doing this interview. Please introduce yourself to the readers!
We are Rapid Dominance just four guys who love Metal! We play a mix of different styles, everything from technical thrash to groove and even some old school death metal. We’re influenced by bands like Testament, Death, Pantera, Lamb of God and Gojira, to name a few.

We come from different places and have very different backgrounds, the band’s roots stretch from Baghdad to Silkeborg and Aarhus. We are currently based in Silkeborg.

RF.net: What is the main reason you are participating in Wacken Open Air: Metal Battle? To gain more exposure? For the Wacken slot? To see how you measure up against your fellow peers?
I guess it’s a bit of all of those reasons but mostly, we are doing this to ‘’get out there’’, to be heard and make an impact on the metal scene, and of course It would be awesome to get the chance to go to Wacken! I think we would do a great job representing Denmark there.

We want to introduce people to our metal! And we found out that the best way to do that is through playing gigs, this battle is a chance for us to play a show to a crowd of metal heads, with other cool bands and in front of the metal media, a chance which you don’t get very often when you’re an underground band, so no matter what happens with this experience, I believe that we will walk away with something valuable.

RF.net: How have you prepared for the qualification show?
We just went through the same ritual we go though every time we prepare for a show, make a set list and practice it until we hate it! Then we celebrate by slaughtering a small goat! Well, maybe not the goat part.

What was different this time is that we have a short time slot, so it was rather difficult to come up with a 20 minutes set list that gives a comprehensive picture of what we do and portray the different aspects that exist in our music, therefore we decided to make a diverse set list, we will play some fast aggressive and somewhat technical songs which is something we like to do a lot but we will also throw in some slow groovy crowd-pleasing tunes and even something with some melody and harmony.

RF.net: What are your expectations of the qualification show?
Our self expectation is to give a memorable and an energetic performance, to have fun on stage and connect with the crowd. We’re looking forward to share our music and make some new friends, for everyone who will be there we expect you to go berserk! Head bang with us and give us a fair listen, and of course get drunk!

I also expect us to make a buzz around the band and hopefully after the show even more people will check out our music on the internet.

RF.net: How do you see your chances of winning the qualification?
Very good! We’re standing on solid ground. The truth is that, we are the underdog, no question about that, the least known band with least facebook likes who’s going head to head with four other bands with serious booking connections, distribution deals and so on. However, we have a great confidence in our material and I believe that it can strongly stand on its own and offer something unique especially to the Danish metal scene.

We’ve never wanted to model the band after a specific genre or after a certain big band, we intent to create our own sound and walk our own path, by taking inspiration from numerous bands that we look up to and add our own twist to the mix, I think that’s one thing that separates us from the pack.

But at the end of the day it’s the jury’s decision and it all depends on what kind of listeners they are, if they lean towards one sound more than another or not, it’s a matter of taste really. Music of all kinds is purely an expression of emotion which is something arguably immeasurable.

RF.net: What do you think about your competition (the other bands)?
From what I heard, I think they’re all worthy opponents, for that reason I believe that the Aarhus show will be the best one this year due to the fierce competition, we knew two of the other bands already and some of them are our friends but I personally have never seen any of the 4 other bands live so it’s hard for me to make a solid opinion about any of them.

RF.net: What do you have to do to impress the crowd and the jury to win the qualification?
It’s hard to say, because people are different, they are impressed by different things, so in some way, trying to impress anyone is a futile effort, The best thing we can do as a band is to go there and do what we like to do best! Play some songs, have a good stage presence and have fun! hopefully people will get the vibe and that fire will catch on, what I’m saying is that you have to believe in yourself and have a great time before anyone else will believe in you and enjoy your music.

And believe you me, we are prepared to have a blast and give a hell of a show!

Thank you PP and RF.net for keeping the metal faith alive!

And thanks to all the readers,

Adel Haley

Vocals & Guitar

Rapid Dominance

http://www.facebook.com/Rapiddominanceband


Panacea

RF.net: Thanks for doing this interview. Please introduce yourself to the readers!
What up! We're PANACEA, melodic deathmetal straight out of Aarhus, Denmark! 5 awesome dudes that wants to headbang, shred and dance our way to the top of the world!

RF.net: What is the main reason you are participating in Wacken Open Air: Metal Battle? To gain more exposure? For the Wacken slot? To see how you measure up against your fellow peers?
The main reason would have to be to win, of course! But sure, we expect to gain some degree of exposure; but competing against others is always fun.

RF.net: How have you prepared for the qualification show?
Practice, practice, beer and more practice!

RF.net: What are your expectations of the qualification show?
We plan on rocking everybody's cocks off! We'll go in there and play the best damn show ever, and we'd be lying, if we said that we weren't aiming for the next round already!

RF.net: How do you see your chances of winning the qualification?
It's some tough competition, we'll give you that! There'll be a lot of great bands playing alongside us that night, some that have existed a lot longer than us, and have more stage experience; but we feel that our chances are pretty good. We've only been around for a little over a year, and in that time we've prooved ourselves to be able to compete alongside some great bands out there.

RF.net: What do you think about your competition (the other bands)?
They are brutal! Some of them are our friends, and some we'll be meeting for the first time. We expect to be given a tough time, but we'll come in there, guns blazing and conquer that stage!

RF.net: What do you have to do to impress the crowd and the jury to win the qualification?
Play better than the others, we suppose. We plan on baffling the crowd and the jury with our awesome metal and sweet-ass dancemoves!


Diretone

RF.net: Thanks for doing this interview. Please introduce yourself to the readers!
We're Diretone, a groove metal band from Copenhagen. We fuse heavy, southern-style groove a la Down and Pantera with clean Hetfield/Pepper Keenan-like vocals.

We released our home brewed, self-titled debut album late last year.

Check out diretone.dk for more info.

RF.net: What is the main reason you are participating in Wacken Open Air: Metal Battle? To gain more exposure? For the Wacken slot? To see how you measure up against your fellow peers?
Main reason is more exposure, we love playing live and of course the Wacken slot would probably open a few doors. Also, the event was recommended by friends of ours who participated last year.

RF.net: How have you prepared for the qualification show?
Diretone is a tight and experienced live unit and we're always ready to play. This time, though, we've focused on picking the songs we believe will make the biggest immediate impact on the crowd.

RF.net: What are your expectations of the qualification show?
Having a good time and giving it all we’ve got, hopefully with a lively crowd. This is our first gig in Jutland so we're excited to see how the reception will be.

RF.net: How do you see your chances of winning the qualification?
We should have as good a chance as anyone else. Our music is quite accessible and should fit a battle like this well. The other bands are all from Jutland, though, so they're likely to get more local support.

RF.net: What do you think about your competition (the other bands)?
They're all playing a very different, more brutal style than us. You won't find many elements of death metal or death-/metalcore in our music.

RF.net: What do you have to do to impress the crowd and the jury to win the qualification?
As long as we deliver a tight and energetic set, hopefully the music will speak for itself.


Blood Label

RF.net: Thanks for doing this interview. Please introduce yourself to the readers!
Our pleasure! Hi, we are Blood Label- a young five piece from Aarhus playing death and thrash. Check us out at www.facebook.com/bloodlabel!

RF.net: What is the main reason you are participating in Wacken Open Air: Metal Battle? To gain more exposure? For the Wacken slot? To see how you measure up against your fellow peers?
Our main motivation for entering this contest was the media coverage, but to earn the privilege to play at the world's greatest metal festival would be truly amazing!

RF.net: How have you prepared for the qualification show?
We have prepared by first of all writing to brand new tracks for this show, then by putting these together with some of the older songs from our EP 'Existence Expires', and finally just rehearsed this set over and over.

RF.net: What are your expectations of the qualification show?
We expect to play a good show in front of an amazing crowd!

RF.net: How do you see your chances of winning the qualification?
If we play up to our best, we think we have a fair chance of winning.

RF.net: What do you think about your competition (the other bands)?
Of the bands we know of, we believe there are a couple of tough competitors.

RF.net: What do you have to do to impress the crowd and the jury to win the qualification?
We have to present our songs in an intense and highly energetic live show, so that's what we plan to do!


Fall of Pantheon

RF.net: Thanks for doing this interview. Please introduce yourself to the readers!
We are Fall of Pantheon from Copenhagen.

Phillip on vocals - Mike on drums - Dave on bass - Christian on the lead and Jakob on rhythm guitar.

Fall of Pantheon has existed for almost 15 months and have a newly released EP.

Other than that, we’re just a bunch of laid back dudes who fuck around and have fun doing what we love to do. Play death metal.

Feel free to check us out on Facebook.

RF.net: What is the main reason you are participating in Wacken Open Air: Metal Battle? To gain more exposure? For the Wacken slot? To see how you measure up against your fellow peers?
Well first of all for the obvious reasons, experience, exposure and so on. But we see it as an great opportunity and we had our EP finished just in time to participate, so it would be foolish not to enter the competition. In comparison to the other contestants, we are the younger and more unexperienced band. So basically the peers are already measured.

However, it’s yet to be decided if we continue in the show. We’ll see this Friday ;)

RF.net: How have you prepared for the qualification show?
Practice practice and headbanging (and beer). We have been working a lot on our live performance, trying to get more energy into our show. Basically our goal has been to make it more crazy and loud \m/

RF.net: What are your expectations of the qualification show?
To play a fucking awesome concert and give the audience a taste, of our version on true death. We hope to see some headbanging and a pit or two – basically to see people go mental. Then our mission will be complete.

RF.net: How do you see your chances of winning the qualification?
It is very difficult to say but it depends on the jury and the crowd, but we hope to win of course.

RF.net: What do you think about your competition (the other bands)?
It’s a mean line up in Kolding and there are some bands with album releases and a lot more live experience than us, since we are a relatively young band. So on paper we might be the underdog, but we will give the audience hell in Kolding and hope to impress both them and the jury.

RF.net: What do you have to do to impress the crowd and the jury to win the qualification?
We may not have as many songs in out book as the other bands, but we believe that what we have is valid material. We work a lot with changing the feel from death to groove or headbanging in the songs. And all mixed together we give you balls out and fast music with a lot of difference in tempo and feel.

And apart from the music, we want to go all out on stage. 110 % is guaranteed.

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