Only mere hours after the doors close for another year, Wacken Open Air have announced their first batch of bands for next years edition of the festival all whilst releasing th festivals new artwork and look for what will surely be another massive year for one of the biggest and baddest festivals in the world of metal and rock.
One of the highlights of next year's Wacken Open Air will definitely be... the mighty JUDAS PRIEST! True legends celebrating "50 Heavy Metal Years" at the Holy Ground – a match made in headbanging heaven! JUDAS PRIEST have shaped heavy metal as we know it and we are incredibly honoured to welcome them to the festival for the fourth time.
Vikings and Metal go well together as we all know. There is no band out there that brings the fire, the screaming, and the general kickass awesomeness of both worlds better together than AMON AMARTH. These Swedes keep getting stronger and have been part of the Wacken journey since 1999! Next year, they will bring out the „Beserker“ in all of us for an impressive ninth time at the Wacken Open Air.
MERCYFUL FATE rank among the true classics in metal history, setting the bar pretty high in terms of riffing madness and delightfully evil vibes. Is there anyone that sounds even close to King Diamond’s truly and utterly unique voice? We don’t think so. The band will grace next year’s festival with one of their rare appearances.
The world of melodic death metal would sound very, very different without AT THE GATES. These guys from Gothenburg, Sweden more or less invented the genre, especially with their seminal album „Slaughter of the Soul“ from 1995 – which they will bring to Wacken in its entirety!
Other bands also announced include; Venom, Hypocrisy, Sodom, Death Angel, Sick of It All, Beast in Black, Nervosa, Cemican
Photo Credit: ICS / Patrick Schneiderwind