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More bands added to Wacken lineup!

Dezperadoz
The Western Metal act Dezperadoz has already played threet imes at W:O:A and now they will return once again! The band was founded by Alex Kraft (Onkel Tom) and Tom Angelripper (Onkel Tom, Sodom) originally and combines Heavy Metal with Thrash elements and the usual Wild West soundtrack.

Alien Weaponry
These three folks are hailing from New Zealand and they will play at Wacken for the very first time! Their music combines Thrash Metal with traditional Māori music. Even some songs are sung in the Māori language. We’re looking forward to have them!

Clowns
The Hardcore / Punk Rock outfit Clowns from Australia will make its Wacken debut too! Mangy and gawking, but not dull, is the maxim of the young band. This year they have released their new album “Lucid Again” which they are now promoting with several concerts all over the world. 

Lee Aaron
American Queen of Heavy Metal, Lee Aaron, is going to join Wacken for the very first time! The Canadian was particularly active in the 80s and 90s. In this time, the singer had several albums in the charts world-wide. Nowadays she isn’t as active as back in the days, but she continues to produce good albums and still delivers hot shows! 

Grave Pleasures
Finnish dark rocker Grave Pleasures (former Beastmilk) are coming to Wacken too! The band rearranged itself between the 1st and 2nd album and changed the name as well. The unusual combination of retro elements, catchiness and fresh ideas had remained and the latest outputs have been at least as good as the first one. 

Dool
The progressive Doom Metal act Dool from the Netherlands ist ready for its Wacken debut too. The band was found in 2015 and has already created some attention within the scene. Already the first album got a high position in the German album charts and they toured successful with acts like Me and That Man. 

Dust Bolt
The thrashers from Dust Bolt will visit the W:O:A for the second time! The band was found in Landsberg am Lech in Bavaria in 2006 and produces again and again fine Thrash records. Most recently, they have released their third studio album Mass Confusion last year.

Die Happy
Die Happy will join us for the first time in 2018! The alternative rock / metal band was founded at the beginning of the 90s and was very successful especially in the early 2000s. The last studio album was released in 2014, but the band is still playing awesome concerts. 

Erik Cohen
Erik Cohen has played W:O:A twice with his hardcore punk band Smoke Blow, and now he’s coming with his solo program for the first time. Heavy, melancholic rock with German lyrics is his trademark and we are looking forward to his solo debut!

Eskimo Callboy
Watch out, the Callboys are back! The metalcore wrecking ball from Castrop-Rauxel in Germany is constantly growing with each album and each tour and has reached slots at the biggest stages in no time. This year they have released a new album, called The Scene, and it’s their third album in a row that was able to entry the German Top 10 charts. The success story continues!

Sons of Apollo
Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Jeff Scott Soto – Sons of Apollo is certainly one of the metal supergroups which consists only of outstanding musicians. The DNA of bands like Dream Theater, Guns N ‘Roses, Mr. Big, Yngwie Malmsteen, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Adrenaline Mob and many other outstanding acts comes together to celebrate finest Progressive Metal.

Gruesome
The American Death Metallers of Gruesome have started to destroy everything back in 2014. The band sees itself in the tradition of the first American wave of Death Metal bands, especially the early work of Death is in focus. At the same time, the band is not just a simple tribute act, the great debut album from the year 2015 proves this impressively.

Traitor
Teutonic Thrash Metal is the label that Traitor claims for themeselves. And they definitely fulfil it! The original band was founded in 2004 in Balingen, renamed itself several times and has been on the road as Traitor since 2009. They have already released two albums and a lot of additional material. Welcome to Wacken!

Nazareth
The Scottish hard rock pioneers from Nazareth areactive since 1968 and will be at Wacken for the first time in 2018! The band belongs to the first wave or phase of Hard Rock history. Together with bands like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin or Uriah Heep, they developed and shaped the genre, which was the precursor to today’s Heavy Metal. At the same time, Nazareth is anything but a nostalgic act: The musicians continue to bring out new albums, which bring notable success!

Toxic Holocaust
US Thrashers of Toxic Holocaust will visit Wacken for the first time too! The Thrash Metal institution from Oregon has been active since 1999, blending Thrash with Speed ​​and Black Metal elements. The mixture says it all, their music is an extreme hit in the face and we look forward to their debut show at W:O:A!

Backyard Babies
Heavy, dirty rock somewhere between Hard Rock and Punk Rock – the Backyard Babies from Sweden do not make any prisoners! The band was founded in 1987 as Tyrant, since 89 they are called Backyard Babies. Get ready for their first W:O:A show!

Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space
Horrorpunk and Psychobilly made in Vienna – the bloodsuckers were founded in 2002. The band is dedicated to classic horror B-movie themes and they really love this special playground. The musicians are still in their original line-up and release a new album almost every year. 

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