Johannesburg, South Africa: Rumours Rock City shook to the sounds of nine top South African regional acts hashing it out this Saturday passed. Leading melodic metal/metalcore band Facing The Gallows has been crowned South Africa’s representative for 2019; ensuring the band a slot at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany later this year. They will compete among approximately thirty bands from around the world at the 2019 Wacken Metal Battle international finals.
“It’s hard to put into words how we’re feeling to be honest. Overwhelmed, excited, nervous, proud, in disbelief but honoured that we’ve given this opportunity to represent SA at this year’s Wacken Open Air Festival. It’s the dream, it’s what we’ve sacrificed and worked so hard towards for so many years. It’s finally happening, we’re going to Europe! Mental….” ~ James Irving (guitar, Facing The Gallows)
Previous South African representatives to play in Germany include Infanteria, Red Helen, Zombies Ate My Girlfriend and Megalodon. Cape Town’s Zombies Ate My Girlfriend won the international title in 2016. Incidentally, 2019 is not the first time Facing The Gallows participated in the Wacken Metal Battle. Facing The Gallows and two other previous finalists were also returning bands to the competition after having initially participated in 2013.
Facing The Gallows
With a lifespan of twelve years, Facing The Gallows is responsible for numerous EP and video releases, as well as a recent full length album, Dead Mindset (2018). The band has played just about every major South African festival across the country which caters to heavier genres of music and enjoys a strong local fanbase. However, Wacken Open Air will be the first time Facing The Gallows ventures abroad.
“We’re extremely honored to have such a powerful South African band make it to the final this year. We know that they will sieze each and every opportunity made available to them at Wacken Open Air. Good luck guys. You deserve this experience!” ~ Sashquita Northey (promoter, Wacken Metal Battle: South African/Emalyth)
Facing The Gallows thanks… everybody!
Of course, Facing The Gallows also expresses words of gratitude to all who are involved:
“Thank you to Sash, her team and the judges; without your dedication and love for this scene we wouldn’t have anything. It means everything to this band. We would also like to give a massive thank you to everyone who supported the battle heats and the final. Lastly a massive shout out to all the bands who played at the SA final. The love we have for every member who stepped on that stage is immense. Everyone was incredible and we hope we can make you all proud over there. We won’t let any of you down; especially after the performances you did. We hope from all of this, we can create that bridge and template that helps every band in this country get the same chance that we now have. It’s time to knock over the SA fish bowl, kick in Europe’s door and let them know what’s up! South Africa is back!” ~ James Irving