Blind Channel are the Finnish winners of this years Wacken Metal Battle. They play at Wacken along with all the other Metal Battle winners from all over the world to compete for the Over All Metal Battle Champion!
Blind Channel is an extremely energetic band of five from Oulu. Last fall, they turned heads in the music industry with their Violent Pop music, where electronic elements meet heavy riffs, groovy singing and catchy choruses. They may have existed for merely nine months, but they have captured the attention of both listeners and the media. This summer Blind Channel will offer you exploding energy and a healthy dose of violent pop.
How would you describe your sound.
Our music combines elements of nu metal, rapcore and electronic pop. It’s an explosive mix that we describe as violent pop and I think our fans and anyone else who has seen us play live would agree to that definition.
How would you describe the metal music scene in your country? What has changed over the last few years.
Finland is known as the country of great metal bands and we are truly honored for this opportunity to represent our country. Growing up, we have all witnessed the thriving of Children Of Bodom and Nightwish. Nowadays, the metal music scene is constantly changing, possibly because of the rising demand for electronic music. That might also be the reason why we are playing at Wacken Open Air. Violent Pop was in the right place at the right time.
Why did you enter the WOA Metal Battle Competition.
We see the metal battle as a massive opportunity and as a springboard: Many young bands find their way to the surface through band competitions like this. At first we were very critical about band competitions but we attended the metal battle with rebellious attitude and an open mind. So far, only good things have resulted from the competition.
What was your initial reaction when you found out that you have won & you were playing at Wacken.
We were speechless and of course overwhelmingly happy since one of our childhood dreams was coming true. After the shock was calmed, we ended up celebrating in the backstage of Suicide Silence.
What was the best and worst part of the competition for you.
The metal battle gig at Nummirock and the aftermath. That must’ve been the best day ever. The worst part was the 20 minutes before that gig. We had more technical difficulties than in all of our previous shows combined. Luckily everything turned out quite good.
Would you recommend the competition to other bands. Any hints/tips for bands that are looking to enter?
We definitely recommend! If a band has a hunger for success and a desire to show what they’ve got, Wacken Metal Battle is an awesome way to meet new people and gain visibility.
What can the audience expect from you at the festival.
We’ve been given 20 minutes and those are gonna be the most energetic 20 minutes of our lives. Quoting the judges of Wacken Metal Battle Finland: “Blind Channel – Instant Party.”
Our greatest achievements beside radio plays, media hype and an active fanbase, are the festival gigs we’ve been playing throughout the summer. This is practically our first summer as a band and it’s amazing that we were included in the festival line-ups so quickly. Of course the chance to play at Wacken Open Air is the biggest thing that’s happened to us so far, but we are always aiming higher.
Have you ever been to Wacken before? If so when and what did you enjoy most about it.
Wacken Open Air 2014 will be our first gig outside Finland, so we’re expecting an unbelievable debut!
What is your opinion of the Wacken line-up?
There are many huge names and awesome bands included and we’re excited to play with such great artists. Bring Me The Horizon is a big deal for us and we’re really looking forward to their show. Who knows we may even have a chance to chat with them.
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