Facing the Gallows win the Wacken Metal Battle South Africa Competition

Facing the Gallows won the Wacken Metal Battle South Africa leg of the international competition on Saturday 27 April. The guys were up against some amazing bands. Anyone of them could have won and represented South Africa with pride.

Facing the Gallows will be heading off to Germany later this year to compete in the finals at the prestigious Wacken Open Air Festival.

Facing The Gallows

Facing the Gallows commented on the win

“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…. 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!” 

Wacken Metal Battle South Africa promoter Sashquita Northey commented

“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!”

More info about Facing the Gallows

The band was formed by vocalist Bryan Binneman, bassist Rayner Abraham and guitarist Chase Beynon in 2007. They added guitarist Ricki Allemann and Nemanja Stabic on drums, beginning the bands journey that is currently in its 12th year.

Facing the Gallows released their debut EP What if they run in 2009. Since then they’ve released 3 studio albums: This Is Hate
City (in 2012), Chapters (in 2013) and Dead Mindset (in 2018).

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