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What a summer it will be! Painkiller Heavy Music Magazine is proud to announce that with the combined effort of the Midi Festival, our own Yu Yang and the Chinese metal scene, we can bring Chinese metal to Wacken Open Air 2012 for the second time!

As part of the huge culture exchange project “Chinese Culture Year” in Germany, Beijing Midi School of Music and Midi Festival act on behalf and with support of Chinese Ministry of Culture, and send YaksaSuffocated and The Falling – the best three Chinese metal bands to this year’s Wacken Open Air Festival, the biggest metal festival on earth.

This Summer, August 2nd – 4th, the three Chinese bands will celebrate the biggest metal party together with over 100 famous bands such as Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Gamma Ray, In Flames, Machine Head, Ministry, Opeth, Overkill, The Scorpions, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Testament, U.D.O. etc. The Painkiller staff will go and support the Chinese bands both as crew and tour management, with Yang Yu (Officer for Foreign Affairs both at Midi and Painkiller) will be present in the international Jury of Metal Battle as Chinese Judge.

Chinese metal on Wacken

So far as officially informed by the festival, show times of the Chinese bands are:

  • The Falling on W:E:T Stage 02-08-2012 16:40
  • Yaksa on Headbangers Stage 03.08.2012 11:30
  • Suffocated on Party Stage 04.08.2012 11:00

According to W.O.A., this year they will combine W:E:T and Headbangers into the world’s biggest stage tent. And the Party Stage still remains as part of the three main stages on site. For now the names of the Chinese bands are not updated to the official stage schedules yet, running orders and showtimes may still be re-arranged. But according to the current schedule, Yaksa will be sharing the stage with Hard Core hero HENRY ROLLINS and the infamous THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER! Suffocated on the other hand will be opening for cult bands such as SUICIDE SILENCE, PARADISE LOST, SICK OF IT ALL etc. So congratulations to Chinese metal, these are oppurtinities hard to get even for European bands! And also, we wish The Falling all the best who will represent China on their competitions on the International Final Battle of “W.O.A. Metal Battle 2012″ and hope that they will gain their best achievement.

This is not the first time that Midi contributs to international festivals, last year Chinese bands to participate on the China Stage of the famouse Japanese rock festival Summer Sonic, on recommendation by Midi. Now for this Germany trip of the said Chinese metal bands, Midi Chief Mr. Zhang Fan said: “It is an honor to be entrusted to this project by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. Music education and international music culture exchange have always been the main focuses of Midi School of Music. We have the Midi Festival to introduce good oversea bands to the Chines audience, and the same time we also hope to help more Chinese bands to go aboard and showcase good music of Chinese rock bands to the world.”

Participating Chinese Artists

Official Pages

In The News

As Beijingdaze has correctly pointed out the Wacken Metal Battle 2012 is in its final rounds and above you can see the finalists for this years’ battle.

The bands are:

The Wacken Open Air is not only Germany’s largest metal festival but also the largest metal festival globally. With 128 days to go, the festival is already sold out and features this year: Cradle of Filth, In Flames, Leningrad Cowboys, Machine Head, Opeth and Testament. The Metal Battle is part of the many activities held in conjunction with the festival and the winners of each country’s metal battle get a slot at one of the smaller festival stages and compete against each other to win the Metal Battle for each year.

May the best band win! Hail metal \m/

Painkiller and Icon Promotions present brutal death metal band Revilement from Taibei, Taiwan. The band will tour China in April this year. Here is what the band said about themselves on their Reverbnation page:

Revilement was founded in September of 2006 and started out as an old school death metal band. Over time, membership changes brought a change in musical style, and the band evolved a more brutal and technical style in the vein of bands such as Dying Fetus, Skinless, Suffocation and Devourment. In August of 2009, the band released its debut E.P., Human Vivisection, and played its first gig outside of Taiwan at Hong Kong’s Tomahawk Metal Fest. Since then, Revilement has toured Japan, South Korea, and will soon head to Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines to spread the sickness even further throughout Asia. Revilement is currently completing it’s debut full length album, Pillars of Balance, which will be released on Coyote Records.

Check out Revilement’s song “Perverse Malevolence”:

Support bands are not yet announced but will be added soon. For those unfamiliar with the China scene, the selected venues 13 Club and VOX Bar have quite a history, with 13 Club being the metal haven of Beijing and its owner Liu Lixin being band member of ORDNANCE and founder of metal label DIME RECORDS. VOX Bar in contrast is the number one stop for all kind of bands in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, and was home for most of the punk scene during the 2000s. Being open for over 10 years is a record by itself and being able to play in VOX is an honour.

Further details:


Date: April 1st 2012

Venue: 13 Club

Tickets: 60 RMB


Date: April 2nd 2012

Venue: VOX Bar

Tickets: 50 RMB


Date: April 3rd 2012

Venue: MUSICIAN LIVEHOUSE 南华中路180号兰亭御园首层,海幢寺北门旁

Tickets: 预售50元,现场70元(票价包含赠送啤酒或饮料一支)