The Jakarta Post
Bandung-based metal band Taring wins the Wacken Metal Battle Indonesia 2019 at Dome Balerame Sabilulungan, Soreang, Bandung, on June 22. (Kompas.com/Andika Aditia)
Bandung, West Java, metal band Taring will represent Indonesia at the world's biggest heavy metal music festival Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) in Germany, to be held from July 29 to Aug. 4.
Big names such as Slayer, Anthrax, Opeth, Prong and Meshuggah are expected to appear at the festival.
Tarung will advance to Germany after winning Wacken Metal Battle Indonesia (WMBI) 2019, defeating 10 other finalists in the event held at Balerame Sabilulungan Dome, Soreang, Bandung, on June 22. The competition saw 206 bands participating from 70 towns and cities.
Wacken Metal Battle Indonesia (WMBI) is a competition among Indonesian metal bands initiated by DCDC Dreamworld program in collaboration with ATAP Promotions and online media The Metal Rebel.
According to Kompas.com, Taring is scheduled to appear on stage at W:O:A Metal Battle on July 31.
One of the judges of the WMBI, Arian from metal band Seringai, said that Taring deserved to be crowned champion in the competition.
"There are certain rules in W:O:A. Along with playing well on stage, the band has to be able to manage its 20-minute performance," he said. “The judges agreed that Taring gave the whole package, they played solid metal and their time management was precise.”
Along with Arian, this year’s jury was composed of Man from the band Jasad and Luuk Van Gestel of Doomstar Bookings of the Netherlands.
Gebeg, the drummer of Taring, expressed his happiness after winning the competition.
"Playing at Wacken is a great opportunity as well as a big challenge for us," he said. "Taring will not stop here. This will only be our trigger to come up with better music."
Last year, Indonesian bands Jasad and Down For Life performed at the festival, following Burgerkill in 2015 and Beside in 2017. (nic/wng)