The weekend of March 17 saw 3 days of heavy competition over at Club 13 with dozens of Metal bands competing for the privilege to represent China at this year’s Wacken festival in Germany (see JTDJ’s Post). I believe Yaksa is already pretty much confirmed along with one or two other bands but that will be a post for another day. Let’s look at the finalist that will compete on April 1st: Long Way 远途（Heavy Metal） The Falling 堕天（Deathcore） http://site.douban.com/duotian/ Evilthorn 恶刺（Black-Death Metal） http://weibo.com/evilthorn Never Before（Stoner Metal） http://site.douban.com/neverbeforeband/ Ready To Die（Old School Death Metal） http://site.douban.com/ReadyToDie/ Some interesting names on there! I didn’t expect to see Never Before as they’re young to the scene but they were quite polished when i saw them opening for Bad Mamasan at Temple. It’s an interesting and diverse lineup competing for that spot and I hope the bands can actually capitalize on this chance. Joining the bands on stage that night will be Taipei’s Revilement（Brutal Death Metal）who are visiting the capital as part of their Let the Pillars Fall Asia Tour. For up to date news on the competition and Metal in China, follow Pain Killer Magazine weibo: http://weibo.com/painkillermag New Blog: http://painkillermag.wordpress.com/ Horns up!