What a time to be alive for any fans of heavy metal music in Bangladesh. The country’s very own, Trainwreck, has represented Bangladesh at Wacken Open Air 2019.
They are part of the 29 bands from around the world competing in the “Metal Battle”. Metal Battle is the music festival contest for international newcomers. And judging from their performance, it’s safe to say that they have definitively left their mark on the crowd and back here at home.
The long journey
Trainwreck’s journey all the way to the German music festival was not an easy one. They had to overcome several hurdles on their road to Wacken. They were part of a number of bands to send in their demo which saw them take part and win the first Wacken Metal Battle Bangladesh chapter, up against four other supremely talented local bands.
That paved the way for their slot in the “Bangalore Open Air 2019”. With bands from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, the victor would receive the opportunity to perform in Wacken Open Air. After coming out on top, the band got its ticket to Wacken. They started a crowdfunding campaign to fund their trip to Germany. Some of the country’s most popular musical acts such as Shunno, Arbovirus, Mechanix, Powersurge, Owned, Conclusion and our very Tahsan Khan got in on the action, to raise support for the band.
Live At Wacken
Anyone who’s been to their local gigs knows what sort of intensity Trainwreck brings to any show with their brand of groove metal. And to see that same energy on Wacken’s history stage with the flag of Bangladesh strapped to A K Rahul’s a guitar was quite unreal.
The stage or the crowd of wacken did not seem to faze them and they delivered a killer set. They performed four of their own tracks and finished their set with a bang with their mosh-pit inducing “909”.
Abir Ahmed Shuvo, A K Rahul, Ekram Wasi, Habibullah Farhan, and Asif Mahmood, take a bow, you guys have truly outdone yourself.
Trainwreck is in contention with 29 other bands from all over the globe as the newest international newcomers and five thousand Euros which will be announced at the end of the festival.
This can only be a blessing for our local music community and industry from all genres here in Bangladesh. Hopefully, it’ll also get us to invest in our music scene which was clearly long overdue. And as for Trainwreck, the sky’s the limit to them right now.