The above is a video of a live performance by a Canadian metal band called Vesperia, performing their song “The Western Tempests,” from their just-released (July 2015) EP The Iron Tempests, at a club in Montreal, Canada in June. Not only is this a great song in its own right, but it’s timely to present this today. As I write this the 26th Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival is going on in Wacken, Germany. Today, July 31, 2015, Vesperia was chosen as the winner of the World Metal Battle which is held at Wacken every year. This is a great honor for the band and for Canada, which has now racked up its second win in the World Metal Battle in a few years’ time!

Vesperia are from Toronto, my favorite city in Canada. I haven’t had a chance to see them yet, as I have not been back to Toronto in several years, but I know a couple of my friends know these guys personally. I don’t often feature up-and-coming bands on this Metal for Friday series, but today I make an exception. Congratulations to Vesperia for winning the World Metal Battle. Have a great weekend, wherever you are, and Shabbat Shalom! \m/