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Next-level heavy metal’s Megalodon off to Wacken

Heavy metal band Megalodon has come a long way since it was spawned in 2010 by the creative minds of two long-term friends and locals, Ruan Jordaan and Nuri Grobbelaar.

The band’s efforts have seen them – at their ultimate high – win the Wacken Metal Battle South Africa 2017 final on Saturday 6 May, securing them a spot at the international Wacken Open Air 2017 – the biggest metal festival in the world.

Jordaan and Grobbelaar’s dream really has come a long way since they first discussed the project and eventually gave life to the stirrings of a band seven years ago. Then, with Thomas Theron and Alex Toua, the band became an entity within a very brief period of time. Finally, with the addition of Louis Henn on guitar in November 2010, the line-up was complete.

In 2011 Megalodon tightened the grip on their genre, which saw the departure of drummer, Alex Toua. Louis turned to long-term friend and previous band member and drummer, Dane Vincent Canterbury, to audition for the band.

In March 2013 Megalodon smashed through social media and local metal blogs with the release of their debut album Darkness in Sonance.

Backing the release was Burning Tone Records, a local non-profit organisation unifying quality local metal releases under one brand.

Shortly thereafter, the band was chosen by MK Ondergrond (a local music video channel) to participate in the first ever Wacken Metal Battle South Africa.

This event sees one winning band representing South Africa at the biggest annual metal festival in the world, the Wacken Open Air, in Germany.

Megalodon crushed their way to the finals and performed to an eager fan base in Pretoria for the first time on remote soil. Sadly, they dropped out at the finals.

Unfortunately, 2016 saw the emotional departure of founding member and guitarist, Ruan Jordaan, as he had to commit 100% of his time to his studies. Although this was a major setback and demotivator for the band, the duties were picked up by Andrew Lambert and the group continued almost unhindered and with new force.

With unified attire, an automated digital backline and relentless determination, Megalodon closed 2016 with the announcement that the material for their new album was complete. The band then re-entered the Wacken Metal Battle. They won the first heat at Aandklas in Stellenbosch, to secure their spot in the final at Rumours Rock City in Johannesburg.

Thereafter, they played We Came to Build 2017, a new initiative by local organisation Build Your Scene. They then won the Wacken Metal Battle final, securing their spot at the Wacken Open Air 2017.

The band’s second full-length album, titled Illusion of Origin, will be released on 7 July.

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