We talked with all of the bands competing at the battle for a slot at Wacken Open Air 2020 in Germany.  This is part 1 of a 6 part series.  Each day we will publish a new article featuring one of the bands.  Up first:  Set In Stone!

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Set In Stone



Set in Stone is a Pacific Northwest hard rock band that was formed in 2008 in St. Helens, Oregon (a suburb of Portland, Oregon) and consists of five band members that have all resided in Columbia County for most of their lives. Their unique heavy-rock sound has been referred to as the likes of Seether, Breaking Benjamin, and Alter Bridge. Set in Stone offers a wide-range of styles and musical diversity, which is the foundation of their unmistakably unique and all-original sound. Their deep guitar crunches, solid riffs, ground-pounding bass, heavy-handed rhythmic drums, and mesmerizing vocals are all reasons Set in Stone has quickly attracted the attention from all over the Pacific Northwest.

Set in Stone released their first self-titled album in April 2009. Their first professional album ‘Open Doors’ debuted in May 2011. The album consists of 11 professionally recorded, mixed and mastered tracks recorded by Black Diamond Studios in Portland. This album can be streamed or downloaded for free on our ReverbNation website: www.reverbnation.com/setinstonerocks.

In 2017, they released their second professionally recorded album “What Remains.” Also recorded, mixed and mastered by Matt Jefferson of Black Diamond Studios. Both albums can be found on most widely-used music platforms.


Set in Stone is:

AJ Hendricks – Vocals

Ryan Hampton – Drums

Niles Harrison – Guitar

Matt Trexler – Guitar

Mike Woods – Bass




MIRP: Tell me what it would mean to you to perform at Wacken 2020?


Set In Stone (entire band): We think it would be an amazing experience! Not only would it take work and sacrifice to get there, but it would be an amazing opportunity to get out there and show people what Set In Stone is all about.


MIRP: What do you think it is about your band that would be the best fit?


Set In Stone (AJ): We have a lot of energy. We get on stage and give everything we’ve got and even though we don’t have a gimmick or something like that, we make an impression on people.


MIRP: Sizing up your competition in a friendly manner…who are you most worried about?


Set In Stone (WB): We would probably say Apophis Theory. Those guys get down


MIRP: Playing this battle of the bands…what will you do differently now that there is a big prize at stake?


Set In Stone (WB): We don’t think we will do anything different. We are going to be running the streets and social media promoting this show just like any other. We just want to play music for people and hope that they can relate.


MIRP: If you are chosen as the band to go to Wacken, how do you feel about performing in front of 75,000 people?


Set In Stone (AJ): Make it 100K!!!! Haha seriously though it would be a dream come true. The most we have played for is 3500. This would be a day I would never forget.


MIRP: Who was the first band that made you want to be a musician?


Set In Stone (AJ): I would say when I went to my first concert, which was Rockfest 2004, I saw Chevelle, Trapt, Korn, and Disturbed. Just watching those guys on stage and seeing how thousands of people connected and interacted with each other just triggered something inside of me. At that moment I was like, “Yeah. That’s what I want to do with my life.”


MIRP: If you could only pick two bands to listen to for the next year, who would you choose?


Set In Stone (WB): We love Breaking Benjamin and Alter Bridge.


MIRP: Tell me what your dream is if you were chosen to play at Wacken 2020?


Set In Stone (WB): To get enough recognition for us to do what we love for a living.


MIRP: In the list of performers below, who have you seen before?


Set In Stone (WB): Amon Amarth, As I Lay Dying, Butcher Babies, Dope, DropKick Murphys, Judas Priest, LA Guns, Lacuna Coil, Slipknot, and Static X.

The Rumble is on!
March 21, 2020 at Dante’s!
Six bands will battle!!
Two will move on to the regional battle in Seattle.
Who are you going to support?!!

(In alphabetical order)

Apophis Theory
Pitch Black Mass
Set In Stone
Unofficial: Somewhere Between

Be sure to check out all of these bands on all the streaming platforms and socials.

Tickets on sale now!!

A Metal Battle of the Bands for a slot at Wacken Open Air 2020 in Germany!

Six Portland, Oregon area bands will face off for the chance to move on to the semi-finals in Seattle and then onto the Finals in Los Angeles. The ultimate winner will be granted a slot on a stage at the largest Metal fest on the Planet!

Panel of Judges:
Steve Unger of Metal Church
J-Mo of Splintered Throne
Karl Whinnery of VINTERSEA and Ligature Marks
Jer Dimes of the online music publication MIRP