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HOSTILE: The Garage, London

steve goldby


Brummie bruisers Hostile hit town on what should have been a busy Friday night for them but unfortunately the band were let down by promoters and agents meaning that their latest London appearance was blighted by a poor attendance.

So a massive hats off to them for pulling off the performance the way they did; as soon as they hit the Garage stage, it was as though they were headlining Download in terms of energy and enthusiasm and they never let up once.

Hostile tore through eight of the ten tracks on debut album 'Eve Of Destruction' (click here for our review of that album from December 2011) and pulled off excellent covers of 'Paranoid' and 'Breaking The Law' in homage to their fellow Black Countrymen Sabbath and Priest, two giants whose success Hostile are aiming to duplicate.

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And on the strength of tonight, there is no reason why they shouldn't go on and do just that.

They have enough variety in the tunes from their debut album to fill a set with total quality and this arsenal will be further swelled with the imminent release of the forthcoming second album.

Hostile have the right mix of aggression and feeling and plenty of variety in their repertoire and frontman Jay Mills led his band through a brutal set of cranium crashing tunes such as the monstrous 'Fuelled By Hate' and 'Dig Up The Power'.

'Addiction' is a darker, slower song in line with Alice In Chains and 'I Don't Give A Fuck' is a rabble rouser where Hostile show angry and hungry promise. Fucking Hostile indeed.

Hostile are getting there. They've notched up support slots with SoulFly, Morbid Angel and Lordi, played Download Festival and next up is a UK tour to support the new album. Their connection and involvement with one of our genre's legends, KK Downing, has been well documented.

Impressed by their local show, KK not only agreed to produce their debut album, 'Eve of Destruction', but also to write a song for it, the aformentioned 'Addiction'. This is something these boys can really brag about, as it's the first time he's written outside of Judas Priest.

We got some really good ad-lib soloing at the end of the set and this showed off the sharp skills of the individual members' and left the listener in no doubt that this band have got all it takes to be a big success in today's Metal world.

Stand Your Ground
I Don't Give A Fuck
Breaking The Law
Blood For Blood
Fuelled By Hate
Brutal Images
Dig Up The Power

February 2014: Susperia UK Tour
13th Blyth And Tyne: Blyth
14th King Tuts: GLasgow
15th Bannermans: Edinburgh
16th Bogiez: Cardiff
17th Yardbirds: Grimsby
18th Rock Zombie: Dudley
19th Bierkeller: Bristol
20th The Waterfront: Norwich
21st Borderline: London


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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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