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BEST OF 2014

steve goldby

steve goldby

Best New Band

They're not totally new as they were formed in 2009 but they're new to MetalTalk as they hadn't been brought to our attention until late this year. Skálmöld are a Viking/folk Metal band from Reykjavík, Iceland and their fourth album was given the full five pints by my colleague Roger Berzerk Fauske. You can read his review by clicking here. As he gave it full marks, I had to have a careful listen and they've consequently ended up with this award. I look forward to more from them in 2015.

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Best Band

Motörhead all the way. There were some people on the pitch at Wembley who thought it was all over, but it just isn't. Is Lemmy really immortal? Well he certainly is up to now! Despite having a defibrillator (I hope that's the title of the next album) fitted in his chest, constant reports of his ailing health and public pleas from his band mates and management to curb the lifestyle, Motörhead came up with a superb new album, 'Aftershock', and played a blinder of a tour. "Legend" is a word that is bandied around too cheaply these days but nothing else is appropriate here. You can read my review of that fabulous night at Wembley by clicking here

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Best Album

I said in my Absolva joint album/gig review back in early May that "I'll be surprised if I hear a better album than 'Anthems To The Dead' in 2014" and indeed, that has turned out to be the case. Absolva have won my 2014 Best Album award by a country mile for their second studio offering. There were several seriously great quality albums this year but nothing really came close to this one. You can read my review in full by clicking here.

Best Single

Behemoth nearly died when Nergal was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 but after a long recovery, they are back with a vengeance and the opening track from this year's 'The Satanist' album, 'Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel', is my single of the year. The video edged them into first place as it's scary as Hell. Do not watch if you are of a nervous disposition or of certain religious persuasions.

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Best Gig

This is a tough category and I've spent more than a week mulling over this one. Motörhead at Wembley Arena, Pythia's mighty performance supporting Leaves' Eyes, Eluveitie, Behemoth and Doro were all serious contenders but in the end, Trans Siberian Orchestra just couldn't be topped. What a year it was for gigs. You can read my reviews by clicking here and read my gig of the year, TSO, review by clicking here. I touch on the future of rock and Metal in this review. I'd wanted to write about that subject for some time and TSO gave me the perfect opportunity.

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Things To Look Forward To In 2015

2015 is already looking like a monster year for Metal with the Savatage reunion at Wacken topping the bill for me, new albums from Absolva, Blind Guardian and Manowar on the way, Trivium headlining Bloodstock, the unbelievable line-up at Hellfest, Krushfest, which is a dream borne out of several late night bottles of bourbon in Bermondsey in the early part of this decade and a certain singer who I cannot mention just yet taking leave from his day job to play some solo gigs. And all that's just the tip of one mighty Metal iceberg. It's going to be some year!


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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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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