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"To confirm then, that's 7.30pm, Tuesday 19th September for The Treatment." I am listening attentively "with Swoggle". I'm alert now and wondering whether I should get my hearing tested as well. Britain needs lerts y'know.

the treatment

And so it begins! Swoggle is 19 years old and bassmonsterchops in the band they call The Treatment.

"Hiya Hunny he says. I know all about you, I've read your stuff". I'm instantly on guard, this isn't normal behaviour for a teenager. I inform him that I'm an expert on teenage psychology, their love of loud music, terrorising the neighbours and generally causing mayhem.

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Swoggle loves this response, especially when I chide him and say; "I bet you live in a semi detached house and rehearse in your living room?"

"We do, we do." He chimes in; "howdya know??".... Lucky guess....

Swoggle warms to the theme; "When we left school we all moved in together regardless. WE decided college wasn't for us." I suspect the college wasn't ready for them!

"There's seven of us in the house and we work on songs most of the time. Our album was written over a period of a year. Guitars, bass and vocals were done at our house. We spent a lot of time getting it perfect."

The Treatment's album is straight forward rock, happy go lucky mixed with AC/DC and a bit of Led Zepeplin. I warn Swoggle that if I get a speeding ticket whilst listening to this album, he will be paying for me to go on another Northants Police Speeding Awareness Course. Not that I don't know how to speed because I do...

The songs give a good vibe; "That's good though," adds Swoggle. "There's enough to be depressed about in the world today!" This is true - just ask Swoggle'S neighbours.

Though in Swoggle's case, not necessarily so. The Treatment have a European Tour with Alice Cooper on the horizon. They've a superb album to go out on the back of released on Spinefarm Records. "It's insane to really believe it all..." Better believe it because it's all true.

We then chat about bass guitars and he offers to teach me for the price of a tin of baked beans! "I eat every four days," he moans. That's the price of fame. I sympathise a little and make a mental note to add Heinz beans to my shopping list.

I ask Swoggle where he sees himself in ten years time? "We want to crack on at what we are doing and build the band's profile up, y' know, move up the ladder. Stay friends and don't sell each other down the river. Stay a unified bunch of dudes."

At this point I warn him about women and the terrors that lurk within them. He laughs and says that their manager has also given them the very same lecture...

Can't argue with that. Despite falling house prices in Swoggle's Street, deaf neighbours and speeding tickets, Cambridge isn't all about bicycles and culture. It's about rock 'n' roll courtesy of The Treatment. Long may it last. See you at my next appointment, beans in hand.

And just as I'm about to say farewell Swoggle exclaims; "Nikki Ssixx has just tweeted about us."

Swoggle was genuinely overwhelmed with that... It's all good. A little bird said so.

8th October 2011



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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