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Greetings from Canberra, the throbbing heart and soul of Australia – whatever the doomsayers tells ya...

Okay, an exaggeration, but it's the last one you'll find in this column. Over the next few weeks, months, shit, even years if Mr Goldby can put up with me, the aim of Terror Australis will be to get you nice an' familiar with some of Australia's best 'undiscovered treats'. Thankfully it's not all Airbourne, and we'll be bringing you the best that the Australian rock and Metal scenes have to offer right here in our little niche at

Soundwave/Sidewave 2014 Special

Sydney Olympic Park 23/02/14
Heaven's Basement - Soundwave Is A Non-Stop Party!
Amon Amarth: Two Vikings For The Price Of One
Down's Jimmy Bower Down Under
Alter Bridge/Living Colour, Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Testament, Metreya, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Asking Alexandria, The Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney
Mastodon, Baroness, Gojira, The Roundhouse, Sydney
Richie Sambora

Terror Australis

14 August 2014: Interview With The Kraken
13 August 2014: Interview With Malakyte
13 March 2014: Buried In Verona: 'Faceless'
9 March 2014: Ogre: 'The Last Neanderthal'
1 March 2014: Aeon Of Horus: 'Existence'
11 September 2013: Interview With As Angels Bleed Vocalist Avelina de Moray
21 June 2013: Interview With Ross 'The Boss' Friedman
19 June 2013: Witchgrinder: The Demon Calling
1 May 2013: Interview With This Is Hell
15 April 2013: Interview With Shai Hulud
2 April 2013: Jon Dette: Pulling A Double Shift
18 March 2013: Terror Australis: Lord - Digital Lies
1 January 2013: Best Of 2012
10 September 2012: Terror Australis: Psychonaut
30 January 2012: Terror Australis: Truth Corroded
2 November 2011: Terror Australis: Melody Black
8 September 2011: Terror Australis: Mortal Sin
29 June 2011: Terror Australis: Deprivation
11 May 2011: Terror Australis: The Amenta
31 March 2011: Terror Australis: Hell City Glamours
2 March 2011: Terror Australis: Aeon Of Horus

Reviews by Scott...

Divine Ascension: 'Liberator'
Ne Obliviscaris: 'Citadel'
Amaranthe: 'Massive Addictive'
Exodus: 'Blood In Blood Out'
Accept: 'Blind Rage'
Darker Half: 'Never Surrender'
Sunwolf: 'SW III: Beholden To Nothing And No One'
Anathema: 'Distant Satellites'
Vallenfyre: 'Splinters'
18 April 2014: Triptykon: 'Melana Chasmata'
27 March 2014: Various Artists: 'Dio: This is Your Life'
12 August 2013: As Angels Bleed: 'As Angels Bleed'
19 June 2013: Witchgrinder: The Demon Calling
1 January 2013: New Blood: 'Subsistence'
2 September 2012: Kobra And The Lotus: 'Kobra And The Lotus'
13 August 2012: Titans Eve: 'Life Apocalypse'
7 August 2012: The Levitation Hex: 'The Levitation Hex'
3 July 2012: Karybdis: 'From The Depths'
11 June 2012: The Darkness: ANU, Canberra, Australia
3 May 2012: Anathema: 'Weather Systems'
18 April 2012: M-Pire Of Evil: 'Hell To The Holy'
12 April 2012: Overkill: 'The Electric Age'
9 January 2012: Orange Goblin: 'Eulogy For The Damned'
4 January 2012: Primal Fear: 'Unbreakable'
1 January 2012: Scott Adams' Top Thirty Albums Of 2011
21 December 2011: Best Of 2011
13 December 2011: Nightwish: 'Imaginaerum'
21 November 2011: Voodoo Six: 'Falling Knives'
7 November 2011: Def Leppard/Heart: Canberra, AIS Arena
4 November 2011: Melody Black: 'Love Your Demons'
2 November 2011: Taberah: 'The Light Of Which I Dream'
1 November 2011: Cadaverous Condition: 'Burn Brightly Alone'
2 October 2011: House Of Lords: 'Big Money'
29 September 2011: Amebix: 'Sonic Mass'
21 September 2011: Wolfpakk: 'Wolfpakk'
21 September 2011: Seven: 'Freedom Call'
20 September 2011: Diamond Plate: 'Generation Why'
29 August 2011: Toby Hitchcock: Mercury's Down
16 August 2011: Edguy: Age Of The Joker
6 July 2011: I Exist: II: The Broken Passage
4 July 2011: Night Ranger: Somewhere In California
28 June 2011: The Gloria Story: Shades of White
1 June 2011: Journey: Eclipse
24 May 2011: Twisted Tower Dire: Make It Dark
9 May 2011: Black 'n' Blue: Hell Yeah
11 April 2011: Symfonia: In Paradisum
29 March 2011: Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising
24 March 2011: Havok - Time Is Up
14 March 2011: Whitesnake - Forevermore
2 February 2011: Benedictum - Dominion
17 January 2011: Bullet - Highway Pirates

Watty wanted to know whether I'd be interested in trying out as vocalist for a band he'd joined, tentatively to be known as Sapphire. They rehearsed every Saturday afternoon, and if I was interested somebody would pick me up tomorrow and we'd see how things went.

I walked home on air. Not only was I virtually in a proper band, they'd come to me! No pouring through the small ads in Sounds or Melody Maker for Scotty, or no. The mountain had come to Mohammed, if you'll pardon the religious allusion.



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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