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  SCOTT ADAMS: TERROR AUSTRALIS
MELODY BLACK

2nd November 2011

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Every now and then, one of the functions of running a popular heavy Metal-based website is opening jiffy bags bulging with free stuff. Of course, the old adage about free lunches is quite true, and these bags o'awesome aren't actually just sent by beneficent record companies for no reason at all.

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Inside these jiffy bags are CDs, and we're meant to review the buggers in return for being given something to take down to the local record n'tape exchange once a month to cash in for beer tokens - there's a contract at work here - and, as my old physics master Harry Boardman used to say with brain-numbing regularity, "you've got to sing for your supper, Adams".

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So occasionally I do actually slip one of these glistening, iridescent discs into the tray and press 'play'. And even more occasionally, the resultant din makes me sit up and shout something along the lines of "Christ on a bike, this is rather good!"

Just such a scenario unfolded before my living ears just a couple of weeks ago, the album in question being Melody Black's rather spiffing 'Love Your Demons' effort (which you'll be able to see dissected at length elsewhere on Metal Talk in the next coupla days). I was on the emailing machine with immediate effect setting up an interview, so that word could be spread about this marvellously exhilarating album. This leads to today, and after one postponed chinwag - the demands of real life getting in the way again - me and MB bassman Leeno Dee are finally getting the chance to have a chat about, well, stuff.

The first thing I wanted to chat about was, suitably, the songs on 'LYD' - they really don't sound like anything currently doing the rounds. Was that something you set out to do when you sat down as a band, I asked, or was it nothing so coldly calculated?:

"Basically, Melody Black started as a project - I don't really like that word, we are a band - but it was a home for some songs I'd written that really weren't suitable for my other band.

(Dee, formerly of Jerk, also finds a home in Ink).

"There was no way I'd take these songs to them, and so it comes to that point where you want to do something with them!"

Melody Black is that outlet. The style of music is a hooky, guitar heavy brand of big rock that wouldn't have sounded out of place on the radio during rock's resurgence in the mid nineties and, for whatever reason, fell out of favour with the world's tastemakers shortly after that. It's an exciting mix of muscle and finesse - how did it come about?:

"I would say that it comes from growing up. I think the sound kind of bypasses a lot of stuff, and goes right back to some of the glam rock of the seventies; I was a young boy then, growing up, and I was a big fan of bands like The Sweet and T-Rex. Short songs, big choruses.

"Although people might not make the connection directly, there's a lot about those bands that was very punky in feel and attitude, and I really like that."

We go off topic for a while here, shooting the breeze on a glam tip and swapping some stories from back in the day. Now that Leeno mentions the connection with the seventies, large portions of '...Demons' start to make even more sense. There's an almost Lydonesque punk attack to much of vocalist Jonathan Devoy's work on the album, isn't there?:

"I was so pleased when he said he wanted to be a part of this, he's a big fan of a lot of bands from that part of the world, and I think his vocals fit the material perfectly."

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They surely do. But I want to digress again. Growing up as a glam rock fan, did he find it a rather isolating experience at the time? It's much easier in these social networking days to find like-minded souls isn't it?:

"I guess you always find ways of finding people don't you? People tend to attract like minds, I think. You know, I could say 'hi' to a bloke, and he's wearing a flannel shirt and says 'I love Pearl Jam', and, well, you think 'I don't have much in common with you mate!'.

"But then you see someone else in a Misfits shirt, you get talking, you maybe make a series of connections through bands you like - Misfits leads to Iggy Pop, Iggy Pop leads to David Bowie, David Bowie leads to T-Rex! I think that's especially true when talking to musicians."

And talking of musicians, its fair to say that there's a mighty amount of experience within Melody Black's ranks, muso-wise. Would you say now is a good time to be in an independent band, with so much nous onboard?:

"Definitely, the power is all within our hands! Everyone in the band at one point or another has been in bands on major labels and, whilst I personally don't really have anything bad to say about majors, you do feel with them that you always have to listen to what they say - they are paying for you to do it, to be in a band. It's great in this band to be indie."

There's no need for shifty svengali-like characters to call the shots these days is there?:

"Absolutely not!"

So, the album's out. Some good, old-fashioned hard roadwork now in support?:

"Yes, but we've only really concentrated on New South Wales so far. We are supporting the Misfits and then in the new year, we'd like to get interstate and hopefully further afield. I'd also like to see the album released outside Australia. And then in the middle of 2012 I'd like to get back in the studio and start work on album number two. We've got a big stockpile of songs."

This is marvellous news. 'Love Your Demons' is choc-full of the good stuff, with the promise of 'plenty more where that came from', plus live shows to back up the recorded goodness means there'll be a lot to look forward to from Leeno and company in 2012 - stay tuned.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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