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BEST OF 2012

scott adams

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Best Band of 2012 – Grave Digger.

Any band of Grave Digger's vintage that can pull out the album of their career (The splendid 'Clash Of The Gods') and bring out their own body scrub gets my vote. All hail the New Wave of Klean Kraut Thrash (NWoKKT).

Best Album Of 2012 – Crazy Lixx: 'Riot Avenue'

A spine tingling mix of Kix, Krokus and another band beginning with K that's just slipped my mind, Crazy Lixx proved that you don't need to be 56 to pull this kindaschtick off with consummate style.

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Best Single/EP of 2012 – Black Trillium: 'The Locked Woods' EP

Top notch Aussie doom. Misery incarnate.

Best Gig of 2012 – The Darkness, ANU Refectory, Canberra 10/5/12

Hawkins bestrides the Australian Capital like a satin jumpsuit-clad colossus. All the hits and more, delivered with a glint in the eye and a skin-peeling solo in every song. Canberra hasn't been rocked so willingly in years.

Promo Video of 2012 – The Darkness: 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us'

Despite 'Hot Cakes' being a huge disappointment, I really liked this song and vid... which is as good a reason as any to pick it I guess.

Best Festival of 2012 – Steel Assassins, Sydney

Two days of unadulterated true Metal in a pub, including a band called Metal who have the word Metal in every song title. What more do you need?

Most Annoying Moment of 2012

Don't start me. But if you really want to know try leafing through any one of the three and a half thousand tweets I've been forced to post when annoyed by things... (@30yrnr if you're interested).

Best Underground Band of 2012

Australia is full of the buggers, but of those that released albums this year The Levitation Hex and Be'Lakor deserve wider attention – go to it!


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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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