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'Vegas Or Bust'

21st September 2011

jonathan churchill

Cheerleader, the visceral new Swedish hard rock band, have been confirmed as special guests on Warrior Soul's UK and Irish tour, which hits London this week (22nd September).


Debut album, 'Vegas Or Bust', is released on 24th October and is well worth a listen. Having just reviewed Denmark's Shotgun Revolution, I'm coming to the conclusion that the Nordics just cannot produce a bad band!

This is an exciting debut. Cheerleader's influences include a huge range of classic and modern rock, including Aerosmith, The Cult, Foo Fighters and Hellacopters, and it shows on an album which never sits still or follows the expected groove.

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Track five, 'The Pirate Song', is a case in point - an offbeat rock sea-shanty with an infectious chorus. Or album closer, 'Whatever You May Be', which ends in a lengthy freestyling guitar-solo that grabs your attention and doesn't let go.

Lead single, 'My Love To Someone Else', shows the versatility of the band and is a great radio-friendly launch pad.

When I first listened to this album, I immediately replayed it as soon as it'd finished, which is rare. It's exciting, unpredictable and cool. Apparently, Warrior Soul's Kory Clarke was so impressed when he heard it that he offered them the support slot.

After the London Underworld gig, the tour continues as follows:

23 - Glasgow Ivory Blacks
24 - Edinburgh Bannerman's
28 - Grimsby Yardbirds
29 - York The Duchess
30 - Gwent The Steelhouse

If you're going to any of the gigs, let us know what you think on our Facebook forum:

Jonathan Churchill.
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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.

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