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  CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN
EUROPEAN FESTIVAL ROUND-UP
3rd July 2011


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I've been to a fair few festivals this year, too many to review every band but here's my best of each festival.

On most of the shows I've been working for Mr Big and quite honestly they've been the best band most days but that would be a little biased to review the band paying my wages, so just take my word for it that they're great, go and buy tickets for their upcoming UK tour in September and let's take a look at the second best bands on each festival bill.

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Hellfest, Clisson France

This was a pretty strong bill the day I was there. Cavalera Conspiracy, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Doro, Ozzy... all pretty good but the band who unexpectedly stole it for me were Judas Priest. I saw them a couple of years back and quite honestly they bored the pants off me. I think they also bore the pants off each other that day too. No vibe, no interaction with the crowd and a bare minimum of rocking out. This year it's all different. They've been reborn!

Halford commanded the stage like the rock God that he is, his voice was on supreme form and he reminded me why every Metal singer since him can only attempt to emulate him. Scott Travis slammed the kit like I've never seen him do before. He is of course an awesome drummer as we always knew but tonight he took it to new levels. 'Painkiller' was of course only ever a pounding drum solo with some other guys in the background.

Ian Hill, despite his sticking to the back of the stage as usual, still pulled all the rock shapes we'd want to see and kept the whole band locked in order. Glenn Tipton had upped his game since I last saw him in action, again pulling the shapes, rocking out and of course giving us the riffs that made Priest the icons that they are.

Then there was the new boy, Richie Faulkner, KK's last minute replacement on this tour. He's got the riffs and solos down; we'd expect that. He's pulling the shapes and moving the moves; we'd expect that too. But somehow I think there's more to him than that. He's a real rockstar up there. I get the feeling that Priest's rebirth is down to him. I think he's given them the inspiration that maybe they've been lacking for a while. A little kick up the arse.

He's a new kid, not jaded from playing arenas for thirty years, not bored of playing the same tunes every day (though he has been playing 'Breaking The Law' in Camden pubs every Sunday for years with the covers band Metalworks) and just very happy to be there. Who wouldn't be? Well, KK apparently.

Special mention must also go to the setlist, where they played far from safe giving the crowd a selection of the old and rare, tracks they've not played for years and tracks they may never have played before. It's never an easy choice when bands do this but always a treat for the die hard fans. They then of course finished up with the hits and crowd pleasers- 'Breaking the Law', 'Painkiller' and 'You've Got Another Thing Coming'. Please let's hope the Priest do have another thing coming and that this is not really a farewell tour from them.

Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg Sweden

This place has great memories for me. In 2002 I played there in Bruce Dickson's band, headlining the main stage, on after Motörhead. Now that makes no sense does it? Little old me on after Motörhead? There was something wrong about that whole idea. Like a dream where the events don't add up to the end result. But that's what happened and we had a ball doing it.

Then in 2009 we played there in Tank. That was a great day, the first show with the new Tank, the Doogie White fronted Tank. It was that day that Tank fans showed their full support for the new line-up. It was that day we debuted a couple of tracks from the 'War Machine' album. It was that day we realised we had something quite special on our hands.

It was also that day that we saw Ronnie James Dio live for the last time. He sang his heart out with Heaven and Hell. Incredible singer, incredible voice. Little did any of us know he wouldn't be with us twelve months later.

So my third time at Sweden Rock was going to be hard to top. Also because of our scheduling, we had to fly out that same day to get to Donington so I missed most of the bands. The only band I saw any of was Phil Anselmo's Down. And I'm so glad I did catch that bit. Wow, what a band, what a frontman and what a voice!

I'd seen Pantera back in the day (they blew Megadeth offstage at Hammersmith Odeon) and Anselmo was powerful back then. But now with the experience and wisdom of a few more years in the game, he's turned into a monster of a singer... then just as I was thinking, this'll be a great day out, we had to get ourselves out of there to go to...

Download Festival, Donington England

This was probably the best festival bill for my taste. Saturday, stage two was full of great bands - Mr Big (of course), Rise to Remain, Clutch, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper. How do you pick between them? But there were two bands that stole it for me and I really can't pick between them so they'll get joint first place.

Dio Disciples, what's all that about eh? I was kind of sceptical about this whole thing: Dio's band, without the late great man himself, doing some covers of his songs with two singers. Sorry but on paper that didn't do it for me. I was expecting to watch a song, yawn and go off a bit depressed that it had to come to this. But no, somehow they maintained their dignity and pulled it off magnificently.

It helped that the crowd weren't as hard to please as me and as soon as they started with 'Stand Up And Shout', the audience loved them. Of course we all miss Ronnie, but nothing can bring him back so let's enjoy the music he left us. That is the point of the band and they put it across so well. Craig Goldy, Simon Wright... and new boy James Lomenzo pulled out the songs we wanted to hear exactly how we wanted to hear them, note for note and pummelling.

I say new boy, James Lomenzo may be a newboy to this band but is of course no new boy to rock. Its hard to think of a cool band he hasn't played bass for at one time or another - Megadeth, David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, Badlands, Frehley's Comet, not to mention White Lion where he first came to attention and now Dio Disciples. How does he keep getting these gigs? I found out how - by being really good at his job and a very nice bloke too. Good combination!

Then onto the singers. How was anyone going to replace RJD in his own band? We all know Ripper's a good Metal singer and that Toby Jepson led Little Angles to chart topping success a few years back but replacing Ronnie? No, surely not?

They way they did it was by NOT replacing him.

They didn't try to out-Dio each other. They sang the parts, often in harmony but in their own styles. Not doing impersonations of his unique voice but in their own voices staying true to the spirit (and notes) of the originals and all done with the greatest respect for the man himself. He'd have been proud. I was.

The other band on that stage that blew me away was Twisted F*cking Sister. They've not changed a bit since day one. Still as angry, still as in your face and still as rocking. You can't stop rock and roll and you can't stop Twisted Sister either. I wouldn't like to go on after a band like this.

Every song is an anthem. And every line is delivered like its the first time Dee's done this. His energy and presence is literally awesome, not in that lame way of "that's awesome dude" but in its original meaning of he inspires awe in those around him. Don't get in his way, from song one its clear the kids are indeed back.

The Animal pounds the bass, Jay Jay and Fingers peel out the twin harmony licks and AJ is so under-rated. People may not expect this but AJ Pero has one of the best grooves of any Metal drummer I've heard. Put these five guys together and you be hard pressed to find a better band on any festival bill.

Gods Of Metal, Milan Italy

There wasn't going to be a lot of competition here. David Coverdale's Whitesnake were here to conquer, and the man himself walked onstage like he knew it all along. "Bueno Sierra, Italy! Here's a song for Ya!"... and off they went into 'Best Years Of My Life'. Great stuff.

Hit after hit, 'Love Ain't No Stranger', 'Slide it In', 'Here I Go Again', the new 'Love Will Set You Free' and of course 'Still of the Night'. Every moment brought a smile to my face.

The only criticism I'd have of the set was the length of the band members' solo spots. But even then that can only be a slight criticism because when you've got musicians the calibre of guitarists Doug Aldritch and Reb Beach and drummer Brian Titchy, solo spots are a real treat, musically and also entertainment wise. I just thought maybe if those solo spots had been one minute shorter each, they could have slipped 'Crying In The Rain' into the set.

I'm really small picking holes in a near perfect show now. I got to see a great Whitesnake show, and what did I want? More Whitesnake of course. There's no pleasing some people is there?

Sonisphere, Basel Switzerland

This was another festival that we had to run out of to get to the next one in time so I didn't get to see any other bands, which was a shame because Iron Maiden were on our stage later. I did get to see a bit of Limp Bizkit, who were, well, pretty limp actually. But I guess from their name that that's how they like it. I'm just gutted I missed Maiden.

Noc Pina Hvzd Festival, Trinec Czech Republic

Mr Big were the only international touring band in the bill. Clearly headliners in billing and performance. The local bands didn't come close. There was no second position, it was a yawning chasm between the headliners and anyone else. But there was a third place, these local bands can pull a few surprises of their own.

The best of them was the Czech Republic's own Citron. Naming a Metal band after a piece of fruit is rarely a good move, but we'll overlook that in favour of their riffage. Power Metal in the style of Accept or Sinner, with all the power and Metal that goes with the genre.

They were clearly local favourites, the crowd loved them and seemed to know every word. They sang in Czech so every word was a bit of mystery to me but if you're one of those people who cares nothing for lyrics and just loves the Metal for Metal's sake, check (or should that be Czech?) them out. Highly recommended.

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Well that's my festivals so far this Summer... next stop Metal Hammer Festival, Katowice Poland with Tank and Judas Priest, then Lillehammer Festival, Norway with Tank, Thin Lizzy and UFO. Bring on the Metal!!

MORE CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN COLUMNS HERE...

March 2015: Matthew Trippe RIP - The strange case of the man who would be Nikki Sixx
November 2014: Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) RIP
October 2014: Mr. Big – Live Review at Koko, London
September 2014: Mr. Big: 'The Stories We Could Tell' album review
September 2013: Intensive Bass Course with Billy Sheehan
August 2013: Booking Agents vs Promoters
July 2013: Rock and Metal Pub Quiz
June 2013: Communication Tips For European Festivals, Or How To Learn A Language In An Evening
May 2013: Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) RIP
April 2013: Daily Mail Columnist Richard Littlejohn Sinks To New Low With Anti-Heavy Metal Article
April 2013: The Future Of Classic Bands
March 2013: Smashing Pumpkins Video Shoot
Febuary 2013: Ten Years On Total Rock
January 2013: Kiss Follow Up To Monster 2013
December 2012: Kiss Reformation Magick
November 2012: Exclusive Interview With Geoff Tate
November 2012: Morally Worrying Session
October 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Review
October 2012: The Best Invention Of All Time
September 2012: A Conversation With Rudy Sarzo
August 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 3
July 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 2
June 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 1
May 2012: Managers v Producers
April 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Album Preview
March 2012: London Venue's Nazi Past?
February 2012: How Not to Join the Ozzy Osbourne Band
January 2012: Metal Evilution
December 2011: Take Your Pick Competition
November 2011: The Pandora's Box Of Pop
October 2011: Tank Tour Diary 2011
September 2011: Festival Stage Collapses
August 2011: Bruce Air, The Early Days
July 2011: European Festival Round-Up
June 2011: Bernie Torme Proud To Be Part Of MT Ozzy Article
June 2011: Who's Your Favourite Ozzy Guitarist?
May 2011: Japanese Tsunami Disaster
April 2011: 10,000 Tank Albums!
March 2011: Death Metal Session!
6th February 2011: Gary Moore (4th April 1952 - 6th February 2011)
February 2011: Recording Bass at Steve Harris'
January 2011: A Column About Columns



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karnivool KARNIVOOL ANNOUNCE UK TOUR IN MARCH 2015
The full Australian set comes to Europe for the first time, to co-incide with the vinyl release of their entire catalogue...

cregan and co CREGAN & CO ANNOUNCE UK TOUR CELEBRATING SONGS FROM ROD STEWART'S CATALOGUE
Rod's long time band mate and co-songwriter Jim Cregan's band features Ben Mills, Harry James and more...

blackwelder BLACKWELDER ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM TITLE AND RELEASE DATE
'Survival Of The Fittest' lands in April and the first track is streaming now...

scott weiland SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS CONFIRM STUDIO ALBUM AND UK DATE
The ex-Stone Temple Pilots singer releases 'Blaster' - a rock album that lives up to its title...

nightranger NIGHT RANGER TO PLAY RARE LONDON SHOW ON 12th MARCH
Tickets to see the celebrated San Franciscan rockers at the O2 Academy Islington will be in high demand...

geezer butler BLACK SABBATH'S GEEZER BUTLER BREAKS HIS SILENCE OVER HIS ARREST
Geezer was arrested on Tuesday night after an altercation in Death Valley, California and was booked at the Inyo County Jail...

ramblin man festival BREAKING NEWS: RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR ANNOUNCE SAXON, BLUE OYSTER CULT AND MORE...
A mega announcement from Ramblin Man Fair just dropped...

hate HATE RELEASE NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR TRACK 'LEVIATHAN'
Poland's death/black Metallers Hate are known for their highly dramatic soundscapes...

majesty MAJESTY ANNOUNCE 'GENERATION STEEL' NEW ALBUM AND EUROPEAN TOUR
"We are more than proud of the new record and can't wait to also present these songs live on stage..."

induction MARTIN BECK'S INDUCTION REVEAL COVER FOR UPCOMING SINGLE
The single. 'Far Beyond The Horizon' is out on February 16th and features some special guests...

cadillac three THE CADILLAC THREE ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE DATES AND GRAMMY NOMINATION
"The UK has become like a second home to us over the past year or so, and we can't wait to come back! We've been working hard on new music for y'all..."

bonafide BONAFIDE ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN AND UK TOUR FOR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015
With their new studio album 'Denim Devils', the Swedes are set for a spring and summer on the road...

toseland THREE MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM TOSELAND
A new EP, A UK tour and a world record attempt - Toseland is starting 2015 with a bang...

attila ATTILA PREMIERE VIDEO FOR 'HATE ME'
In this hilarious and unforgettable video clip, Attila trade their microphones and instruments for handcuffs, nightsticks, and cop uniforms...

if all else fails ROCK STARS DEDICATE GET WELL SOON VIDEO TO MONTROSE MUSICIAN
A host of British and American Metal stars combine to wish their comrade Lewis Paton a speedy recovery...

download festival ANOTHER BATCH OF BANDS ADDED TO DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL BILL INCLUDING THUNDER AND EVIL SCARECROW
This year's Download Festival line-up is shaping up nicely with another 24 new acts added to the bill...

steak number eight STEAK NUMBER EIGHT TO EMBARK ON EUROPEAN TOUR WITH PRONG AND HARK
Belgium's post/sludge Metal act Steak Number Eight have announced the dates of their 2015 European tour...

beth hart BETH HART TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'BETTER THAN HOME' ON 13th APRIL 2015
Some artists choose to sing the blues and some artists find that they have to live them as well...

asomvel ASOMVEL ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR MARCH 2015
With the new line-up powering the band to bigger heights, Asomvel are heading out on tour...

dr living dead DR. LIVING DEAD! LAUNCH BRAND NEW VIDEO
'TEAMxDEADx' is an example of the quality Thrash Metal displayed on the upcoming third album...

mabel greers toyshop MABEL GREER'S TOYSHOP RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOOTAGE FOR 'ELECTRIC FUNERAL'
The band which grew into Yes have reunited and will release a new album in March...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM TITLE AND RELEASE DATE
"We have written a very dark, yet melodic album, but this time many songs definitely have a death Metal edge, which is something we haven't done for a long long time ..."

ensiferum ENSIFERUM ADD MORE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
We're really looking forward to the new Ensiferum album, 'One Man Army', here at MetalTalk...

airbourne AIRBOURNE SIGN WITH SPINEFARM RECORDS
"We're pumped up to have signed on the dotted line to the world's toughest and truest hard rock label..."

vader VADER BRING BLITZ! OVER EUROPE TOUR TO THE UK AND IRELAND IN MARCH
"We come together with our dudes from Hate. We can't wait to bring Hellfire to you soon..."

thy art is murder THY ART IS MURDER ANNOUNCE UK SHOWS SUPPORTING EMMURE
Tickets are on sale now for what promises to be the heaviest tour of the year...

horror holocaust CROSSOVER DEATH SUPERGROUP DENIAL FIEND RE-ISSUE 'HORROR HOLOCAUST' ON VINYL AND IN EUROPE FOR THE FIRST TIME
Ten tales of blood curdling horror that are anvil heavy thrashing death...

wacken EUROPE AND DREAM THEATER ANNOUNCED FOR WACKEN
The sold out legendary German festival announces more details of the mouth-watering bill...

camden rocks CAMDEN ROCKS 2015 ANNOUNCE THE FIRST ACTS
The bands include Trail of Dead, Funeral For a Friend, Heavens Basement, The Dictators, Black Spiders and more...

all that remains ALL THAT REMAINS LAUNCH #thisprobablywontendwell PICTURE COMPETITION
This unique competition marks the release of new studio album 'The Order Of Things' out on Feb 23rd...

titanfest TITANFEST ANNOUNCED FOR MAY IN LONDON - FIRST BANDS REVEALED
Titanfest now sees some of the most respected and time-hardened Metal musicians working side by side with the next generation of the emerging UK Metal scene...

joe lynn turner JOE LYNN TURNER ANNOUNCES UK AND NORTHERN IRELAND DATES THIS SPRING
Legendary rock and roll singer Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow and Deep Purple fame is pleased to confirm details of his intimate acoustic 'An Evening With...' tour...

wildfire festival EXCLUSIVE: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2015 ANNOUNCES FIFTY BAND LINE-UP
Wildfire is known for bringing the best in Scottish talent to Wiston Lodge, and there is one name everyone at Wildfire HQ agreed should be on the bill...

kiss KISS GET ANIMATED IN COLLABORATION WITH J-POP IDOLS MOMOIRO CLOVER Z!
Just when you thought the Metal world had gone insane enough with Babymetal...

ronnie james dio RONNIE JAMES DIO FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will include a public memorial service, a celebrity bowling tournament and the inaugural Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and BBQ...

walkway WALKWAY RELEASE SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR 'STREETWISE'
The single is the first release from their second studio album. Walkway will support Status Quo in June 2015...

motley crue MOTLEY CRUE REVEAL DATE OF FINAL SHOW AND FINAL TOUR LAST LEG DETAILS: NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO OUT NOW
Motley Crue are also in the process of putting together the ultimate collector's album package...

art of anarchy PRESENTING ART OF ANARCHY FEATURING SCOTT WEILAND, BUMBLEFOOT, JOHN MOYER OF DISTURBED AND JON AND VINCE VOTTA
Poised to become one of the biggest new bands of 2015, Art Of Anarchy is redefining the rock supergroup...

jettblack JETTBLACK RETURN WITH A BRAND NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
Jettblack get serious in 2015, kicking things off with a headline tour and new single in February...

dead kennedys DEAD KENNEDYS FANS PERFORM PUBLIC SEX ACT LIVE ON STAGE
"This was something definitely different to see at a punk concert..."

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW'S MISSING TRACK FINALLY RELEASED! A MESSAGE FROM DR HELL!
Evil Scarecrow have just released a new, old version of 'Robototron', which they feel is the definitive version of their most popular track...

eddie and the hot rods BREAKING NEWS: ORIGINAL EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS LINE-UP REFORM FOR 40th ANNIVERSARY
This will be the first time all original members have played a full show together for over thirty years...

carthagods CARTHAGODS TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING TIM "RIPPER" OWENS, RON THAL AND MARK JANSEN
"It's been a long time that we look for this occasion to finally satisfy our fans..."

paddy goes to holyhead EXCLUSIVE: PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD ANNOUNCE FINAL CONCERT FOR ST PATRICK'S NIGHT
Sadly it's the end of an era as Paddy Goes To Holyhead have announced that they are to play their final gig...

grateful dead BREAKING NEWS: GRATEFUL DEAD TO RE-UNITE FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL CONCERTS
The reunion, billed "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead", will feature the band's surviving members...

nazareth BREAKING NEWS: VOCALIST LINTON OSBOURNE LEAVES NAZARETH
"I am no longer a member of Nazareth. It didn't work out, for me, or for the band..."

lordi LORDI ANNOUNCE UK DATES FOR TOUR FORCE ONE
Lordi bring 'Scare Force One' to the UK for ten dates in the Spring...

nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL TRACKLIST & FORMATS OF 'ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL'
The new studio album, released on 30th March, is available in several tasty formats...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN LEADER STEVE HARRIS' MANSION BACK ON THE MARKET AT KNOCKDOWN PRICE
The mansion boasts its own pub called the Horse and Cart as well as an indoor swimming pool...

pete way EXCLUSIVE: ALL PARTIES IN BATTLE BETWEEN FIN MUIR AND PETE WAY OF WAYSTED GIVE A RESPONSE
"I can confirm that this appalling defamation is completely without foundation..."

death angel DEATH ANGEL ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE SHOW AND DATES WITH QUEENSRYCHE AND ARMORED SAINT
Los Angeles Heavy Metal legends Armored Saint will join both acts for a special London show at the Electric Ballroom...

udo dirkschneider U.D.O. TO PLAY ENGLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DONKEY'S YEARS
Germany's favourite rock god Udo Dirkschneider has announced three exclusive shows for the UK...

california breed CALIFORNIA BREED HAS GONE THE WAY OF BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION
After a great first album, the departure of a superstar drummer, and very little touring, California Breed is extinct...

kamelot KAMELOT SIGNS TO NAPALM RECORDS; NEW ALBUM AND TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
In support of this highly anticipated release, Kamelot will hit the road for select UK shows, followed by a massive North America Tour...

the gentle storm ARJEN LUCASSEN AND ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN'S NEW BAND THE GENTLE STORM REVEAL TOUR DATES AND ALBUM DETAILS
"We'll perform some Ayreon classics together and premiere a couple of songs that will be on our upcoming album..."

jimmy page JIMMY PAGE IN FIGHT WITH ROBBIE WILLIAMS OVER HOUSE RENOVATION
The pair are neighbours and have fallen out over Williams' plans to revamp his multi-million pound mansion...

hard rock hell SAXON ANNOUNCED FOR HARD ROCK HELL 9 WITH ROCK GODDESS, PIG IRON AND MORE
Hard Rock Hell, aptly titled 'House of Horrors', are pleased to welcome Heavy Metal Titans Saxon back into their realm...

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL TO RELEASE 7INCH & DIGITAL SINGLE 'NAIL THEM TO THE CROSS' IN FEBRUARY
The single is available as a hand-numbered 7inch limited edition of which 500 copies are on black vinyl and 500 on blue vinyl...

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ TO RELEASE BRAND NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM ON MARCH 9th VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS
Santa Cruz will also play five UK dates as main support to Amaranthe...

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG TO HEADLINE GARAGE DAYZ RE-VISITED ALL DAYER IN LONDON
A mouth watering bill not only from bands that were a huge influence to bands like Metallica and Megadeth....

truffle TRUFFLE TO PLAY SPECIAL SOUTH COAST GIG WITH SIEGE, TOLEDO STEEL AND KODIAK JACK
Tickets are priced at only $7.50 for a night that promises to be full of faces from the area past and present....

ensiferum ENSIFERUM UNLEASH TWO NEW VIDEOS ON EVE OF LAUNCH ON NEW ALBUM
Today Ensiferum unveils the official new video for 'One Man Army''s title track as well as an in-depth "making of" clip...

autograph AUTOGRAPH RELEASE FIRST NEW SONG IN OVER 25 YEARS
Simply put, a reunion was both inevitable and essential...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO STUDIO ALBUM 'WOLFLIGHT' OUT ON 30th MARCH
The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom...

adrian smith IRON MAIDEN'S ADRIAN SMITH ROCKS UP IN CHISWICK WITH DOOGIE WHITE, ANDY BARNETT AND DAVE 'BUCKET' COLWELL
MetalTalk's first Gig Of The Week for 2015 turned up two major surprises as a great night was had by all...

sabaton SABATON ANNOUNCE "SABATON OPEN AIR" WITH POWERWOLF AND CIVIL WAR
Tickets are on sale now for this special event in Germany in July...

pig iron PIG IRON ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM
'Sermons From The Church Of Blues Restitution' will be released worldwide via OYR on 2nd March and will be preceded by a high value four track EP...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE LONDON SHOW FOR 'ECLIPTICA OVER EUROPE TOUR 2015'
"On these shows we'll perform 'Ecliptica' in its entirety as well as assorted hits from our catalog..."

skalmold SKALMOLD UNVEIL NEW SPRING TOUR DATES WITH ELUVEITIE AND WIND ROSE
For those who didn't catch the Viking/Pagan Metallers live on tour, here's another chance...

tony iommi BLACK SABBATH LEGEND TONY IOMMI TELLS ALL ABOUT HIS CANCER BATTLE
"In the good old days there was cocaine everywhere. This time we had tea and coffee and health drinks..."

def con one DEF CON ONE ANNOUNCE CRUSHING HEADS TOUR
British Metallers Def Con One can be seen across the UK in 2015...

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