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Judith Fisher
judith fisher
17th February 2011

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Magna Saga: 'The Fox' five track EP

Damn me!! There really aren't many bands that get me all a-quiver and unnecessary on first listening but this stunning London three piece are definitely one of them!

'The Fox' is a five track EP of huge proportions showing a depth and maturity from the band that's so rarely found in a self released CD.

Imagine yourself in a dark, packed, swaying club pulsating with a simultaneous fusion of noise from the Queens of the Stone age, Sonic Youth and a steroid riddled Radiohead and you'll just begin to get a taste of where these guys are coming from.

'First and Last' launches the assault with driving, switched tempo beats under sway of some superb vocals oozing confidence and bitterness in equal proportions, 'Belicose' is a slow burning track full of desolation and despair while 'True To Say' swings towards their QOTSA influences, a melee of brutally exquisite guitar chords and grungy melodies.

'The Fox' stamps and rips with pounding drums, punishing bass lines and searing guitars, a dark, brooding instrumental track stripped to the bare bones, and finally we switch mood to 'The Night Of Broken Glass', a mellow, monster of a song consumed with yearning vocals and tempered with swathes of Sonic Youth-esque guitar distortion and barely concealed aggression that blasts through chaos to climax.

A truly fabulous EP that's left me feeling a little bereft now it's all over, and with a huge desire to hear much, much more from them.

And incidentally, the cover artwork is by none other than the legendary Krusher Joule.

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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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