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Judith Fisher
judith fisher
23rd March 2011

atomic bitchwax

Rocking name for starters. Atomic Bitchwax is a New Jersey three piece featuring Chris Kosnik (Godspeed), Finn Ryland (Core) and Bob Bantella (Raging Slab, Monster Magnet) that has been evolving and refining its unique brand of stoner/psychedelic rock for 15 years and if you think that by now they should be bloody good at it, they most certainly are!

Three albums and two EPs down the line, this time they have shown total irreverence, stuck a bit fat middle finger in the air to all and sundry and done exactly what they wanted, which is the whole ethos of this band, by releasing this stunning 40 minute single track instrumental album 'The Local Fuzz'.

To be honest, I was initially uncertain as to whether I could be arsed to listen to an album sized single with no breaks and no vocals as I'm not the most patient person but damn me, this track grabs you from the first notes, bites down hard and simply refuses to let go.

'The Local Fuzz' is a whirling, twisting melee of psychedelic rock, relentless drums and blistering riffs sparodically intertwined with swirls of blues and some wonderfully emotive drifting Pink Floyd-esque guitar harmonies.

At times frantic, at others soothing, a sweet mellow buzz then a switchback to some seriously pulsating rock and roll. Apparently this track has over 50 riffs back to back, but if you're looking to break the whole into parts then you're missing the point of this blistering aural assault.

The most unexpected thing about this track is that it never loses its flow or groove throughout the entire 40 minutes, never slips into the feel of being merely a self obsessed jam session, just silkily switches through mood and tempo changes with sublime ease.

Instead of losing interest, the rich sound, skin tight playing and multi faceted melodies suck you in completely with the sheer length of the track becoming totally irrelevant.

Relentless and utterly irresistible, this is just an astounding piece of work from Atomic Bitchwax and I defy anyone to say that it left them without a raised pulse and massive smile on their face.

An explosion of wild psychedelic rock and roll brilliance. Awesome.



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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