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Judith Fisher
judith fisher
30th March 2011

warrior soul

The Purple Turtle is a dark, sparse, intimate rock venue and was the perfect setting for tonight's support band, Camden locals Generation Graveyard.

A striking looking bunch with heavily tattooed bodies, black lined eyes and punk stylings, they were good and tight tonight, their fiercely energetic long black haired vocalist Max belting out some high powered punk songs, savage and bitter at times, depressed and defiant at others.

With a set including the fine 'Empty' and 'Poison City', their vicious punk Metal hybrid music was the perfect warm up for headliners Warrior Soul.

Now I know reviewers are supposed to give a relatively unbiased review but in this instance, bollocks to that! I'm a huge fan of Warrior Soul and have been ever since the wonderful 'Drugs, God And The New Republic' album landed in my lap many years ago, but by far the best way to listen to these guys is live and loud in a small, hot and packed venue and so far we're off to a perfect start.

The band, minus their long maned singer, take to the stage and kick straight into the heavy driving drums and monster riff intro of the mesmerising 'Superpower Dreamland', holding us in anticipation until Kory bounds down the stairs, grabs the mike and powers out his rasping vocals in his own inimitably wild style.

Blitz rocker 'Lets Get Wasted' revs up the pace then guitars let rip into 'The Drug' with lewd gestures aplenty from the exuberant frontman, the storming 'The Party' hot on its heels.

I've seen Kory Clarke in many different guises and as a solo performer but now playing with Johnny H, Rille Lundell, Janne Jarvis and Freddie Cocker Kvarnebrink, he seems to have found souls of a similar ilk, is thoroughly enjoying himself and it really shows. Warrior Soul just keep on getting better.

'Shock Um Down' gets Clarke screaming, hair flailing, all vitriol, vengeance and untamed energy, then the perfect description of himself, 'Punk And Belligerent' is exactly how it's titled, loud, brash and full on. The charming 'Fuck The Pigs' swaggers and brawls its way through some great rock and roll with just about everyone in the crowd giving the bird, then, after technical hitches are dealt with, the band burst into the brilliant 'Intro', chants of "we are the government" filling the room to the rafters, and 'Interzone'.

'Downtown' sears its way along strewn with blistering bass and guitars, and they finish to huge applause with my favourite track, the superb 'Wasteland', a pounding, steroid ripped behemoth of a song with Clarke's rasping vocals shifting between bitter sweetness and utter venom and disdain, truly a classic track.

Through all the twists and turns Warrior Soul have taken over the last two decades, Kory Clarke hasn't lost any fire or passion, his bitterness and cynicism mixed with his love of the music from this band is as raw and open as ever, but now alongside and enriched with his tight and hugely talented fellow band mates, they are hitting serious highs and how the hell this band aren't absolutely huge simply mystifies me.

Warrior Soul. As unrelenting, fierce and stunning as ever. Epic.



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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