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Judith Fisher
judith fisher
11th April 2011

generation graveyard

Bugger me, Wolfsbane headlining the Borderline. Now there's a gig I wasn't going to miss, and with the exception of freezing my ass off on the motorbike ride home, I can't remember a night where I had so much fun!

I didn't manage to get much further than the stairs in the Borderline to watch the band as the place was well and truly sold out, packed to the rafters with a mass of heaving (and very tall) people, but with me clocking in at about five foot two, I've got to say it was the first time in years that I got a great vantage point to see this reunited bunch of Tamworth reprobates!.


Rocking out with a vengeance from the start, Wolfsbane kicked off in typically howling mad shithead style with 'Limo' and the full force metal mosher 'Black Lagoon'. Stomping on with great gusto through 'Killing Machine' and 'Money to Burn', the chants of "you fat bastard" led to a very amusing bit of banter with Blaze Bayley threatening to ruin every man's chance with their women that night by revealing his body, with the inevitable 'Totally Nude' following!


Bayley simply overflows with charisma onstage now, the total showman combining his fabulous Metal vocals with a wicked sense of humour and with all the original boys back together and having a complete blast, it's seriously infectious.

Mind you, some of the fun does rather emanate from drummer and madman Steve Danger whose ridiculously loud and shiny shirt was very close to stealing the show, and with a gig as good as this that's really saying something. That shirt alone should win awards wherever it goes!


Next up comes 'I Did It For The Money', a groovy, riff ridden beast from the new EP and gets everyone in the crowd bouncing and singing along, then all hell breaks loose with the fist pumping steamroller 'Loco', Jase 'the ace' Edwards and Jeff Hateley throwing out some storming guitars and bass.

On we stomp until we get to 'GSB', one of their earliest tracks from the first demo and a track which Bayley declares is, unlike fine wines that improve with age, more like a really strong cheese! Everyone's now grinning like loons and we blast through the classic 'I Like It Hot', the screams of 'I Want The Hardcore' with 'Temple Of Rock' to the unforgettable, full on metal monster 'Manhunt'.

After a very brief pause, they bounce back onstage to much cheering and applause and encore with the blistering 'Steel', 'Ezy', 'Black Machine', 'Dead At Last' and finish in a complete storm with everyone in full voice to 'Paint the Town Red'.

Fun, fierce and fabulously Metal, these much missed boys have been away for far too long but finally are back, playing better than ever and by the looks of both the band and the crowd's hugely enthusiastic reaction, are here to stay.

They came, they played, kicked ass and conquered. Absolutely brilliant!



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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