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Review Of The Year

judith fisher

BEST METAL MEMORY: Getaway Festival with Corrosion Of Conformity

GIG: Rob Zombie, Download

ALBUM: No Sky Today 'No Sky Today' (Wayne Findlay from MSG's band)

BAND: Ghost


ROB ZOMBIE was the obvious choice for best gig. Having seen his monstrously Metal show at Download and Hellfest he was absolutely superb, one hell of a showman and his music is still the finest on the scene today. Long may the 'Superbeast' reign!

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My best memory was at the Getaway Festival in Gavle, Sweden, although in patches - it's a tiny bit blurry. The happy consequence of being looked after by the really lovely boys of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, all of whom like a drop of beer, and it would have been mighty rude to refuse their generous invitation to join in a beverage or two! Utterly charming chaps all, they played a blinding show of Metal mayhem and that, combined with their company, gave me one of the most fun days I had all year.

The album choice was far more difficult, bearing in mind all the big releases this year, but I still remember the huge buzz I got hearing NO SKY TODAY for the first time, the debut album from Wayne Findlay's new band, and for that reason (and the fact it's a stunning album that I just don't get tired of hearing), I'm giving my Album of the Year to them.

Band of the year is without doubt the mighty GHOST (below). I simply can't stop playing 'Opus Eponymous', and their live shows are just awesome, brilliant and bonkers in equal measures. Besides, their cover of 'Here Comes The Sun' has to be the best cover ever!!


Merry Crimble & Metal craziness to one and all! xx J




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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