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'XI: The Days Before Tomorrow'
Release Date: 27th January 2012

Pippa Lang

pippa lang

lillian axe the days before tomorrow

What a flagship to follow! 'Babylon' thrusts its mighty Metal bowsprit (yes!) into the raging sea and forges forward to battle! Hoist the mainsail and follow me, me hearties... Okay, well, the rest of the fleet are a little slow on the uptake, bearing the weight of many years of Metallic scavenging... arr...

What I mean is this: Lillian Axe first formed in the late eighties, and I remember them very well as a less-absorbing rock band from New Orleans.

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After more than twenty years, during which countless sub-genres of Metal have passed by – and, incidentally, more than twenty band members have jumped in and out of their line-up - they've emerged a better, fuller, more complete modern Metal band, indulging themselves in the fruits of Metal evolution. New singer Brian C Jones has definitely given them a fresh lease of life (even if he is called Brian).

Thus, whilst 'Babylon', the sort of glorious, straightforward, chugging Metal Megadeth would've been proud of, charges courageously into whatever vortex may lay ahead, there are elements of more explorative prog, melodic and straightup rock on the rest of the album.

'Death Comes Tomorrow' burrows deep into prog territory; 'Gather Up The Snow' is meatier Metal but with the dynamics of a more diverse animal (wicked guitar solo); and when 'The Great Divide' opens with a synth washing over its bow and a delicate acoustic guitar bringing up the rear, you have no idea this is going to burst into a strident Metal anthem, worthy of the warriors of Valhalla! (I can already hear the Ed, Steve 'Death To False Metal!' Goldby, bellowing triumphantly from the top of a very tall building).

But there are yet more victorious anthems to light a fire to and, naturally, a Metal ballad, the delightful, acoustic-led 'Bow Your Head'.

Thoroughly enjoyable Metal. Just one thing puzzles me though: why did they pinch the riff from 'Teenage Kicks' for 'Soul Disease'? Of course, this is mere trivia, as the song develops into another all-conquering anthemic beast; followed swiftly by 'Lava On My Tongue', a dirty little riff that races along like it's trying to escape the volcano (what volcano? The one that spurted lava onto his tongue, of course - how else did it get there?).

Closing with the rather beautiful, yes, anthemic 'My Apologies', this is an album that's gonna be high on my list of 'Best Ofs' in 2012. Superb, er, anthemic Metal (did I mention that before?).

The more I listen the more I like.




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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