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  WITHIN TEMPTATION LIVE IN RIO
Nando Souza and Isabella Mendes
27th March 2012

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On the 12th of February, in the middle of the famous Brazilian Carnival week and in Lapa, a place most famous for being the birthplace of Samba in Rio, the Dutch band Within Temptation arrived, finally, for their first gig ever in the 'Marvellous City'. The event, so long awaited for many loyal fans, was to promote their brand new album, 'The Unforgiving'.

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Cariocas (people born in Rio) are well known for their carnival, samba, beautiful beaches, but unfortunately, we're not well known as a great public for Heavy Metal and rock n' roll concerts; that's the reason why so many great bands choose to play in other cities like São Paulo and Porto Alegre. The audience is usually low compared to other Brazilian cities. Knowing the Carioca crowd, I was not expecting a great audience for the gig, so I was surprised to see that the queue to enter the venue was huge and it was stretching around the corner.

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A huge storm started just before the concert, and it was really hot that Sunday, but nothing kept the fans away from the event.

Everyone was excited to check out the new sound of the band, after all 'The Unforgiving' brought some touches of pop into the symphonic/gothic well known style of the Dutchies, led by the gorgeous and talented Sharon den Adel.

Thirty minutes after the scheduled time, the venue's lights went down, and the short film of 'Mother Maiden' started on the screen.

After ten minutes of intro, Jeroen van Veen (bass guitar), Stefan Helleblad (guitar), Ruud Jolie (guitar), Martijn Spierenburg (Keyboard), Mike Coolen (drums) and Sharon den Adel (vocals) were finally on stage, jamming and head banging with their single 'Shot In The Dark'.

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Although the concert was meant to promote 'The Unforgiving', the classic songs weren't kept away from the set list, so the fans went nuts with 'Ice Queen', 'Mother Earth', 'Deceiver Of Fools' from the 'Mother Earth' album (the one that gave made the band famous worldwide), also 'Stand My Ground', 'Angels', 'What Have You Done', 'Hand Of Sorrow' and others from their previous albums.

As for their new work, the audience listened to all the singles, including 'Faster', 'Sinéad', 'Fire And Ice' and 'Where Is The Edge'.

After almost two hours of excessive heat (despite the heavy rain), discomfort (crowded venue), I can say that the people were very pleased with the band's performance and so were the band with the audience.

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We could clearly see that Sharon Den Adel was touched by Rio's crowd, which is contagious with its energy. I guess that a sense of "we will soon be back" was in the minds of each band member.

Rio is not only about Samba after all.

Special thanks to Isabella Mendes for helping me with this article, Gustavo at Overload Records and Vivi at Circo Voador for the credential.

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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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