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London, Relentless Garage
28th October 2011


County Down's finest, The Answer, have just released their third album 'Revival'. For many bands signed to major labels the third album normally means the big make or break. The band have been fine tuning their craft the two years previously playing the arenas around the world supporting the mighty AC/DC which has turned The Answer into one powerful live unit.

There are many critics who complain that The Answer have yet to write that big anthem to really make them a global household name and whilst that may well be true, the band do have a full arsenal of gems that rock harder than most when played live.

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At her majesty's pleasure, Leeds retro bearded beatnik warriors The Gentlemans Pistols are a wise choice act for support. A band that I've been seeing since their humble beginnings, the Pistols have gone from strength to strength, improved on every live occasion and turned into a very tight unit.

This is the band that came out of the compost heap once Motorhead moved out of next door.

They remind me very much of proto punk acid rockers The Edgar Broughton Band from the late sixties, not only with their bearded image but also with their gritty garage sound. With tracks such as 'Living In Sin Again', 'Widowmaker' and the hip swinging 'Sherman Tank' the Gentlemans Pistols didn't fire one single blank tonight and certainly upped the ante for The Answer.

With a big hypnotic logo behind them The Answer steamrolled into some chugging riffs with the boogie shuffle of 'Under The Sky' with the energy of a young energetic Aerosmith. Despite this being the last night of the Irish/UK tour the band were certainly not showing any signs of fatique and were certainly on a mission with singer Cormac Neeson asking "Are you ready for some rock 'n' roll?", which was met with a resounding yes from the audience who lapped up every minute of this hot and sweaty gig.

Neeson certainly held the crowd's full attention and when later on before 'Evil Way' he asked to see hands in the air all the way to the back, he wish was granted with only the bar staff not joining in the rocking fun.

There was a little guitar solo from Paul Mahon who has learnt a trick or two from his time watching Angus Young on stage every night and later played some neat slide on 'Piece By Piece'. One track that was added to set halfway through this tour was 'Nowhere Freeway' the duet recorded with Saint Jude's Lynne Jackaman. Tonight it was all down to Neeson to handle the lyrics. A classic in the making which slowed the pace a little and it was a 'lighter in the air' moment of delight.

With cracking encores of Rose Tattoo's 'Rock 'n' Roll Outlaws' and 'Waste Your Tears' The Answer proved tonight that they certainly are part off the revival of classic rock. The future is in their hands once all the dinosaurs are laid to rest. They have the oompah of Led Zeppelin and the musical chutzpah of Aerosmith. All they have to do is write a couple of radio hits and world domination is all there for the taking.

The train kept a-rollin' all night tonight.

Set list:

Under The Sky
On And On
Vida (I Want You)
Evil Way
Too Far Gone
Nowhere Freeway
Comfort Zone
Piece By Piece
Why'd You Change Your Mind
One More Revival

Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw
Waste Your Tears




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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