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'Hope In Hell'
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The fifteenth studio album from our crazy Cannuck friends in Anvil in a career that amazingly see's the band celebrating their 35th anniversary this year . Pioneers of speed metal, Anvil have never let the changing fashions of metal change their outlook one iota , no matter if it meant diminishing sales or years of obscurity playing to a dedicated hardcore of fans in their homeland awaiting the day when the world would wake up and once again recognise the majestic power and influence of Anvil as typified in the heart warming documentary Anvil: The Story Of Anvil..

Whilst that film thankfully brought Anvil back to a larger and new audience , the time has come for the band to stand on their own merits That point was proven with the 2011 release of 'Juggernaut Of Justice' and that is set to continue with this new album 'Hope In Hell'. Once again produced by Bob Marlette who gives a razor sharp and crisp production and lets the band really roll free in an expressive manner. This is the first album to feature new bassist Sal Italiano completed by the long term partnership of Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner.

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Like Motorhead or Iron Maiden, you know exactly what you're going to get with an Anvil album. There are no political messages or any attempts to save the whale. Just a simple intent of making the listener to enjoy their metal pure and simple with one underlying message of that you only have one life and it's for living and not time wasting. Some metal fans take their music far too seriously wanting to hear thinking man's metal or seeing an angry dude with tattoo's running up their legs whilst their veins on the neck are about to rupture as they spit in a venomous aggression to their so unfair lives placed on them by a government they had voted for.

Anvil are what a metal band should be . Loud, fast and a whole lotta fun .The lyrics can be a little Spinal Tap at times but then so are Judas Priest , but when it's done with so much pure conviction it makes all other kinds of music pale and placid and too far up it's own serious jacksy. This album is full of metal templates from the title track to 'Through With You' which puts the 'Smoke On The Water' cheekily through the blender, the full on 'Bad Ass Rock 'N Roll' , the riveting 'Mankind Machines' and the quick fire one finger salute of 'Shut The Fuck Up'.


Although nothing ground breaking on offer here the Anvil train still rolls down the track without showing any signs of running out of steam yet. Lips and Reiners signatures are all over this album with some energetic displays of craftsmanship with plenty of spark.

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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.


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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