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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

RAVEN
'Rock Until You Drop - A Long Day's Journey' DVD
(Steamhammer/SPV)


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When the postman delivered this DVD package through my letterbox it made the sound of "Crash, Bang, Wallop!" as it hit the floor. My jaw immediately dropped too as I knew it could only be one thing, the long awaited DVD from those wacky Gallagher brothers.

No not those smackable brothers from Manchester, but the loony ones from Newcastle who spearheaded the whole speed Metal movement which later transformed itself into what we now know as thrash Metal.

Raven were one of the craziest and fastest bands to emerge from the NWOBHM era who had a singer whose voice which sounded as if he was walking on barbed wire that was buried beneath hot coals of fire. They released two ground breaking albums on the Neat Records label with 'Rock Until You Drop' from 81 and 'Wiped Out' a year later. America and the world was all theirs to conquer.

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However for the third album, 'All For One', our Geordie boys took young bands such as Metallica and Anthrax out on the road for the first time, and it wasn't too long after that as both of those bands witnessed the trio in action upped the ante and thrash was born, whilst the fortunes of Raven soon dwindled as the band followed label advice and followed a slick commercial path.

Like fellow speed Metalling buddies Anvil, Raven carried on throughout the years still turning out music of quality largely ignored by the Metal media.

This documentary follows the story of Raven from their humble beginnings right through to the present day. However unlike 'The Story Of Anvil', this documentary has not been directed by Sacha Gervasi and in the words of John Gallagher himself: "This ain't no Hollywood production, but then neither are we."

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For any Raven lunatic this is a must see, but don't expect your Bon Jovi loving girlfriend to snuggle up next to you all evening and enjoy this hard ride because the documentary has a running time of over three hours and that is where, unfortunately, this DVD fails to ignite the fire.

Mark Gallagher has done the editing himself and obviously didn't want to leave too much on the cutting room floor. Bizarrely, when he is interviewed himself, it takes place in a noisy bar and he is barely audible.

Whilst it is great to see early pictures of the band in their youth some of the story is skipped over too quickly with mentions of how they supported the likes of Ozzy, Motorhead, Whitesnake and Iron Maiden but there are no stories to share from those tours and the departure of drummer Rob 'Wacko 'Hunter is simply dealt with with: "When Rob left the band we needed to find another drummer", with no reason whatsoever as to why he left the band in the first place.

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Too much time is taken up hearing anecdotes from fans mainly from the US and Germany expressing their love of the band and live versions of songs that are played in their entirety which would've been better saved for disc 2 thus making the documentary flow at a much faster rate.

Lars Ulrich speaks fondly and in depth of his time with Raven as a fan and the tour the two bands did together. Dee Snider sums Raven up the best right at the end of the film by saying: "People talk of the Big 4 of thrash, but really there was 5 and Raven are at Number 1."

Hardcore Raven fans will love it, but anyone with a curious interest is advised to beg, steal or borrow... or better still, just buy any of the first three albums and crank them up...

Watch until you drop!




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12.7.13



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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