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London, Brixton Academy
5th November 2011


Metal warriors Manowar finally granted the wishes of their British fans by playing a highly successful and ear-splitting gig at the home of Metal in Birmingham late last March. Many were then later surprised when the American legends announced a full UK tour, including their first date in London since their legendary performance at the Marquee Club back in 1994. This was a gig that I was fortunate enough to attend, and it has remained in my Metal memory collective bank ever since. Since then, most Brits have had to became Manowar Road Warriors to witness the band live, playing large, grand-scale stage shows to the Europeon market where their Metal status is on a par with the heavyweights of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.


Tonight is Guy Fawkes night and the question on everyones lips is: will Manowar put on an explosive show that goes with a bang or will it be a sparkler that will soon fizzle out? To be honest, not the towering inferno shows that our European cousins get, but a night of pulsating Metal delivered by one of the most honest and faithful bands to the Metal crown.

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Us Brits like to smirk at the antics of Manowar, but no-one can deny the velocity of power the band give live on stage. Delving into the eponymous anthem 'Manowar', the band soon wipe the floor with tracks from their debut, 'Battle Hymns', an album in which Manowar have recently re-recorded with improved results.

The acoustics of the Brixton Academy are not the greatest at the best of times, but all four men still played on ten tonight. Eric Adams still has the Halfordesqe range of a much younger man. Joey DeMaio is poised like an eagle ready to swoop down on his prey as he holds a commanding stance.


No UK show would be complete without the dedication of 'Hail To England' and, after the interval, Manower show why they are the kings with some jaw-dropping Metal despite the lack of many favourites. 'Hail And Kill' is exhilaratingly awesome. This is the track that men need to commence battle with. Fists are raised and voices heard for 'Warriors Of The World United'.

Manowar have displayed a show of real text book heavy Metal, which demands that wimps and posers should most certainly leave the hall. They are the Kings Of Metal who, on this show, have left us blood-hungry a for a whole lot more. They've done the one-off date, the UK tour, now let's see a UK Festival appearance where Manowar can slay the masses.


Dath Tone
Metal Daze
Fast Taker
Shell Shock
Dark Avenger
Battle Hymn
Brothers Of Metal Pt 1
Hail To England

Hand Of Doom
Call To Arms
Thunder In The Sky
Hail And Kill
Warriors Of The World United
Kings Of Metal
Black Wind, Fire & Steel




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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