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  TOXIC FEDERATION
Derby, The Olde Bell
15th October 2011


Words & Pics: Daryl Soar

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This is the first time I've seen Toxic Federation and I'm sure it won't be the last. They are a band with a head of fantastic hair, a pocket sized bassist, over-sized racks of guitar equipment and most importantly, honest rock writing talent.

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A few days before this gig I was confused to find an ad for a new singer. I assumed the current one was planning to leave. In fact, the singer had left at a time that appears to have been chosen for maximum disruption. So what did we get in his place? The fantastic personality and voice of Steve Braund.

I was initially impressed by his t-Shirt that simply read 'Singer' but from the first note he showed why he was chosen for a stand in. With just ten days notice he did an admirable job of learning Toxic Federation's songs.

The band did fill their set with a number of covers that Steve apparently knew from his work in other bands. All I can say is that while he shone for Toxic Federation, he merely twinkled for the classic AC/DC and Iron Maiden tracks.

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My favourite moments belong to Steve. The first his plee; "Buy the new single or your a real fuck-knuckle", and later introducing the drum solo, "he's gonna pound away like a tramp on your mum".

While the memorable sparkles were down to Steve's character, no one could fault the playing. The songs came across well and are very well written. The band have clearly studied their art and are capitalising on it by producing well balanced rock that cuts through live.

A real rocking gig that given the controversy over the singer can't be faulted in any way.

17.10.11




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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