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'Any Man In America'
(Up/Down Records)
Out Now

Johnny Main

daryl soar

Multi-platinum alternative rockers Blue October return to the limelight with the release of 'Any Man In America' (the first on their own label, Up/Down Records) which, once again, delivers an album packed with quality tunes.

The album was conceived and written by Justin Furstenfeld about his emotional journey through divorce and the subsequent custody battle over his daughter. So what you're getting, then, are thirteen tracks filled with raw emotion as he lays his personal life bare.

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Furstenfeld produces an incredible album despite the emotional turmoil that he went through and, although angry in some places, the album never descends into bitterness regarding his ex-wife, something that I'm sure would be all too easy to do.

There are several standout tracks on this release, with 'The Chills', 'The Feel Again', 'The Flight (Lincoln to Minneapolis)' and the title track amongst those that should be highlighted. The production is very good (the album was co-produced by Furstenfeld and Tim Palmer, who's previously worked with U2, Pearl Jam and David Bowie), and this goes to show what a great band Blue October are becoming.


Everything (AM Limbo)
The Feel Again (Stay)
The Money Tree
For the Love
Drama Everything
The Chills
The Flight (Lincoln To Minneapolis)
Any Man in America
You Waited Too Long
The Honesty
The Getting Over It Part
The Worry List
The Follow Through

Band Members:

Justin Furstenfeld: vocals, guitar
Matt Noveskey: bass, guitar
Jeremy Furstenfeld: drums, percussion
Ryan Delahoussaye: violin, keyboard, mandolin




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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