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The prospect of seeing Last In Line was for me interesting enough, but I thought that due to the venue curfew being quite early that they wouldn't have a support band at all, however, I was wrong and was delighted to find that the support band was none other than Sweet Savage.

In retrospect, it's an obvious choice as Last In Line guitarist Vivian Campbell played in the band before leaving to join Dio, but Sweet Savage was a band that I'd never quite managed to catch live before, so I settled myself beside the bar as their set began to a good reception from the audience.

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The band had played with Last In Line the previous night in Belfast and were right on the money with singer/bass player, Ray Hallers Irish charm on display from the very beginning as he commented "[Glasgow is the] same crowd as Belfast, just with different accents". This proved to be something of an ice-breaker with the crowd before the band got down to the serious business of playing.

With time limited, the band performed a short but very entertaining set. Using the occasion to plug their most recent album, 'Regeneration', they presented four cuts from that proving that they don't need to lean too heavily on their past to keep the attention of the audience. Indeed second song in, 'Powder Monkey', had the crowd helping out with the chorus and a couple of head bangers down the front just added to the atmosphere.

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Of the newer material, it was 'No Guts No Glory' that seemed to get the best reception. It's a fast and frantic number which had guitarist Simon McBride slowing the pace slightly during the guitar solos before the song picked up again during the verses. I missed the album on its release, but will certainly be checking it out after this solid performance.

The track 'Killing Time' predictably gets the biggest cheers of the night as it was famously covered by Metallica in 1991, and McBride played a truly spellbinding solo, and a great end to their standard set.

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The band managed to sneak in an extra song – an old favourite, 'Whiskey In The Jar' – which gets the room moving, especially during the choruses. There's no shortage of support for Sweet Savage in Glasgow and I for one would welcome the chance to see them back in the city again sooner rather than later.

Set List:
Powder Monkey
No Guts No Glory
Killing Time
Whiskey in the Jar

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Sweet Savage are:
Ray Haller – Vocals/Bass Guitar
Simon McBride – Guitar
Phil Edgar – Guitar
Marty McCloskey – Drums

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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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