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'17th Street'
(Metal Blade Records)

Johnny Main

daryl soar

Hammer of Misfortune's fifth full-length album (and their first for Metal Blade Records) once again mixes progressive, folk, doom and power Metal to produce an album that is a unique listen.

hammer of misfortune 17th street

The majestic start of '317' is followed by the title track with its solid backbeat (supplied by drummer Chewy Marzolo who has recently returned to the band) and a chunky guitar riff and keyboards from Sigrid Sheie that wouldn't look out of place on a Rush or a Dream Theatre album.

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'The Grain' follows next which is one of the album's outstanding tracks and it demonstrates that this band can do catchy tunes (even with less than upbeat lyrics) that can turn into seven minute epics!

The slower paced 'Staring (31st Floor)' gives way to the more upbeat piano based 'The Day The City Died' which Cobbett explains is about how different life in a big city in the United States (specifically his hometown of San Francisco) is now compared to how it used to be.

Sheie again displays her keyboard talents in the lyrically downbeat but excellently performed 'Summer Tears' which with its almost Queen-like harmonies in the chorus is another of the album's stand-out tracks. The album's final closing tracks 'Grey Wednesday' and 'Going Somewhere' round off an excellent album.

'17th Street' is available now on CD (3-panel digi-pack) and 180 gram double gatefold vinyl.


17th Street
The Grain
Staring (The 31st Floor)
The Day the City Died
Romance Valley
Summer Tears
Grey Wednesday
Going Somewhere

Band Members:

Joe Hutton: Vocals
John Cobbett: Guitar
Leila Abdul-Rauf: Guitar, Vocals
Sigrid Sheie: Keyboards, Flute, Vocals
Max Barnett: Bass Guitar
Chewy Marzolo: drums





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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