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Newcastle based Metal band Def Con One are gaining a solid reputation and are building a solid fanbase thanks to some high profile festival appearances over the last couple of years, not to mention hitting the road on their own headlining tour.

Their second album, the appropriately titled 'II', continues where its predecessor 'Warface' left off. If you're a fan of heavy music, then this is one band that you should be listening to.

'H8 Ball' (see what they did there?) kicks things off with a solid guitar riff from Johnny Hunter while drummer Antton Lant plays a solid but understated beat while vocalist Davey Meikle takes centre stage with what can only be described as an immense vocal line. You have to be supremely talented to pull of the kind of vocal performance that he does here and all credit to him for it - a great Metal voice and some blood curdling screams thrown in for good measure!

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'Soul Possessed' shows the bands mellower side with just a simple guitar/voice intro but this being Def Con One, things are rarely what they seem as the main riff piles in along with thundering drums and a solid bass line courtesy of Steve Miller. The chorus sections are much slower but without sacrificing any of the heaviness. The chorus is insanely catchy which means it'll be running round your head for quite a while afterwards - great stuff.

One of my favourite tracks on the album is 'Debt To Society' which has a funkier guitar riff than some of the other tracks here, but it's still under pinned by the heaviness of the drums and bass line which just work together so well. Lant shows his skill as he sets about trying to demolish his drum kit with some great, heavy duty playing whilst Meikle gives another great vocal performance. The chorus is short and catchy and it'll be interesting to see how this would translate in a live situation - very well I suspect.

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'Die Again' is something of a change from the norm, however, and is one of the bands most accomplished numbers here if not in their career so far. Starting of with a simple tuneful guitar intro and a simple drum pattern is an unusually sedate start from the band. Meikle's voice is still strong but the feeling he puts into the track is clearly audible and makes for a haunting performance from him.

Don't get me wrong, this ain't no ballad as you can tell when the main guitar riff kicks in, but it doesn't mean this song is out of place at all - it deserves to be here on its own merits. The track builds and builds reaching a crescendo in its final stages before Meikle's song vocals revert to a solitary whispered phrase (simply repeating the title) that ends up barley audible at the end. A truly outstanding song and very much the crowning glory of the album. Top marks all round.

H8 Ball
Soul Possessed
Scarred For All
Debt To Society
Skinhead Shaped Dent
Need A Reason
Die Again
Damned Disgrace
Drag Me To Hell

You can hear the track 'Soul Possessed' here:

You can catch Def Con One live here:
Friday 2nd May - Sunday 4th May - Rad-Fest, Powys
Friday 11th July - Sunday 13th July - Out of the Ashes Festival, Ellesmere Port

Def Con One are:
Davey Meikle – Vocals
Johnny Hunter – Guitar
Steve Miller – Bass Guitar
Antton Lant – Drums

Def Con One Online:
Official Website:

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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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