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'Motherlode' EP
(Lode Music)

Johnny Main

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Occasionally here at MetalTalk towers, we get sent CDs from unsigned bands for us to review and even more occasionally, one of the CDs turns out to be a revelation – with the 'Motherlode' EP being one such disc.

Not being familiar with the band before, a bit of investigation reveals that the band are a formidable three piece from Milton Keynes who have been around since 2000 and have been getting a good live reputation through high profile support slots to established acts as ex-Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, Focus and Wishbone Ash.

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Although it's a mere three tracks long, this EP is just fantastic from start to finish. 'Trouble Coming' is probably my favourite track of the three and kicks things off with a doomy almost Black Sabbath sound (think 'Master Of Reality') before Graham Fieldhouses' vocals drop into the mix and suddenly the track takes on a different light entirely.

His voice is soft and tuneful, in the vein of Paul Rodgers, and the slow moody track just oozes quality with it's easy to remember chorus. Simon Alexander breaks things up with an astounding guitar solo that just stretches and stretches before the vocals come back into the mix. An absolutely stunning track that certainly makes it onto my play list for August 2013.


So what are the other two tracks like, I hear you ask? Well, unsurprisingly, they are just as good. 'Holy Water' is a more mid-paced track than the previous one with its catchy guitar hook from Alexander not to mention another supreme guitar solo, whilst Neil McBride holds the rock steady beat on the drums in the background. I pretty much guarantee that after only a couple of listens, this song will be reverberating round your head - catchy doesn't even begin to describe it.

Tempo-wise the final track, 'Losing Balance' is a track that places itself firmly in between the previous two tracks and it's another solid song which showcases the bands individual talents. A slight effect to Fieldhouses' vocals gives it a slightly strange sound, but you tend not to notice it too much by the time the songs is finished.

Again, McBride holds a solid beat on drums whilst also showing his skill with a couple of short fills whilst the guitar riff from Alexander blends nicely into his solo, which again, is just fantastic.

This is certainly a band I will be keeping on eye on in the future, and if you like a bit of classic rock, I highly recommend that you give these guys a listen.


Trouble Coming
Holy Water
Losing Balance

You can catch Motherlode live here:
Friday 6th September –The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes (supporting Pearl Handled Revolver)
Friday 18th October – Blakeney Harbour Room (supporting Julian Sas)
Friday 6th December – The Musician, Leicester (supporting Larry Miller)

Motherlode are:
Graham Fieldhouse – Bass/Vocals
Simon Alexander –Guitar
Neil McBride – Drums

Motherlode 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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