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(Rising Records)
Released: 12th December 2011

Phil Kane

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This lot are British, 'Legacy' is their second album and it is an absolute cracker. They've taken the big sound of classic American AOR, shot it through with a big hairy dose of traditional British heavy Metal and cranked the whole lot right up.


Mercifully, there is only one ballad - the rest of 'Legacy' motors along as if its life depended on it. I have heard this album compared to the likes of Icon and Tobruk, but it is too heavy, the polished production granting the album a chunky quality that had me initially thinking this lot were Australian.

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Think FM after a shag cracking off some Lizzy-style guitar harmony work and then turning it up and you will be pretty much in the right ball park. With the exception of the obligatory balladry of 'Seasons', 'Legacy' stomps along with the enthusiasm of a skinhead breaking in his new DMs.

For a killer track you could pick anything really, but the new single 'America' is excellent, as are 'Into The Fire' and 'Limit'. The ten-minute-plus epic, 'Stream Of Stars', allows the band to spread out a bit and some of the vocal work, despite very occasionally flipping into an irritating grunty doom thing, evokes the ghost of Queen. The musicianship overall is first class.

I do, however, have an issue with 'Legacy'. It's being released in Japan with two extra tracks. What's that all about then? What the fuck is so special about Japan? It is the sort of nasty little promotional trick that really annoys. That niggle aside, 'Legacy' is the second AOR album this week that could easily be a contender for the best I've heard this year.

Don't mess about, just get it.




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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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