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'Verden På Nakken, Venner I Ryggen'
(Indie Recordings)

Phil Kane

phil kane

oslo ess

Oslo Ess are big in Norway and very much the darlings of Norwegian radio. The band has had quite a meteoric rise since its inception in 2010, picking up a Norwegian Grammy nomination on the way and releasing a debut album, 'Uleste Bøker og Utgåtte Sko', in 2011.

'Verden På Nakken, Venner I Ryggen' (that's 'World At Your Neck, Friends In Back' to you and me guv) is the outfit's second release. Described as asphalt punk, it is a collection of short catchy pop punk songs that seem real familiar.

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The album is quite a mixed bag. It goes from the heads down Green Day lite clatter of 'Kakerlakkene' and 'God Morgen', through the motoring alt Americana of 'Är du som Jag?' and 'Caroline', to the light ska of 'Fritt Fram'. It's all very catchy and the album zips along in a pleasingly sunny fashion and you can tell why the radio gives the band so much air play.

'Verden På Nakken, Venner I Ryggen' is quite good in an inoffensive housewife pleasing way. It is not particularly original sounding being like the sort of stuff that was getting flogged around Brit clubs and concert halls thirty years ago.

The Norwegians may be enraptured by Oslo Ess but it is hard to see where they can go from there. 'Caroline' offers a clue, I suppose, with its hints of Springsteen and Graham Parker and to be fair there are not too many outfits like The Rumour around these days.

Just a thought.

And finally, one of this five piece, Einar Stenseng, is listed as playing tangents; what the hell is that? All in all, 'Verden På Nakken, Venner I Ryggen' is a pretty, breezy, anonymous though polished album that is nothing more substantial than nice.





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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