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Take a trip back in time with 'Sat-urn', the follow up to the self titled 2010 debut release from Shinin' Shade, the progressive, psychedelic, stoner/doom rock five piece from Parma, Italy.

The band has seen a few line-up changes since their formation in 2005, the most significant being the addition of Jane Esther-Collins who joined the band as lead vocalist, one of their best decisions.

They take their influences from bands like Grand Funk Railroad, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Pentagram and Electric Wizard, so musically it is very much a down tuned, stoner, psychedelic, throw back sound and I felt like I had travelled back in time as I listened, the only giveaway that I was still in the twenty – first century was the high quality of the production.

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Although there's nothing new to their sound, what they do they do well and Jane Esther-Collins' vocals are very good, rich, quite deep at times, very powerful and with a great range and very listenable. I am not normally a fan of female vocals but I do like these.

The musicianship is good also, I loved the down-tuned, doom laden bass from Roger Davis, which was the highlight of the album for me and often it took on a rather appealing, sleazy groove.

There are seven tracks and all are over five minutes long so you need pace yourself. There was no stand out track for me, I found myself drifting along with the music and had to keep checking where I was, track wise, although in many ways, this epitomises my idea of the nature of this genre, so they must be doing something right and the album is fully listenable across all the tracks, no need to get out of the comfy chair to skip a track.

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Opening on 'Our Time And Space', a track that's so laid back it's practically horizontal until midway through and the pace quickens briefly and takes on a strong psychedelic edge before levelling out again.

The album maintains pretty much the same pace and tempo throughout, with a few nice solos in places particularly towards the later end of 'Through The Wires Of Your Mind' and at the early part of 'Keyhole/Inner Saturn', a track also where Jane Esther-Collins' vocals can be appreciated at their best, for range and execution, brilliantly offset against the mega distorted and doom laden bass work.

There's a super slow, darkly doom laden opener on 'Over-Sea Nightmares'. On 'Nowhere Dimension' the sleazy riff that kept popping up in at the beginning caught my ear and 'Denied Lovers' has nice discordant edge at times and more super sleazy bass work.

The final track 'Epic Talking' pulls you back out of the reverie you may have slipped into with a lighter feel to its construct, it's slightly more prominent in the drum department and not the same heavy groove found on the previous tracks, but still maintaining a hypnotic quality to the sound.

This is not a motivational album to put on your MP3 player for a trip to the gym but from a chill-ax perspective it ticks all the boxes, just press the play button and drift. 'Sat-urn' should appeal to fans of the previously mentioned, influential bands or to anyone with a penchant for a bit of psychedelic stoner rock.

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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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