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Epic Studios, Norwich
30th September 2013




Tonight sees the first of six UK dates in the middle of a month long tour around Europe for three Nordic bands, and although I initially went to the wrong venue, I eventually made it to the correct venue just in time for the first band on the bill.

The correct venue, Epic Studios, is fantastic! An actual TV studio with a plethora of lights and rigging, proper TV cameras on stands in the back corners and hand helds all feeding side of stage screens; really kool.

The screens weren't really necessary as this was a modest sized venue but they can also do live streams and film for DVD. Easy access off the ring road, rear parking, decent make-up/dressing rooms and although the music, typically, finished at 11pm the security didn't even start asking those who were still hanging around at the temporary bar to leave till midnight. Anyway back to the main event...

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Skálmöld, hailing from Iceland, took to the stage creating a wall of front men and straight away it was evident that this large room had a very small stage! The three guitarists, bass and keys only just had enough room literally standing shoulder to shoulder, but it made for an entertaining image and the guys were grinning throughout.

Taking no prisoners, battle cries of joy screamed out in between the Icelandic tales, certainly the more extreme band of the night successfully merging melodic black and death Metal with folk and power, waking up and warming the audience up brilliantly. It's great to see a band happy and having fun by playing their music, each musician equally talented and worthy of becoming the biggest band in Iceland, and hopefully big things to come outside of their homeland!


Týr, hailing from the Faroe Islands, kicked off with my favourite song of theirs, 'Hold The Heathen Hammer High'; absolutely fantastic, the music levels were pristine and clear and the vocals sounded fantastic! It wasn't too polished so that it sounded fake, there was still the live element there - though there was a backing track to the layers of the vocals so at times I did find it hard to tell what was live and what wasn't in the chorus - but that's just me being picky trying to work out who's doing which harmonies!

All in all it sounded great still, friendly banter in between tracks warmed you up to the band with their quips and anecdotes with a selection across back catalogue and new tracks. If you don't already love Týr, you will after seeing them!

Finntroll, hailing from Finland, donned the stage with new personas, now with big troll ears and dressed to impress! The band have grown into a tighter well oiled machine intent on playing hard to give the best performance possible. The audience had been kinda lacking in the energy - not to say they were stood there motionless and uninterested, there was some dancing but it took a cheeky telling off to get the crowd really moving (stop being so shy in small crowds people!)


Playing for an hour and a half I was impressed that the band kept the mix of music interesting and the time just flew by! The drums were solid as hell and the keys kept things quirky, Mathias has a rather interesting homemade mic, the bass has a wicked groove and the guitars were, well, just fantastic!

Not one single disappointment for the whole night, each band was stella in performance and quality. There should be no need to hesitate seeing any of these bands live but to see them all together - a chance not to be missed!

Interviews with each band to follow! Additionally, get in touch with Andy at Epic Studios (Norwich) for a wicked venue with awesome audio and visual setup!

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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.

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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