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10th October 2013




It's been three long years since I last went to Rock City so not only was I looking forward to returning to the hallowed ground, a staple in many a bands touring schedule, but I finally manage to catch Turisas live! How have I not managed before I hear you ask? I honestly have no idea; they even played Download festival this year!

Anyhoo, A pleasant surprise to see the support acts on this short tour, Astrohenge and Revoker! I first caught the former in a little pub in Shoredich about four or so years ago and I was mightily impressed back then, so how were they tonight? Bloomin awesome I tell ya!

Astrohenge are an instrumental outfit leaning in the progressive end of the scale but with large doses of Heavy Metal and underlying tones of doom. Building a wall of sound flows effortlessly from their energy and the four peace waste no time tearing up the stage.

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Revoker I have only heard of by name so, good to be introduced to something new. The southern rockers from Wales stood tall and strong and you know what, for any band touring the UK, this is THE band to have as main support. Apart from the grade A quality of rock, their performance was just spot on; gearing the crowd up, hard and loud rockin, no messing about. I like this band!

As for Turisas, well, what can I say. The early show didn't bother anyone, they still had an hour and half to play with in which they performed nearly the entire new album, 'Turisas2013'! Blended with three tracks from Battle Metal and many others in between it was a perfect mix of old and new, each track as greatly received as the others. The band stated that usually everyone is drunk by the time they end with 'Battle Metal', so instead they would play it in the middle of the set so that everyone can remember it and not fall over drunk!


I have to say that the Rock City crowd was pretty exceptional tonight, the hall was not rammed but audience just went for it in every single track, moshing, fist pumping, cheering, axe waving - and donned in enough red and black paint and viking armour to raise a small rebellious army! Even the oddly placed dance music from 2000 before the show didn't deter this crowd, amusingly bopping along to 'I'm Horny'!

The light show was pretty well choreographed too, not just your average flashing on the beat, well constructed sequences fitting the mood of the tracks, well done!

My personal highlight being 'Greek Fire' from the new album, powerful, loud, fast and outright awesome, I'm really glad they included it. And of course, who doesn't love 'Rasputin', the bands encore, the crowd went wild at this extended version. I've gotta say, the band didn't once loose pace and I was mightily impressed with the live vocals from the band, the five part harmony choir was big enough to rival any Welsh men.

At one point I thought there was a backing track but it turned out that even the drummer sang at points too! The only let down was that the band got the audience to sing a drinking song at each venue, Rock City failed! But to be fair, we don't really have drinking songs in this country - maybe this ought to be rectified!

In conclusion, I give whole hearted top marks for the whole night as I'm left thirsty for more!

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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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