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Rock City, Nottingham
8th October 2013



kobra and the lotus

I hadn't looked to see who the support was for this gig as I like to be surprised by talent and it usually works out well. Tonight was no exception as hard rockers Santa Cruz took to the stage and rocked the hell out of it. Where the hell have they come from?!

Well, apart from Finland, I don't know, I'm out of the loop on this one but they drew in a good crowd. Celebrating the glam and hard elements of rock, Santa Cruz are on par with Reckless Love, also from Finland, but not quite as cheesy, more in line with JettBlack.

Big hair, big sound and big rock, the guys jumped the bar, danced around and sang their hearts out. I have to admit though, with three of them having long blonde hair and the drummer with a head mic, we did have a little giggle that they were the hard rock version of Hanson.

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Kobra And The Lotus took no time messing about changing over and I almost missed the start of their set! New additions to the lineup and a temporary guitarist, with the visa of their own Peruvian guitarist not granted, axe duties were taken up by Swede, Alex Carlgård, who had four days to learn! Additionally, bassist Brad Kennedy only had a month, boy this is hard work to keep on top of who's in the band!

Anyway, back to the music. You would have thought they'd all been playing together for years as they were as tight as hell. Riffalific, hard hitting, powerful and all out entertaining. If you want Metal, you've got it and KATL hold no bars in giving it their all, balls to the floor, pedal to the Metal, raucous Heavy Metal.

kobra and the lotus

A new track shows us the band still have plenty to give and I think the band will always evolve. Which is great in avoiding a stalemate of being stuck to the one sound you're known for. If you can get away with developing and continually progressing your sound forward then it's certainly worth going for.

Of course, we all know Paige has a strong and powerful voice, enough to match Bruce, Biff and Doogie and tonight was no let down, but there were some mic issues that didn't quite pick up the softer vocals that are nice to hear from a female vocalist.

kobra and the lotus

Lord Griffin was as solid as ever and had a left-field dance drum solo, a nice touch that wasn't pretentious but just gave a nice break of diversity, and I tell you what, the bass kicked out one hell of a beat thundering through the air!

But the guitars, woah, twiddlemiesters for sure! The solo's were epic and glided into place like a hot knife through butter, outstanding and seamless.

What a night, for a band that seems to tour for most of the year and has been here every year for the last 3/4 I'm sure we've still got plenty more to see of Kobra And The Lotus.

As for Santa Cruz, I also can't wait for them to return in the future. Here's looking to the festivals!





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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