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'Let It Loose'
(Cargo Records)
Release Date: 18th November 2013

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Dogstate from London could be aptly described as high energy, garage fuelled rock for the masses with a twist of the blues for added good measure. Having released their debut EP 'War Baby' with uber-producer Pat Collier (Primal Scream, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Vibrators) they received great reviews and airplay on radio stations.

Now comes the full debut album, 'Let It Loose', where the full extent of their capabilities can be heard in full. Having seen their live show I'm expecting good things from them.

Opening track 'Never Enough' starts with a guitar helter skelter and the thundering of drums and pummelling bass. Rich's vocals remind me so much of a certain iconic frontman for which you will need to make your own mind up. It's the kind of song that you want to turn up loud and groove to lots.

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What follows could only be described as sonic rock n roll, various influences merged into their own style. 'Tide' has the energy and groove, think a good drinking lyric about wanting to stay for more and the long way to get back.

'Black 13' slows the pace down a little, but manages to still have the desired effect while 'Pwgg' is a good interlude to 'Southern Song' with its catchy chorus and harmonica laden vibe.

The highlight for me is 'I Fall' as it really brings the vocals to life even more for me, and confirms my thoughts as to the haunting similarity of Rich and Ian Astbury in vocal style.

I would definitely say that 'Let It Loose' grows on you the more that you play it. A great effort and a band that should be seen live as well.

Never Enough
Gallows (Fall In Line)
Black 13
Southern Song
Right On
I Fall
Last Chance
Eye On You

Dogstate are:
Rich Garcia - Vocals
Paul Garcia - Bass
Wayne Casserly - Drums
Rich Groom - Guitar







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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