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'Beyond' is the eighth studio album from this German melodic power Metal quintet and finds them at the top of their game – again. And from the outset what an enjoyable release it is.

The band are centred around vocalist/guitarist Chris Bay (one of the nicest guys I've ever met and interviewed), while guitarist Lars Rettkowitz has been with them since 2005 while drummer Ramy Ali joined last year and seems to fit in perfectly.

Their other recent addition is the returning founder bassist Ilker Ersin. This coincides with a return to the band's earlier sounds,

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The immediate sound nods back to their magnum opus 'Crystal Empire' – the band have nodded towards thrash ('Dimensions') and gothic Metal ('Legend Of The Shadow King') and this returns to their far more melodic roots.

'Union Of The Strong' opens, gushing with layers of their trademark vocal harmonies, and a melodic riff punctuates the vocals. 'Knights Of Taragon' lyrically nods to early concepts and the intro adds a touch of a keyboard parp that Freedom Call do so well. 'Heart Of A Warrior' and 'Come On Home' are a little heavier, soaring in their own melodic way.

The title track (running to over seven minutes) opens acoustically and is lightly orchestrated – before drums and soaring vocals come in – this track lyrically and musically a follow on from the epic 'The Quest' from Crystal Empire.

There are some nods to more recent albums, some much heavier moments, 'Among The Shadows' for example; then there's 'Dance Off The Devil' with it's African rhythms. There's actually a touch of Scottish tribleness in there too.

Freedom Call are definitely on form and, as the press release states, one of the happiest bands around. This album proves why I'm such a big fan of this band – it is definitely uplifting and more melodic than any other power Metal band; headbanging with a smile and guaranteed to get you waving your sword in the air.

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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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