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'For The Kingdom' EP
Release Date: 23rd May 2014

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus


I'm not going to lie to you; I truly adore the self-titled debut album by these guys.

Retaining melody and powerful arrangements with those fantastic and experienced lead vocals by Michael Kiske, what's not to love when you set that 2012 album to spin?! (That's a rhetorical question just so you know).

So here we are confronted by the first taster from their newly recorded sophomore album, currently untitled or at the very least hidden from the general public.

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The title track of this EP is melodic and yet a little fierce than what was received with their self-titled debut album a couple of years ago. 'You Come Undone' is also a studio-based recording and is clearly labelled as an exclusive track for this extended player.

Both of these studio recordings bode well for the forthcoming second studio outing as they possess all the strengths that fans of classic-era Helloween or the Unisonic debut album would wish for. Knowing how many Metal fans go "ga-ga" over the double-bass, Unisonic deliver without any shame to these upbeat and yet refined songs.

The four live recordings added here are very interesting if you missed any of their live shows. Opening with their namesake as the crowd fades into earshot, they're accompanied by the well known classical piece 'Ride Of The Valkyries originally composed by Wagner, before some snippets of popular monologue including a segment of the narrative adopted by Guns N'Roses during the beginning of 'Civil War'.

Once the band is loose to run riot, the live rendition of 'Unisonic' is solid and well delivered. You'd expect little else from a band made up of Kai Hansen, Dennis Ward, Mandy Meyer and Kosta Zafiriou. The sustain located at the tail end of 'Unisonic' travels directly into soft cymbal counting in 'Never Too Late'. This is another good quality recording capturing a familiar track from their debut being pummelled to an adoring audience.

'Star Rider' and 'Souls Alive' are also given the live recording treatment and will be familiar to those who possess the debut album, and even more so with 'Souls Alive' being shared in demo form on the band's 'Ignition' debut EP as well.

The artwork is cool providing potential clues to what is to be expected in July when they unveil album number two. The presentation hints at possible “Steam Punk” imagery which raises expectation and suspicion.

Time will naturally tell whether this is to be true or just a red herring. All we do know at this junction, is the band are content as a unit and they have delivered a solid six-tracker which promises positive results when the next album is eventually released.

For The Kingdom
You Come Undone
Unisonic [Live]
Never Too Late [Live]
Star Rider [Live]
Souls Alive [Live]





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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