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  LAWLESS
'Rock Savage'


Natasha Judge

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Well August certainly turned out to be a rocking month for me; Cambridge Rock Festival, some cracking covers bands all involved in the wonder that is Rhodes Rock, the Classic Rock Show at Chepstow Castle (what a venue that is!) and some excellent originals bands, including a very well attended launch gig in Stoke for one of the best new bands I have seen for a while.

Lawless – a four piece rock band formed by Paul Hume and Neil Ogden (Demon) in 2012 and joined by Howie G (Persian Risk/Howie G Revue) and Josh 'Tabbie' Williams, recently released their first album across Europe and Japan, entitled 'Rock Savage'.

The album is, quite frankly, excellent and within seconds of hearing the opening track, 'Heavy Metal Heaven', I was reminded of exactly why I fell in love with rock music in the 80s. The riffs, the melodic vocals, all underpinned by great bass lines and driving drums combine to deliver a collection of eleven pieces of art (twelve if you get the Japanese version).

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The lyrics are often easy to identify with, and seemingly unusually these days not full of mindless, unnecessary four letter words. Vocally Paul Hume makes it all sound so effortless, melodic yet powerful and just classically rock and roll.

Barely a song goes by that doesn't have a riff that leaves you wondering "How the hell does he play that?" Of course with the very talented Howie G on lead guitar it's made to look easy, though I'm pretty sure it isn't! The guitar solo in 'S.O.S' is a particular favourite and leaves the hairs on the back of your neck on end.

Of course some tracks simply stick in the mind much more than others and that will all be down to personal taste and opinion. However, 'Where Heroes Fall' is a rock ballad that I defy any female (sorry boys, I'm sure some of you will enjoy it too) not to fall in love with.

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For me it's up there with those performed by the David Coverdale's, Jon Bon Jovi's and Joe Elliot's of this world, though it isn't a 'love' song in the traditional, 'Love Bites', 'Always', 'Is This Love' way.

'Metal Time' just takes me back to my school days! The opening 'speech' was delivered in my direction on a number of occasions and I bet I am not the only one!

Given that 'Rock Savage' is a debut album and the gig was a debut performance the crowd was amazing, certainly no playing to one man and his dog in a dodgy pub somewhere. Of course with the musicians involved there is an element of an existing fan base, but Lawless are very different to Demon, Persian Risk or Headrush and I would expect that the fan base will increase rapidly in time for their next gig on 7th November at the Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent.

There is a reason that classic rock is still so popular; the riffs, the vocals, the tunes all combine to leave a lasting memory and a sense of enjoyment that you don't find so often these days. Whilst I can appreciate the modern day bands and enjoy Heavy Metal nothing will ever match those phenomenal bands of the 70s and 80s. This however comes close.

Visit www.lawlessofficial.com to have a listen and of course buy the album; you won't be disappointed.




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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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