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I've been waiting in anticipation for this album to arrive for a long time. Word on the street, in the bars of London and amongst the rock fraternity of journos of this project on how good Skyscraper are has been spoken about in hushed whispers for a long, long time.

Two years in the making and at long last I finally have a copy in my hands and it certainly has been worth the wait. The rumours have proved to be true as this debut album from Skyscraper is a breath of fresh air in the AOR melodic rock scene.

Skyscraper consist of UK and Scandinavian musicians including the talents of Norwegian guitarist Tor Talle who has previously worked with Joe Lynn Turner and Fergie Frederiksen, vocalist from the Black Country Lee Small, last heard with Shy and the lovable David Boyce who was last seen playing the four strings with the Quireboys after a lively past with both Airrace and Paul Samson's Empire. The drums are supplied by the Swedish guest Imre Daun.

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Produced by Martin Kronlund, Skyscraper have made a modern sounding album with their own inimitable style. The sound has a pompy yet rocking edge which reminds me of Canadian veterans Saga, especially in the guitar and drumming departments.

Yet with Lee Small's vocals full of clarity and finesse Skycraper have their own unique sound that cuts them above most modern day sounding AOR bands who try a little too hard on the North American sound. Skyscraper have a loose yet ragged feel that keeps the music uplifting and fresh.


'Monday Morning' is a fine example of what's on offer here, a mature stylish number which is the perfect slice you need to blow away the weekend's excessiveness before the slog of working five days of 9-5. If this track dosn't set you up in the right mood, then nothing will.

Other highlights include the dreamy ballad of 'Everybody Cries Sometimes' which is straight from the John Waite songbook, the divine 'Far Wray', the more up tempo 'Across The Barricades' plus the late night sublime groove of 'Sweet Little Sister'. The content on this entire album is of the highest order.

I certainly hope that Skyscraper can capitalize on the music made herein and put together some live dates because it would be a damn shame if Skyscraper ended up with cult status, i.e a fantastic album that sells bugger all because there was no live promotion behind it.

With the musicians scattered over different parts of Europe that can prove to be a problem but Skyscraper have certainly made an elevating album that deserves to go all the way to the top.

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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.

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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