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sam hayler

A novelist, musician, actor and Heavy Metal fanatic, I've always been looking for more ways to challenge myself as an individual and performer.

Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Megadeth – just a few names of many that set me on course for Heavy Metal bliss. The thundering drum fills, God-like screams and harmonious melodies took one un-confident teenager and turned him into someone who didn't give a damn.

And the deeper I dived into the scene, the more transfixed I became by the lifestyle and ethics. Metal wasn't just a loud and heavy sound (as I'd previously believed), it was a culture in which respect and love were of the highest priority. This of course excludes the "emo" or "core" bands, many of which have created a damaging image for the genre.

In a world where Metal has become associated with greasy fringes, stretched ears and self-harm, I hope that I can do my part to remind people of Metal's true intentions and the bands that put their life and soul into making art.

Saying that, I never antagonise or judge others for their musical taste, as people who do are equally as damaging to the way in which our beloved culture is seen. Listen to what you want, love what you love – just don't kick up a hissy fit about it.

I'll be reviewing bands of the traditional and extreme categories most frequently and contribute what I can to offer a unique insight into upcoming music. Peace, ~ SH

20th October 2015: Korn Are Here To Stay
3rd June 2015: Coal Chamber: Brighton Concorde 2
4th April 2015: Mordenial: 'Where The Angels Fall'
3rd March 2015: Toledo Steel: 'Zero Hour' EP
12th February 2015: Caelestia: 'Beneath Abyss'



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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