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3rd October 2017

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Words: Andy Rawll

scream for me sarajevo

This is no ordinary concert movie, rather an extraordinary story of human spirit and the triumph through music over adversity.

In truth, this is not even a film about Bruce Dickinson or his band at the time, Skunkworks. This is a film about a country in turmoil, its people living in fear and the redemptive power of music as a unifying force for good.

Punctuated by harrowing footage of a city physically disintegrating through indiscriminate shell attacks and its fraught inhabitants, with nerves shredded by persistent sniper fire and senses dulled by the deafening cacophony of war, the film pulls no punches in portraying a once unified country in its death throes. Yet, the remarkable resilience of its proud people is in stark contrast to this macabre backdrop.

scream for me sarajevo

It's this defiant spirit that fuels the film and so impressed and humbled the band when they were presented with the prospect of performing in the eye of a bellicose hurricane. Entrusting their precarious safety to a chirpy UN officer, Major Martin Morris, and street smart security co-ordinator Trevor Gibson, the film mixes Lo-Fi footage from the short, borderline Balkan mad mission into the unknown with coverage from the protagonists return to a now peaceful, thriving and verdant land.

Yet throughout the focus remains on the local language interviews of those that lived through the profound darkness of four years and have finally seen their homeland return into the light. Bruce recounts a conversation with a local band where he enquired how they managed to practice, given the frequent and lengthy power cuts? Their response has the garrulous singer lost for words, given the beautiful eloquence of the reply that they played with their hearts so they didn't need power.

scream for me sarajevo

At the height of the concert, documented only by grainy fan footage, when Bruce unleashes his customary 'Scream for me...' exhortation, the resultant roar is seismic.

The pain, frustration and anguish of three years' unresolved and bloody conflict embodied in a cathartic bellow that in that one moment embodies the hopes and fears of a nation divided.

A compelling, engaging and sobering film with a Metal heart and a Slavic soul.

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You can read bassist Chris Dale's enthralling account of events in Scream For Me Sarajevo Pt 1 right here, Scream For Me Sarajevo Pt 2 here and Scream For Me Sarajevo Pt 3 here.

scream for me sarajevo

scream for me sarajevo

scream for me sarajevo

scream for me sarajevo



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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