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  19th May 2010



Formed in 2005 in Belfast by vocalist Harv (John Harbinson), Stormzone recorded their debut album soon after and secured a deal with UK Rock label Escape Music who released 'Caught In The Act' in 2007. The album was also released by Avalon/Marquee in Japan in the same year.

The album was a superb hard rock record was also essentially a 'studio' band album with Harv and friends playing all instruments. The cover artwork for 'Caught in the act' was painted by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Rodney has also contributed the artwork for the new Stormzone album 'Death Dealer'.

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It was not until later in 2007 that the full Stormzone line-up was formed, essentially to tour in promotion of the debut album with all the musicians being from Belfast. Most had previously played in local bands except drummer Davy Bates. He was the sticks-man for legendary Belfast band 'Sweet Savage' (immortalized when Metallica covered their 'Killing Time' opus as the 'B side of 'The Unforgiven').

For two years Stormzone were on the road playing in Europe including support slots with Y&T, White Lion, Tesla, George Lynch, and LA Guns. They also achieved Festival dates such as Firefest (UK), Sweden Rock, Lorca Festival (Spain), Zrock (UK) and Raismesfest (France) before re-entering the studio in the summer of 2009 to record their second album.

Stormzone attracted many friends with the debut album including admiration from legendary producer/DJ Neal Kay who saw in the band the same early signs of stardom shown by another group he discovered, Iron Maiden! With the band playing live constantly they inevitably hardened up their sound so the new recordings came out much more aggressive than the first album but still kept the quality, melody and harmony of before. Co-produced by Neal Kay the new album was finished towards the end of 2009.

The recordings were sent by Davy Bates to Jess Cox, the M.D. of Metal Nation Ltd. Jess is the original Tygers Of Pan Tang vocalist and previous owner of Neat Records who also recorded the 'Killing Time' Sweet Savage album ten years earlier. He was so impressed he offered to manage the band immediately and shortly afterwards licensed the new album to SPV/Steamhammer in Germany.

The new album 'Death Dealer' was released in Europe on April 26th 2010 and in Germany on April 23rd 2010.

Here's the promo video for 'The Legend Carries On'.

'Death Dealer' Track listing :

Death Dealer
Secret Gateway
The Memory Never Dies
The Legend Carries On
Wasted Lives
Stand Up And Fight
The Chosen One
World Of Sorrow
The Greatest Sacrifice
Final Journey

Line Up : (Left to Right on above picture)




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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