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  SMOKEHEAD ROCKS TOUR: SWEDES ASSAULT ON THE UK WITH TAINTED NATION
1st August 2011

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NB: Glasgow date has now changed to Sunday 9th



Following the success of the Crashdiet and Houston tour package last Spring, a brand new tour from some of Sweden's finest melodic, sleaze and AOR bands will be rocking the UK this October, with tour shenanigans sponsored by Smokehead.

Sweden's Sencelled, Dynazty, Miss Behaviour and Electric Boys will be joined by the UK's Tainted Nation.

Sencelled - a Swedish four-piece rock band. Melody-driven rock with a twist of the power pop, Rick Springfield meets 90s era Green Day!

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Having just released their killer second album, 'Knock You Down', the Stockholm based Dynazty have a collection of storming melodic hard rock songs to showcase and are set to become one of the leading Swedish rock bands dominating the hard rock scene.

Tainted Nation is a new acquaintance within the Hard Rock genre with their debut album "F.E.A.R.". The band consists of Pete Newdeck (Eden's Curse), Ian Nash (Lionheart), Mark Cross (Tank, FireWind) and Pontus Egberg(The Poodles).

With their album 'Last Woman Standing' Miss Behaviour prove themselves to be a high-end melodic rock and AOR band, with quality production courtesy of Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering. Their songs range from classic 80s styled AOR anthems like '1988', 'Cynthia' and 'Emergency' to the harder edged Melodic Rock of 'Perfect War', featuring Roland Grapow's blistering guitar solo.

Electric Boys: "I saw them destroy a small club in Stockholm and it suddenly hit me that these guys could be a huge international band. They all looked great; Conny Bloom was possibly one of the greatest front men I'd ever seen. Not only did he look the part but his sense of stage craft and charisma was undeniably dazzling.

"Drummer Niklas Sigevall slammed into his kit like a mutant combination of John Bonham and Charlie Watts. Bassist Andy Christell cut a cool lean figure laying down a foundation that fused hard rock with the more melodic elements of funk – think 'Miss You' period Stones.

"Guitar wise, Conny Bloom off-loaded a constant barrage of wild Hendrix inspired leads whilst rhythm devil Franco Santunione cut not only another visual foil but also provided the oil and grease to make the engine work. It was like an explosion in a paint factory with appropriate musical accompaniment. I came home in a trance. Twenty years later and they are back. Timing, they say, is everything; this time the world might just have caught up with them. Let's hope so."

-Derek Oliver, Classic Rock

Tour dates;

October; 6 Liverpool/O2 Academy, 7 Grimsby/Yardbirds, 8 Nottingham/Rock City, 9 Glasgow/O2 Academy, 11 Sheffield/O2 Academy, 12 Islington/O2 Academy


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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