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16th August 2011

hammerfest iv

Hammerfest IV... runic Metal mayhem launches its first five bands... Anthrax, Paradise Lost, Chimaira, Lawnmower Death, Fury UK...

Since the discovery of the multiple rune stones on the Northern shores of Norway, it has always been hard to believe the true meaning of that ancient runic inscription that marks out very clearly the birth of Hammerfest. To some it's a town in Norway but to the deeper readers, its origin is a Metal Valhalla.

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The Runes tell of the early days of Hammerfest's creation, as it was cast by the norns on that fateful day at the well of Urur (well of fate) three years past. Make no mistake, this tale is not one spun lightly by neither the norns themselves nor the Volva faces of their dark seidr Metal masters.

Quite possibly the Alfather has had his say as has the rest of the Norse Gods at Asgard, but one fact is for sure... when the Valkyries... our dark angels of death... march and lead the HF 'Oathsworn' to the next gathering for our Metal thing! will commence a sonic battle like none staged from this ancient world...

We can also be sure that when Mjolnir... Thor's decibels of pure FKN Heavy Metal at its best... then the human shield wall will be up and the heads of hair will be flying... from every distant land on the Norse Whale road... we will witness a holmgang of bands who will ignite the sacred flame and commence Hammerfest IV... The Hammer of Thor... Loud as FK!!... Masters of Metal...

Leading the charge will be none other than NYC's Metal Legends Anthrax who will be doing a special classics set as well as some super cuts from the forthcoming new album 'Worship Music' which is something of a nugget.

On the flank we have the UK dealers of Doom Paradise Lost who just seem to be growing year on year and will be doing what they do best at HF.

On a rare trip, we also welcome NWOAHM, Chimaira, who drop in from the US to dish out a selection of their notable Metal grooves.

Another UK classic band who will be doing three decades of their own special thrash are now back on the scene and it's with pride that Lawnmower Deth take the ranks in a line up that will rock the very foundations of Prestatyn.

Finally Manchester's Fury UK take up the rear in this first Hogs Snout of shields to call to arms the full HF 'Oathsworn'... Let the Battle begin...

VIP is all but gone, so if you want to get onboard, then ring Fleur on 08700 110034 or e-mail/FB her rapido. DC n Vet deals only last till 1st October or until we run out, whatever comes first.

Prices start from £116 per person (based on six people sharing a silver chalet).

The HF Oathsworn has been summoned. 0870 0110034

Pontins, Prestatyn Sands, North Wales
Dates: 16th and 17th March 2012
Thursday 15th March – Pre-Party



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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