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12th September 2011


At the dawn of Finntroll's Heidenfest headlining tour with their label mates Turisas (see tour dates below), the Finnish Metal marauders will release a special tour edition of their last album 'Nifelvind'.

The Digipak tour edition comes in new artwork by the band's guitarist Skrymer and an extra CD including three brand-new cover versions: 'Insects' (Oingo Boingo), 'Can You Forgive Her?' (Pet Shop Boys) and 'The God That Failed' (Metallica). The cover versions were recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Finntroll and Nino Laurenne.

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Henri 'Trollhorn' Sorvali comments; 'Insects' (Oingo Boingo): "Because we don't know how to play funky horn sections, we replaced them with Kazoos and various squeaky bladders. And instead of slap bass, we slapped the crap out of various ethnic percussions. Now - when an uncivilized brute in a Finntroll-shirt will ask you what the living insect is this Oingo Boingo, you can always answer 'it´s the band Finntroll made famous by doing a cover version of one of their songs'.

"No, there is absolutely nothing else in this band worth mentioning, trust me. No famous composers, orchestrators or anything used to play in this band. No huge world tours, movie soundtracks, stunning videos, incredible visuality, nothing. This band or none of its members other works have never affected Finntroll anyway, and I strongly suggest you to not ever check it out and stick with Slayer instead." The 2010 album 'Nifelvind' was hailed by the international press as Finntroll's best album to date:

'Nifelvind' – Tour edition 2CD in Digipak with slipcase will be released on Monday September 26th 2011.

FINNTROLL, TURISAS + Alestorm, Arkona, Trollfest, Skalmöld

30.09.2011 (DE) Geiselwind - Music Hall *
01.10.2011 (DE) Gießen - Hessenhallen *
02.10.2011 (DE) Berlin - Postbahnhof *
03.10.2011 (PL) Warsaw – Stodola
04.10.2011 (PL) Krakow - Studio
05.10.2011 (DE) Hannover - Faust
06.10.2011 (DE) Hamburg - Markthalle
07.10.2011 (DE) Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn *
08.10.2011 (DE) Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle *
09.10.2011 (NL) Tilburg - 013 *
10.10.2011 (NL) Leeuwarden - Romein
11.10.2011 ( UK ) London - HMV Forum (TURISAS headlining)
12.10.2011 (FR) Lille - Aeronef
13.10.2011 (CH) Pratteln - Z7
14.10.2011 (DE) Munich - Backstage
15.10.2011 (DE) Leipzig - Hellraiser
16.10.2011 (BE) Antwerp - Trix
17.10.2011 (DE) Lindau - Vaudeville
18.10.2011 (IT) Bologna - Estragon
19.10.2011 (SI) Ljubljana - Cvetlicarna Mediapark
20.10.2011 (HU) Budapest - Club 202
21.10.2011 (AT) Vienna - Arena
22.10.2011 (AT) Linz - Posthof
23.10.2011 (AT) Innsbruck - Hafen
* + Wintersun, Dornenreich & Todtgelichter



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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