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4th October 2011


2011 gets better and better for Dubai-based death metal act Nervecell with confirmation that they will open for Metal legends Metallica on home soil at the YAS Arena, Abu Dhabi on October 25th as part of the YAS Island Show Weekends.

Nervecell released their latest album, the critically acclaimed 'Psychogenocide', earlier this year and have just returned from a hugely successful run of European shows, including the prestigious Summerbreeze and Brutal Assault festivals.

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In early 2000 the United Arab Emirates witnessed the birth of Nervecell; a formidable Metal act, the likes of which was rarely to be seen in the Middle East, never mind Dubai, a cosmopolitan city that is predominantly saturated in mainstream music and chart topping acts.

While the band draws their influences from extreme metal acts like Morbid Angel, Deicide, Suffocation and Bolt Thrower, they also draw inspiration from classic metal bands, such as Pantera, Slayer, Testament, and Sepultura.

Ready and equipped to release their unique mixture of fast paced thrash and brutal death Metal, the band set their stall out to be the driving force behind the wave of Heavy Metal that was ready to explode out of the region.

The band have appeared across Europe and Australia, playing alongside Machine Head, Killswitch Engage, Kreator, Amon Amarth, Immortal, Motörhead, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Chimaira, As I Lay Dying, Deicide, Suffocation to name a few.

Nervecell have also graced the stages of a host of renowned Metal festival including Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, Wacken Open Air, With Full Force, Metal GDL, Mass Deathtruction, Way of Darkness Festival, Egypt Metal Festival 2007, Metalstock Festival, and Australian Road Rage Tour.

You can download 'Nervecell's fantastic new album 'Psychogenocide' for free by clicking here.



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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