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1st February 2012


The Second Wave of British Heavy Metal was never going to arrive quietly onto the scene and Monument are more than happy to be waving the flag and making the noise!

Since signalling their arrival on the scene with a showcase and an unforgettable performance at the infamous CroBar last year, Monument have been working hard perfecting their sound, paying obvious tribute to their inspirations but also taking on the responsibility of ensuring this new wave has it's own identity.

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In the summer, they gave us teaser track, 'Rock The Night' featuring none other than Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest) on guitar that fulfilled this mission statement: it was bold, brash and British to the core. It was gritty yet merry, irrepresible in it's celebration of all that is Heavy Metal...

'fatal Attack' is the official single release from Monument and is taken from their debut EP due out later this year. I will warn you: once you play this song, it will be extremely difficult to shift. The passion of Peter Ellis' vocal will pull you in, they lyrics are unshakeable, and the drums and riffage will act like a Heavy Metal pace-maker...

What is equally exciting for this band is the recruitment of new guitarist (and fellow ex-member of White Wizzard!) Lewis Stephens who shares Ellis' musical vision for the project:

"Since working with Peter in White Wizzard, him and I developed a great bond and friendship, and from that worked well together musically. Ever since listening to 'Rock The Night' I knew Monument had great prospects, and I am honoured to be given the opportunity to play these great songs and to work with Peter again. I cant wait to get out on the road with the guys, and show the world what the 2nd wave of British Heavy Metal is all about!"

The single will be accompanied by a music video, in which Monument will be portraying an attack of the fatal kind... Ripper-style! Aside from the obvious title connection, Jack the Ripper was to many in the East End what Grimm Fairytales were to us; ever-present:

"I have been living in the East End of London for a very long time and I often find myself in some of the places that Jack The Ripper committed his murders so it was a very natural thing for me to write a song about him.

"Lyrical references to 'The Beast' and 'The Priest' upon the backdrop of London's East End, becomes more of a statement on what Monument is all about, as well as a tribute to the bands that have inspired us to play this type of music and to do things they way we do."



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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