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27th February 2012


Outloud's history dates back originally to Athens, Greece in 2004, when a young Tony Kash first starts taking guitar lessons from one Bob Katsionis of the band Firewind. Chandler Mogel (from the US, and then in Talon) is contacted and immediately flown in from New York to record vocals at Bob's studio and in an amazing three days, the three of them have recorded a bunch of songs that surprises even themselves!

Jason Mercury, Tony's best friend, is given the position of bass player straight away, while Bob calls his then band mate (and now Tainted Nation skin-beater) Mark Cross, to get behind the kit.

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And, thankfully, that wasn't the end of the story. In September 2008 the band could be found ensconced in Basement Studios locally recording their debut album. Mixed and mastered by none other than Tommy Hansen (Helloween, TNT, Pretty Maids), the album was described by the press as, "a mixture of Riot's 'Fire Down Under', Skid Row's debut, and TNT's 'Tell No Tales'. Entitled 'We'll Rock You To Hell And Back Again' it was released (through Frontiers) in August 2009 – with the only change being Sverd T. Soth (ex Bare Infinity), who replaced Mercury shortly after the release. Justifiably, rave reviews worldwide followed and the album ended up on many Top Ten Lists, even hitting the No.1 slot of Best Album Of The Year in the notoriously hard to crack BW&BK.

Both singles ('We Run' and 'Tonite' (2010), went on to garner well over 100,000 views on Youtube, and proved so successful that the band regularly topped the Greek charts; with 'We Run' ranked No.3 in the Greek Metal Hammer 2009 reader's poll, as well as being on regular rotation on MTV, the band had arrived

Outloud not only proved themselves in the studio though. Having successfully headlined at home in December '09 and appeared on National TV in front of more than one million viewers, the band has since developed into a formidable live act with 10 headlining shows already under their belt last year, two festival headliners spanning five different cities, and a slot opening for Twisted Sister in Athens last Summer.

But, what of the future? Well, it's all looking good so far. Having released their AOR Heaven debut last July, the band now prepares to take to the world stage again in celebration of dates at home. Entitled 'More Catastrophe' and recorded in the Fall of 2011 with the production team of Katsionis and Tommy Hansen again involved, this band are on the cusp once again of success throughout Europe.

Including a Flamenco version of the magnificent 'Falling Rain', which was such a highlight of the last album, the band now announce the release of 'More Catastrophe', a six-song EP which contains three brand new songs plus the band's Christmas single 'Last Days Of December' and a piano and vocals version of the great single that began it all, 'We Run'. The EP will be available at their upcoming shows in Greece, as well as in stores and digitally across Europe via AOR Heaven.

Says Chandler of the reasons behind the release; "We wanted to give the fans a little something extra this time around. These songs pick up where the last album left off and at the same time serve as a road sign as to where we're going. Hopefully this will hold everyone over until the third album is ready, which we're currently starting work on."

'More Catastrophe' will also be available via the band's official website;



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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