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22nd March 2012


After another full capacity show at The Intrepid Fox in Soho, three great bands are yet again going to kick ass! SED Records UK will be returning for a fourth time to host another one of their fantastic free-entry live rock music nights on Thursday 29th March 2012.

SED's hard rock outfit Hornet are returning once again for a night of rock n' roll mayhem by re-energising rock n' roll at its unpretentious best with a fusion of punk and Metal having been described as a 21 year-old AC/DC with Henry Rollins on vocals! Support comes strong with high quality bravado rockers The Burning Crows who play hard and well and Black State Highway, a band who plays classic rock riffs with a southern rock swagger.

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Headliners, Hornet, will show you why they have everybody talking about them! After rocking for three years with their catchy hard rockin' songs and take-no-prisoners approach to their live show, you will be sure to keep your head banging until the end of the night (or until you've had too much beer!).

Hornet recently had their demo track 'Second Hand Smoke' re-mixed by Pedro Ferreira (Producer of The Darkness' multi-platinum selling album 'Permission To Land') and mastered by Ade Emsley (who recently mastered Iron Maiden's 'From Fear To Eternity') and Big In The Game Magazine reviewed Hornet and said; "In their time The Sex Pistols had revolutionised the music industry in a way never seen before. It is my belief that Hornet will do the same, all that's left is to see their influence spread. Need I say any more?" You know the Hornet boys are on to something big!

Glasswerk said; "It's Like witnessing Nirvana, The Sex Pistols and Black Flag and the crowd here is lucky enough to catch the band in intimate surroundings, clearly aware that they are witnessing something very special indeed. 'Outta Control', 'Second Hand Smoke' and 'Rock n' Roll Riot' already sound like classics. The bands rise to superstardom depends on one thing - whether a major label has big enough balls to take on this rock leviathan."

After gigging for two years, classic rockers The Burning Crows have unveiled their lavish musical mayhem with their aptly named 'Never Had It So Good' EP. After spending innumerable hours on the road and playing countless shows to master their craft, the band recently took some time out to record at the world famous Rockfield Studios.

With the EP being Produced and Mixed by Nick Brine (The Darkness/Bruce Springsteen/Oasis) and with Keith Weir (The Quireboys/Def Leppard) making a guest appearance on keys, it seems that some of rock's biggest players are starting to join the ever growing queue to get behind the band. If high energy rock n' roll played hard and played well is your thing, come and see The Burning Crows and be a part of a decadent feast for the senses and carnival of frivolity.

Brighton's Black State Highway met as students at BIMM and are new on the scene, they will be opening the night. Described as having bone-crunching riffs and “bottle shattering vocals” they will certainly be worth watching.

They have taken the Brighton scene by storm and played at top venues such as The Hydrant, The Concorde 2 and Komedia as well as playing at London venues such as The Dublin Castle, The Monto Water Rats (supporting Blaze Bayley) and The 100 Club. Make sure you get to the venue early to see some full-throttle rock as Black State Highway are surely on the road to success!

Be a part of rock history and to get to this show on the 29th March at The Intrepid Fox, Soho. Doors open at 8pm so be there early as it's gonna be even busier than the last show! You don't want to end up like a sardine in a tin...

Written by Chris Danielson



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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