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23rd March 2012

viking skull

It's been a long time coming but our home-grown Vikings are back with their best offering to date!

Formed amidst the Steelworks town of Corby, Northamptonshire, their very own first chapter was born: 'Chapter One' (released on the Grand Union Label) and set the scene for Viking Skull. Top notch reviews were abundant and a landmark 11/10 review from Metal Hammer lead the band to secure a busy touring schedule supporting the likes of Alice Cooper, HIM, Clutch and Dio!

2005 saw Viking Skull release 'Born In Hell' (Grand Union Label/456 Entertainment) but we believe a bottle or two of Absinthe is to blame for what then became a two year break... isn't it always!

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The aptly named 'Chapter Two' was recorded in Philadelphia, PA, after signing a deal with Bam Margeras record label 'FilthyNote' and featured guest appearances from Reverend Jim of Fireball Ministry, the Brandywine Eel of Gnarkill, Unkle Matt And the Shitbirdz, and Chad I Ginsburg of CKY but it was 'Doom, Gloom, Heartache And Whiskey' that was last installment from a band who consistently delivers it's own potent brand of dirty Rock 'n' Roll Metal.

The comeback earned them another tour with Clutch and a string of headline dates in the USA, including one notable appearance at Bam Margera's venue 'The Note' in West Chester, where he also directed the video for album track 'Hair Of The Dog'.

'Cursed By The Sword' sees original member Frank Regan return to the line up as they bite back with their hardest hitting material to date, proving that this band should never be underestimated. This record is a welcome release amongst all that is 'scene' and trend-y: it is unashamedly music for Men.

The whiskey soaked riffs are sleazier, yet the hooks are undeniable as they invite the listener to join them in their oily pit of mud, blood and beer. This is what we came here for, this is what it's all about, Viking Skull have delivered everything we hoped for and more!

2 parts Whiskey, Motorhead, Sabbath & Maiden
1 part WASP
and a cupful of ACDC

'Cursed By The Sword' is out on May 20th 2012.


1. Five Fingers Of Steel
2. This Is The End
3. Cursed By The Sword
4. Fire
5. Pumped!
6. You Look Like I Need A Beer
7. Machine Gun Honey
8. My Bitch Talks Too Much
9. Second Left on Harris
10. Sleepwalk



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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