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16 October 2013

Blitzkrieg, the legendary British Rock band formed in 1980, release their new album 'Back From Hell' Nov 5th on Metal Nation Records, which is owned by ex Neat records boss Jess Cox.

It will be released in Japan the same month on Spiritual Beast records and on double vinyl LP on German label High Roller Records.

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It is the band's first album for eight years and features three new members - Alan Ross on guitar replacing Guy Laverick, Micky Kerrigan on drums and Bill Baxter on guitar replacing Phil and Paul Brewis respectively. The line-up still includes long term member Ken Johnson on guitar and founder Brian Ross on vocals.

The band revisit popular themes like Jack The Ripper and the famous UK TV show 'The Prisoner' on this new album and also continue their TV and film obsession with material written about the movie 'V for Vendetta', 'Stargate' and 'Sleepy Hollow'.

They also eventually got round to honouring Metallica by covering 'Seek and Destroy' as a belated tip of the cap towards the Americans who recorded the track 'Blitzkrieg', from the band's self titled 7" on three separate occasions over their career.

A re-recording of the band's A-side to that first single, 'Buried Alive' may be of interest to long term Blitzkrieg fans. The original now sells for hundreds of pounds on various sites online. There is also a tribute to the UK Metal Gods in 'Call For The Priest' which covers as many Priest titles that can be crammed into one song.

The band have just returned from a tour in Germany/Holland and more dates are being finalised now.

Track listing:
1.Jack's Back / Back From Hell
2.Buried Alive
3.Complicated Issue
5.Return To the Village
8.One Last Time
9.Call For The Priest
10.Sleepy Hollow
12.We Have assumed Control



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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