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18 May 2014

Austin, Texas 3 piece Ume (pronounced "ooo-may") are set to release their brand new album 'Monuments' in the UK on June 9th through Dangerbird Records.

This huge, raucous and passionate record, produced by Grammy award winning Adam Kaspar (QOTSA, cat Power, Nirvana, Foo Fighters) is the band's first ever release over here in the UK, and will see them venture here for the first time ever for dates in the summer.

The first set of these dates can now be announced as supporting the mighty, legendary Black Sabbath in Hyde Park on July 4th, which will be the band's first EVER UK live show. Before then, the band are touring the US with Circa Survive.

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Ume frontwoman Lauren Larson was also recently, personally invited by Nancy Wilson (Heart) to perform with her at Acoustic 4-A Cure Benefit at The Fillmore In San Francisco on May 15th. Along with Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), James Hetfield (Metallica), Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Joe Satriani, and more.

The Austin band's powerful rock songs balance elegance with brutality, strength with fragility, ferocious Metal and sweet melody. These paradoxes resound through the trio's new album, 'Monuments', a collection of songs that re-imagines heavy music and is as beautiful as it is massive.

When the musicians began writing for the album, after touring over 200 dates in support of their acclaimed debut 'Phantoms', the emphasis was on translating the impassioned force of Ume's momentous live show onto a recording - both sonically and emotionally. Recorded with Grammy-winning producer Adam Kasper at Robert Lang Studios and Studio X in Seattle, WA, 'Monuments' is Ume's most colossal sounding recording yet.

The guitars are heavier, the rhythms more powerful, the vocals and song writing bolder and more intimate. From the first blast of the opening track "Black Stone," there is no doubt this is a record driven by guitars dropped to D, yet one that is also not afraid to subvert rock conventions.

Ume are:
Lauren Larson - guitar and vocals
Rachel Fuhrer - drums
Eric Larson - bass



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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