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  KREATOR IS REAL AT BLOODSTOCK WHILE ENDEAVOUR DISPENSE WITH THE GIMMICKS
12th August 2017
Pictures: John Inglis and Will Tudor




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German thrash originators Kreator looked so at home on Bloodstock's main stage on Saturday early evening that they could have moved in had they found space by rearranging their most impressive stage set to date.

The Gods of violence smiled down at Mille Petrozza and his colleagues as they carried on where he had left off last Saturday at Wacken with a throughly supercharged set that held the masses captive.

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The setlist was almost the same as last Saturday but the setting was remarkably different, yet Kreator made the Bloodstock stage seem larger than the sum of its parts as they poured every ounce of their experience and expertise into their biggest UK show to date.

It turned out to be their best as well, a fact backed up by a confetti-covered audience who gave the Teutonic veterans the massive ovation they totally deserved.

Whether confetti fits in with Kreator's steely image and brutal songs is a matter for debate but the delighted crowd cared not as the full Metal confetti cannon reigned blood the length and breadth of the arena.

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Endeavour - with Full Metal Injury. Photo by Fede Valls

This weekend, there have been many bands who have brought theatrical elements to their sets in make-up, costumes and production, but Endeavour decided to dispense with the gimmicks and provide a real life Metal drama, instigated by guitarist Iain 'GT' Davies.

After a scorching Friday lunchtime set on the Sophie stage where new EP, 'Bring On The Rising Day', was ecstatically received by the large crowd, events took an unexpected turn.

Tour Manager Fede Valls told us all about it over a lunchtime beer:

"It was the end of the set, and I was ready at the back of the stage to take the usual crowd shot. Iain took off his guitar a bit too enthusiastically, and ended up ripping the headstock across his face and splitting his head open above the eye.

"No-one noticed at the time, not even him, and it was only when the band came off stage that I saw that Iain had blood pouring down his face and pooling in his beard. I took him straight over to the medical emergency tent where he received excellent assistance and got patched back up.

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A make-up free Iain 'GT' Davies. Photo by Fede Valls

"While I was sitting there with him I realised that it was time for a scheduled band interview so I ended running between the tent, the backstage and the press area for the next hour or two trying to juggle everything and be on standby in case Iain had to go to hospital. Fortunately super glue and steri strips did the job and Iain lives to fight another day"

Endeavour will return, as will Iain who will be back at his day job with Onslaught with an additional battle scar to add to his collection.

Early bird tickets for Bloodstock 2018 are now on sale. Click here to get yours.



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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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