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  GLITTERTIND AT CENTRE OF REFORMATION CONTROVERSY IN NORWAY
16th November 2017



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Norwegian folk-rockers Glittertind have created headlines in Norwegian national newspapers due to a national controversy about whether or not to celebrate the 500 years of passing since the Reformation.

Their new album, 'Himmelfall', was released on October 27th in Norway and commemorates the 500 years that has passed since the Reformation, when Protestantism was forced upon their homeland. The band created headlines in national newspapers during controversy over whether or not to celebrate the 500 years since Martin Luther started his rebellion against the Church in Rome.

Frontman and vocalist Torbjørn Sandvik told the Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen:

"In Norway, the general public has been more interested in Halloween than commemorating the events 500 years ago that shaped Europe and America. The Reformation is far too important to be pushed by the secular society into the Church."

He also told the paper that he himself was not a Christian, but he argued that the impact of the Reformation on our culture is so huge that it should not be ignored regardless of faith.

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Sandvik also stated in an interview with national Norwegian newspaper Vårt land:

"If we forget our history and where we come from, we will end up superficial and rootless."

Glittertind started out as a Folk Metal act with a record deal and two albums on Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records) and later one album on Napalm Records. In recent years the band have created records that are better labeled as Folk Rock with a diverse range of elements from classical music to Metal.

'Himmelfall' will be out tomorrow, November 17th, through Plastic Head in the rest of Europe and here's some lyric videos to give you a taste of what to expect:

















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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.

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