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26th July 2017

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The influential Heavy Metal Kids have their 45th anniversary this year and to celebrating the occasion will be putting on a free concert at The Cavern Freehouse in Raynes Park, London on Friday 11th August.

The band will soon also be entering the studio to make their first album since 2003s critically acclaimed comeback 'Hit The Right Button'.

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Heavy Metal Kids, who named themselves after a gang of street kids featured in the novel 'Nova Express' by William S Burroughs, are giving fans the opportunity to have their name on the album's credits, which will be released via Pledge.

Drummer Keith Boyce explains:

"We've got a batch of great new songs all demoed and ready to go. We just need to get into the studio now so if people pledge they can get the new album featuring twelve or more new songs plus a few bonus tracks.

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"If you pledge a little more you can have that CD signed by all the band and even have your name printed on the credits. Then as part of the package you can have the Gary Holton DVD which Rich Smith produced. He has done a brilliant job on it and I am sure any fans of Gary or HMK will love it.

"We will be adding some unseen bonus clips on the DVD of the band playing so it will be an entertaining DVD!"

The charismatic Gary Holton was the frontman for the Heavy Metal Kids on the band's first three albums; the eponymous debut released in 1974, 'Anvil Chorus' from a year later and 'Kitsch' which came out in 1977.

Holton would later become a household name after appearing on the popular series 'Auf Weidersehen Pet', playing the part of the loveable rogue Wayne, a character not too disimilar from himself.

Sadly, Gary Holton passed away far too early in 1985.

The last recorded output from the band featured Holton's friend and fellow actor John Altman on vocals for the 2010 single 'Uncontrollable'.

Altman stayed with the Heavy Metal Kids for a year before being replaced for a number of gigs by Girl/LA Guns vocalist Phil Lewis, who himself is a mega-fan of the band.

The current line-up of the Heavy Metal Kids features original members, drummer Keith Boyce and guitarist Cosmo plus Justin McConville on vocals/guitar and bassist PJ Phillips.

Heavy Metal Kids play The Cavern Freehouse in Raynes Park, London on Friday 11th August and it's free entry.




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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