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26th July 2017


Rock'n'roll has always enjoyed a healthy relationship with smoking that can be traced right back to the very origins of the music.

Who can ever forget Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood lighting up during Rolling Stones performances over the years, especially on their 'Bigger Bang' world tour. London's 02 vnue dodged a fine after members pair lit up on stage in defiance of the smoking ban, whilst Lemmy's cigarettes were a trademark of sorts and synonymous with the Motörhead mainman's image.

However, in this day and age of health and safety where the edge seems to have been torn from most mainstream rock'n'roll and smokers are shunned as outcasts from society, an alternative exists in the form of vaping which has been adopted by some pretty hardcore rockers.

Testament frontman Chuck Billy has branched out into the world of vaping, with his own custom herbal vaporizer pen from Lord Vaper Pens. The press release claims that:

"In a time where most herbal smoking products and accessories are marketed heavily towards urban and hip-hop audiences, hard rockers and Metalheads alike have been left clamouring for a brand and manufacturer to step up to the plate and offer them accessories that they can truly call their own."


Chuck's custom pen is called 'The Chief' and here's what the man himself said at the time it was launched about his latest endorsement:

"I’m very excited to release 'The Chief' herbal vaporizer from Lord Vaper Pens – we've been discussing the potential release of this product for quite some time and I'm glad to say it's now a reality.

"We've actually modified 'The Chief' by turning up the temperature settings higher than what this style of vaporizer typically features. We've learned that these new settings are a desirable feature based on feedback from Lord Vaper Pens users.

"As someone who is in the business of giving music fans what they want, I feel it is important to translate that passion into this venture by listening closely to the consumer."

So Metal has it's very own vape and it's a successful product accoring to sales feedback.


In these days of declining album sales, bands are having to search for alternative revenue streams and American shock-rockers GWAR have avoided the well-trodden route of barnded alcoholic beverages and instead opted to bring to market their own brand of vaping product.

GWAR Fluids is a specialty line of premium e-liquids and they're establishing a reputation for good quality e-liquids, reasonable prices and excellent customer service. Rumour has it that GWAR Fluids sold out within 24 hours of their initial release.

Vaping is becoming more mainstream by the day with the fashionable trend also making an appearance in the video for 'Run', a song from Foo Fighters' 'Concrete And Gold' album. It was released as a single on June 1st 2017 and topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in July 2017.

The music video for 'Run' was released on the same day and features the band performing the song in a nursing home - an abandoned St Luke's Hospital in Pasadena, CA - in make-up making them appear as elderly versions of themselves. They end up inciting a riot amongst other patients and orderlies.

The Dave Grohl directed video comes complete with smashed windows, stage diving, a stolen car and vape pen, from which they take a deep toke and create a vape cloud, which is another phenomenon in itself.




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.

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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