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21st November 2017

you spin me round

Edition Four of MetalTalk's new album review radio show, You Spin Me Round, is available on our On Demand page now.

Here's the running order:

Part 1:

1.Gary Moore: 'Blues and Beyond' (BMG) reviewed by Liz Medhurst
Further On Up The Road
Too Tired

"You can hear the ferocity and passion in his playing. The content may be classic blues but Gary's individuality shines through..."

2. Galactic Cowboys: 'Long Way Back To The Moon' (Music Theories Recordings) reviewed by Jeff Kunze (The 3rd Floor)
Hate Me

"Signature Galactic Cowboys, they take a thrash song and put a Disney chorus on it, it's so happy and builds it up...

3. Black Aces: 'Anywhere But Here' (Off Yer Rocka) reviewed by Brian Boyle
Where You Love From
Anywhere But Here

"It's all here - hot, sweaty, filthy bar room rock done at its very best..."

4. Rews: 'Pyro' (Marshall Records) reviewed by Andy Rawll
Rip Up My Heart
Miss You In The Dark

"Pulsating power pop that combines the euphoric aggression of the Foos with sweetly sneering Alanis-meets-Avril vocals..."

5. Moonlight Prophecy: 'Vanquished' reviewed by Steve Göldby
Spellbound Omen Under The Stars

"Ten shred-heavy tracks with furious drumming throughout, yet there's melody in there, not just heavy for heavy's sake..."

Part 2:

1. The Dark Element: 'The Dark Element' (Frontiers) reviewed by Johnny Churchill
My Sweet Mystery
Only One Who Knows Me

"This album is distinct enough to stand on its own and is very much a debut success..."

2. Von Hertzen Bros: 'War Is Over (Mascot Label) reviewed by Andy Rawll
Frozen Butterflies
The Arsonist

"A welcome return to their original hard-edged progressive sound... an excellent and diverse modern prog album..."

3. Dimebag Darrell: 'Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over' (Metal Blade) reviewed by Steve Göldby

Ain't No Struggle
Let's Go
Whiskey Road

"Hugely entertaining with several hilarious moments throughout, and there were other, deeper sides to his personality which are also reflected in the volume..."

4. H.E.A.T: 'Into The Great Unknown' (Frontiers) reviewed by Andy Rawll
Shit City
Eye Of The Storm

"It's easily the best commercial hard rock album that I've heard all year... nothing short of a triumphant vindication..."

5. Blackmore's Night: 'To The Moon & Back' (Minstrel Hall Music) reviewed by Johnny Main
Renaissance Faire
Spanish Nights

"A great listen and comes highly recommended..."

You Spin Me Round is presented by Deputy Editor Liz Medhurst and features MetalTalk writers reviewing the albums.

The show airs on TotalRock every Monday night at 10.00pm UK Time here and is available thereafter on our On Demand page here.




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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