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4th July 2011

scott adams

night ranger somewhere in california

The trouble with most bands of Night Ranger's vintage (they opened their account with 1982's still-hard-to-beat 'Dawn Patrol') is that, whenever they can get the funds/wherewithal/interest to record an album, there's very often a sense of trying to regain former glories, of writing a set of 'classic' material to succour their presumably desperate, ravening fan base who are all keen to find something to take their minds off of expanding waistlines and receding hairlines.

No such problem exists for this band. Luckily, within their ranks they have one of the most talented hard rock songwriters of his or any other generation – the vastly gifted Jack Blades – a man who is able to create classic eighties-tinged hard rock seemingly in his sleep.

Consequently 'Somewhere In California' is an epic, adamantine hulk of melodically inclined hard rock that you'll struggle to find done better anywhere on the planet in 2011.

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Taking the band's classic opening pair of albums ('Dawn Patrol' and the following year's no-less-epic 'Midnight Madness') as a template (but only that; there's no bare faced borrowing from their own canon going on here), the band takes us on an ebullient fifty-odd minute journey through party-rocking good time mania (the storming opener 'Growin' Up' in California, 'No Time To Lose Ya'), balls-out Heavy Metal overkill ('Follow Your Heart' features some astoundingly good axework from long-time 'Ranger Brad Gillis and his newish compadre Joel Hoekstra), stopping to take a breath only for one of the band's trademark tear jerkers, the Kelly Keagy sung 'Time Of Our Lives', a song which had your correspondent standing atop his workstation (trousers round ankles, naturally) singing at the top of his lungs whilst waving the lady wife's lighter iPhone app...

These truly are the good times.

But enough of that. In an age where most eighties bands are happy just to keep touring and counting the merch money with no regard for such petty worries as coming up with new 'product', Night Ranger has proved that it's still possible to come up with the goods in the recording environment with an album that is sure to bring a nostalgic tear to the eye whilst simultaneously reminding the listener how good this kind of music can still be in today's modern world.

An absolute must have.

More Scott Adams right 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.

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