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21st September 2011

scott adams

Now that Tobias Sammet appears to have closed the door - at least for the time being - on any more Metal operas under the Avantasia imprint, there would appear to be a gaping hole in the power Metal market marked 'all star Metal concept albums' and, by God, I think this is a gap that needs plugging!


Luckily, so do the men behind Wolfpakk, Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball) and Michael Voss (who was, as you probably know, the leading light behind the monstrously brilliant Mad Max back in the day).

For this project, they have assembled an utterly stellar collection of special guest stars to augment their brand of strident, melodic power Metal. I won't bore you with a list as long as your arm of who appears on this album, but I will give you one or two names to be going on with: Paul Di'anno! Tony Martin! Jeff Scott Soto! Paul Shortino! Ripper Owens! (That's enough names: Ed)

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And that's just a few of the guest vocalists. Whilst some of the names on this album are notorious guns for hire who'd turn up to recordings of the new 'Yo! Gabba Gabba' album if they thought there was a few quid in it, the sheer level of quality on display here should tell you all you need to know about the calibre of songs that Sweeney and Voss have come up with for Wolfpakk - this is the good stuff.

The album ain't as varied or visionary as any of the albums released under the Avantasia banner - how could it be? - but it is a wonderful record in its own right, fusing elements of Accept, Helloween and Blind Guardian to a more 'classic' Metal feel, redolent of bands such as Freedom Call, to end up with a very satisfying listen indeed.

Epic Metal, eighties hard rock - it's all here, with the likes of 'Let Me Die' and 'Reptile's Kiss' prospective top candidates for end-of-year 'best of' lists wherever high class heavy Metal is heard with reverence and glee. Let's hope this album is a success, and we get to hear more from the Voss/Sweeney partnership!

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.

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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