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jonathan churchill


Sweden continues to impress with its constant conveyer belt of classic rock, making my column seem increasingly Nordic focused. Earlier this year MetalTalk's Mark Taylor reviewed 'Address The Nation' by H.E.A.T, one of 2012s stand-out albums. Now, hot on its heels, comes the rather awkwardly named debut album from Wigelius, yet another young Swedish AOR sensation.

The band is built around singer Anders Wigelius, who came to prominence in a Swedish TV talent show singing – yes, you guessed it, Journey - which prompted producer Daniel Flores to sign him up.

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With all the usual influences in place, from Richard Marx through Toto, Journey, and Foreigner, Wigelius sounds very 1980s which, as with all AOR is a blessing and a curse. The fact it is a debut album however definitely allows for some leeway and although it's predictable throughout, there's enough here to suggest that the band has a bright future.

The twelve track album splits nicely into three quality groups: Good, OK and slightly lame. When it's good, it's great. 'Right Here, Right Now' has a fresh take on the classic AOR approach, bringing it bang up to date and it sounds fantastic. 'I Reach Out' is a guilty pleasure from the old school, while opener 'Angeline' has a heavy keyboard led approach, similar to any track by 'The Magnificent'.

Check out the video for 'Angeline' here:

My highlight though is the stripped down acoustic 'Love Can Be That Much'. Not necessarily because it's the best song on the album, but it's the one track that really seems to have its own identity and emphasises the tone and quality of Anders Wigelius' voice.

The rest of the album fails to set the world alight, with 'Do You Really Know' sounding like a poor Journey outtake and 'My Cassandra' showcasing some dodgy lyrics. 'Piece Of The Action' ticks all the worst AOR boxes and should really just be sent back to the era of Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun.

Overall though this is a fun, easy going record, but it has had the misfortune to arrive in the aftermath of H.E.A.T's 'Address the Nation' which is a major contender for album of the year. Nevertheless, if you're a dedicated AOR fan and enjoyed last year's sublime 'The Magnificent', this is worth a listen. It's an accomplished debut and there's definitely some real talent on show. The challenge for Wigelius now is to carve out their own identity in this crowded market.


Wigelius are:

Anders Wigelius (Vocals)
Erik Wigelius (Drums)
Jake Svensson (Guitars)
Chris 'Wielbass' Pettersson (Bass)


Jonathan Churchill.
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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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