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Skid Row: 'United World Rebellion Chapter One'

Words: Johnny Churchill

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Rebels We Are. Fight We Will. We Are The United World Rebellion And We Are Back!

Having delighted their UK fans with a great tour and a headline show at Islington Academy earlier this year, Skid Row have released a new EP: 'United World Rebellion Chapter One' and announced another UK tour with Ugly Kid Joe in November.

'UWR Chapter One' is the first of three mini albums which will be released over the next year by Skid Row. Rachel Bolan explains why: "We wanted to do something different and the idea of offering three mini albums, released within the course of a year, appealed to me. Especially with the constantly changing musical climate I liked the idea of a steady flow of new music, as opposed to releasing a full-length album then riding it for the next two years. That makes it more exciting and our fans don't have to wait that long for new material."

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The EP is in stores now and offers five brand new songs plus two bonus cover versions. There is also a special collector's box available which will fit the CDs for chapters two and three.

The five new tracks are well worth a listen and opener 'Kings Of Demolition' really fitted in well to the live set at the Islington show. It's an angry political number which shows off Johnny Solinger's vocal power. Track two, 'Let's Go', gets stuck in your head immediately. It has punk rock urgency and sounds just like you've heard it before. It would definitely work well live so hopefully they'll play this in November.

'This Is Killing Me' is the third track and it's a lighters in the air-style ballad with a gentle acoustic intro and impassioned vocals, creamy guitars and a cheesy chorus. It's a lovely tune. The last two tracks, 'Get Up' and 'Stitches', maintain the heavy tone of the album but in my opinion are overshadowed by the cover version of EZO's 'Fire Fire' which is a great doom-laden, heavy epic.

Judas Priest's 'United', is another pretty cool addition to the EP and sits well with the 'United World Rebellion' theme. It would be fun to hear this played live.

I'm looking forward to Chapter Two and seeing the band at the Electric Ballroom on 5th November!

Johnny Churchill:
Twitter: @metalmeltdown55
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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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