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'Preachers Of The Night'
(Napalm Records)

Words: Johnny Churchill

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I hadn't heard of German metallers Powerwolf until this month when MetalTalk was given the opportunity to review their new album 'Preachers Of The Night'. I love a bit of pure power Metal and this seemed like a great chance to get away from some of the softer AOR and classic rock/Metal I've been reviewing recently. What's more, the album cover is fantastic.

You shouldn't judge a book etc, but this has a wolf dressed in mediaeval bishop's robes coming at you with a burning church cross. What's not to like? The music lives up to the visuals too. It is straightforward Teutonic power Metal with a strong hint of Sabaton and Rammstein with Ghost's spooky imagery. If you like your Metal fast and fun, this is a very entertaining album.

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The opening two tracks, 'Amen And Attack' and 'Secrets Of The Sacristy' are really strong with fist-pumping choruses and the usual arsenal of double-bass drumming and galloping riffs. Other highlights are 'Lust For Blood', 'Cardinal Sin' – with its driving guitar riffs – and the classy seven minute finale, 'Last Of The Living Dead'. (It's actually only about four minutes long but manages to pack in some creepy Latin chanting, and ends with three minutes of atmospheric stormy rain.)

'Amen And Attack' in particular is so entertaining that it will definitely feature in the end of year 'best of' singles lists. The promo video (which is presumably tongue-in-cheek?) matches the tone of the song perfectly.

Helpfully, most of the album is sung in English but there are some German tracks. As we've seen with Rammstein however, if the music is powerful enough, it works well and actually adds to epic feel of the record.

Verdict: A little generic and hard to distinguish at times from the established Sabaton template, but great fun and well worth a listen if you enjoy bombastic power Metal.

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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.

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