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Release Date: Out Now!

Words: Johnny Churchill

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cage the gods

Having recently seen Cage The Gods at Islington's Academy, and enjoyed their recent EP, I'm delighted to have their full-length debut album, 'Badlands' to review. It's a ballsy hard rock album brimming with youthful confidence and some great tunes you want to hear more of. And they're British.

It's one of those records that you can just put on anytime and have a blast. Almost every track has something to offer and although the band has its own identity and sound, there are multiple classic rock influences to enjoy.

The band really do deliver a fresh perspective on these influences, but it's fun to keep an ear out for hints of The Cult especially, and the usual assorted 'Americana' rock from across the decades.

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Singer and lyricist Peter Comerford has a powerful set of pipes and to my ears, especially on album opener 'Favourite Sin' and latest single Bruce Willis, he sounds a little like the lower range, growly Jon Bon Jovi you find on tracks like 'Bad Medicine'.

Lead guitar and songwriter James Moncur plays a blinder and there's more than a few stand-out moments on the album, including 'Falling', a moody power ballad with a timeless feel, the Cult-esque title track 'Badlands' and 'One More Taste', a sleazy red-eyed stomp.

Despite the carefully crafted catchy choruses and slick riffs, there's a certain rawness in the songwriting and production and it's very much a back to basics no-frills rock album, similar in a way to Def Leppard's early records. For me this is a bonus and having seen the band live, they definitely pack a punch.

In short though, it's a really entertaining proper old-school hard rock album with songs that are both catchy and credible. Not bad for a debut, and well worth checking out.

cage the gods

Cage The Gods have a big year ahead of them, including the Download Festival. Let's hope they can seize the moment because there's genuine potential here and this could be the start of another great British rock band.

Key tracks:
· Favourite Sin
· Falling
· Badlands
· Trouble Reigns
· A Thousand Times

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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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