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Last February I wrote an article called 'The Return Of Renato Tribuzy' (click here) in which I asked him about local bands he thinks could break through any time soon and he mentioned two that he had recently produced: 'Dreadnox' and 'Painside'. "They have a great future ahead of them. They have the potential to hit the international market if given the proper artistic guidance", he said at the time.

Today I'm going to present you Painside (, a band from Rio de Janeiro, which is better defined by a unique blend: a heavy sound, melody and attitude. The band members are Guilherme Sevens (vocals), Carlos Saione (guitar), Thiago D (bass), Leandro Carvalho (guitar) and Edward Julian (drums) and they have been inspired by the traditional sound of pioneering bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, but taking advantage of modern influences as Nevermore and Disturbed.

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In 2010 the band released the first studio work: 'Dark World Burden'. The album provides an elaborate and diverse sonic journey backed by solid riffs, remarkable vocal performances and state of the art production. It also features guest appearances by renowned Heavy Metal artists Chris Boltendahl (Grave Digger) and Gus Monsanto (Revolution Renaissance). Here is one song for you to check out:

The album was released in Europe by Inner Wound Recordings and in the U.S.A. by Nightmare Records, receiving great acceptance among the international and Brazilian specialized media.


In the same year, the group collaborated with Jean Dolabella (ex Sepultura) on the UFC theme song for the Brazilian fighter Ronnys Torres, promoting once again the Brazilian rage around the world. Check out the track here:

In 2011 they played a gig in Rio as Ripper Owen's special guests and showed what they are capable of doing.

The band comes in full force in 2012: in addition to opening shows for major artists such as Soulfly, the band will start the recording process of their second studio album and without losing their heavy sound, but maintaining a modern line. The band are preparing to release three singles as a preview off their new album.

For more info, check their official website and if you are interested in buying their album or any other merchandise, you should also check their online store




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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