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Power Metal legends Helloween have unleashed their new video, 'Nabataea'. It's all Egyptian-ish and pretty awesome!

According to the band, the video is "a seven minute-plus composition about the legendary kingdom, located in today's Middle East, where the first real democracy existed over 3000 years ago, develops on several levels, including 3-D animation at motion picture level. The secret Nabatean city, Petra, only discovered last century, is the backdrop for many myths and legends, and here it provides the ideal subject matter for a set of lyrics far removed from the rock n' roll norm."

Singer Andi Deris was inspired to write the song during a holiday.

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Heavy Metal bands love to write songs about history and myths and they are pretty good in doing so. For no obvious reasons, these songs all become instant classics.

Ancient Egypt is always a good inspiration and bands like to play with our imagination. See Iron Maiden's 'Powerslave', 'Creeping Death' by Metallica - about the Israelite's Exodus from Egypt, Nightwish's 'Tutankhamon', Mercyful Fate's 'Curse Of The Pharoahs' and Symphony X's 'Pharaoh', just to name a few.


Ok, let me be honest with you. I have no bloody idea of why bands write about ancient history. They could very well write about the future, couldn't they? Oh, Maiden has already done it! My fault, sorry!

So, they write just for the sake of it. Or simply because they all have a rich culture, they are all very intelligent and well educated people. Yeah, I guess I like this explanation better.

Heavy Metal is culture! And we, fans, should be grateful that our favourite bands do us a favour by writing meaningful songs about interesting subjects. I guess if many people stopped to read what Heavy Metal bands write about, a lot of prejudice towards the sound would be lost.


Maybe not for English speaking countries, but for non-English speakers, who are caught by the melodies and or rhythm instead of the lyrics. How many times have I heard, here in Brazil, the question: "Are you a Heavy Metal fan? How can you cope with all that noise?"

And then I answer: "But, have you stopped to pay attention on what they are singing about?" And then the conversation goes: "Sing, do you call it singing? I can only hear screams..." And that's the time I give up!

Would you like to know more about Nabataea? If so, click here.




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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