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Tina Saul

15th June 2011

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pink cogar camden underworld

One of the latest young bands to hit the London music scene are Pink Cigar. I headed down to check them out at The Camden Underworld, where they were supporting Heavy Metal Kids (featuring Phil Lewis, I might add).

And this was their second set in just a few hours, having played The Almost Famous Festival at the bowling lanes down the road earlier in the day.

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The band are tight, talented musicians, but vocalist Sharkie Cottrell seems to put more effort into his stage performance, over his vocals.

Once he'd shed his heavy fur coat, he seemed to improve, with a stage presence a cross between Iggy Pop and Michael Monroe. Maybe he should practice his microphone swigging a little more to prevent smacking guitarist, Sam Rutland, with it next time.

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The vocals were much better on the songs that were more on the melodic side. They got a few people pogoing and bopping down the front, but the crowd seemed divided in their like or dislike for this band's take on punk rock.

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Pink Cigar are young and energetic and even if you don't like their style of music, they certainly put on an entertaining show. To find out more about them, check them out on Facebook or Myspace.


Roughshooter, Camden Underworld reviewed by Jonathan Churchill


My column is generally focused on classic Metal, especially bands with twin guitars and double-kick drums, but I took a trip out of my comfort zone last Sunday as it was a Bank Holiday weekend and dropped into the Underworld, Camden, to see a trio of Roughshooter, Pink Cigar and Heavy Metal Kids featuring Phil Lewis.

Roughshooter, a West London four-piece, earned a few words of review because they played a short but impressive set which really lit up the room, and, clearly caught the attention of one or two screaming female fans!

I wasn't sure what to expect, but the band opened with a great bluesy/grungey hard rock sound, with a real nod to the 70s. Lead guitar Stephen Aylott really stood out with some richly toned lead work, backed by a focused rhythm section. Singer Patrick Boylan did a great job working the near-empty room and created a great feel to the early part of the evening.

The set list included 'Too Good' and 'Without A Doubt', both of which you can find on their MySpace Page, and 'What Comes Naturally' and 'Twice', both of which are helpfully up on YouTube.

Check them out if you see them playing locally. Roughshooter are definitely worth a shot.



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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