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London, 100 Club
23rd September 2011

Tina Saul
(Pic: Judith Fisher)

tina saul

There's nothing more I like than a gig to get the weekend started and tonight's no exception. In fact there are plenty to choose from in London and I opted to head to 100 Club to catch Godsized. After a very extended intro, the local boys took to the stage to show us why Zakk Wylde chose them to fill the support slot on Black Label Society's tour earlier this year.


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The first time I saw Godsized was the closing night of the LA2 and what struck me tonight was just how much they've polished their show, but I'm guessing a UK and European tour with BLS will give you the chance to do that.

It's guitarist Neil Fish's birthday, and there's a can of lager firmly routed to his hand whenever he's not playing, and who can blame him? They've managed to pull in quite a crowd at the 100 Club and that's a real achievement with several other bands hitting stages around the capital at the same time.

The venue layout isn't the greatest for a Metal gig, too many pillars for my liking, but the sound is great and at least they haven't opted for over pricing at the bar, like most other places these days.

Godsized were giving some new material its first live airing and it went down very well. In fact you couldn't tell which was new or old and the set worked together seamlessly.

One of my favourite things about watching this band is that you'd never tell they are from South West London. Their sound is firmly planted in the Deep South of the US and there is no doubt that if you're a fan of the likes of Down and Clutch, these Croydon boys won't let you down.


The Phoney Tough and the Crazy Brave
Fight and Survive
No Reprieve
So I'm Told
Still Waiting
Heavy Load
The Last Goodbye
Walking Away

Bleed on the Inside




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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.


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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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