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London, The Standard
24th September 2011

Tina Saul

tina saul

Last year Italy's very own Arthemis recorded an EP of Metal covers of pop songs. Aptly titled 'Pop Up Your Ass' it was released exclusively via Metal Hammer, under the moniker Farthemis.

It's entertaining to listen to and in these heady days of parody Metal it fits in well with the likes of Steel Panther and Evil Scarecrow, for something that's just plain and simply good fun.


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So when I heard they were playing live as Farthemis for the first (and last) time at this year's Dean Guitars DOA, I had to go and see what it would be like to watch Andrea, Fabio, Damiano and Corrado don their best dresses and glam it up for the night.

The crowd had been warmed up by an impressive set from 101% Pantera and when the boys hit the stage dressed as women there were a few quizzical looks in the room. In fact some jaws dropped as Damiano appeared, as it seems he can pull off the hair-in-bunches look better than most girls.


They kicked off the show with a brutalised version of Rihanna's 'Please Don't Stop The Music' and you could see people didn't know what was going on. But they soon got into it and it was extremely entertaining to watch the crowd moshing along to the rest of the set, which included covers of Madonna, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child and Michael Jackson. In fact, I was quite disturbed to hear most of them singing the lyrics to Lady Gaga's 'Paparazzi'.

It was light-hearted and very amusing and well worth the trek up to Walthamstow to witness it. According to their manager it was a one-off show which will never be seen again. They finished up the set with one of their own tracks 'Scars On Scars' which made the non-believers happy, but I for one am glad to have witnessed the start and end of Farthemis' live career.


If you want to hear the pasta army's 'Pop Up Your Ass' EP, you can download it for free from their website by clicking here.


Don't Stop The Music
Express Yourself


Scars on Scars




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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