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Released 31st October 2011 (UK)

Tina Saul

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November sees the release of Megadeth's thirteenth album, so I'm guessing it's no surprise that they've chosen to name it 'Th1rt3en', or maybe because it has thirteen tracks on it, or perhaps it's because Dave Mustaine was born on the 13th. Regardless of why it's called what it is, 13 must be Megadeth's lucky number, as this album is a corker.


In a recent interview with Beatweek magazine, guitarist Chris Broderick sees this album as a best of Megadeth, just with new songs saying; "Each song is different and each is saying its own thing. I view this album as a compilation as if we pulled a song from each of Megadeth's prior albums. This is why I really like this one."

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I personally think it sounds like their 'Rust In Peace' and 'Countdown To Extinction' era and each song is crafted in Megadeth's unique style. Even though Dave Mustaine turned 50 this year, he's not growing old yet. The lyrics are reminiscent of anything a younger band would write and the shredding is as energetic as ever.

The band have been through endless personnel changes over the years, with Dave being the only stable member throughout, yet this line-up seems to gel which shows in this release.

When you put the album on you'll have to wait over a minute before you hear Mustaine's growl as the first sixty seconds of 'Sudden Death' are dedicated to speed Metal guitars, and very fine guitaring it is too. The opening riff of 'Who's Life Is It Anyway' is very similar to Brides Of Destruction's 'Shut The Fuck Up', but it quickly returns to classic Megadeth and is my definite favourite.

'Th1rt3en' will be released by Roadrunner Records on November 1st and I highly recommend that you get this on your pre-order list now. Once you have, get yourself prepared by listening to these two great tracks which have already been released on YouTube.




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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