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Tina Saul

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Is your Christmas tree looking decidedly drab and un-Metal? Then fear not, as we have a way to make sure you have the most rockin' Christmas tree there is with these simple instructions on how to make your very own Slash bauble.

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What you'll need:

- 1 x pint glass
- 1 x shot glass
- 1 x foam rubber sheet (available from all good craft shops)
- 1 x marker pen
- 1 x small gold bauble
- 100 x strands of thin black ribbon
- 1 x butt of rollie cigarette
- 1 x Bottle of Jack Daniels
- 1 x Whisky tumbler
- 1 x Record player
- 1 x Appetite for Destruction (vinyl only)
- 1 x pair of scissors
- Double sided tape
- Glue
- Ice
- Small stapler (optional)

Let's start with the most important thing first. Get your whisky tumbler, but in some ice and pour yourself a large glass of Jack Daniels. Switch your record player on and gently place your precious copy of 'Appetite' on the turntable. Lovingly apply the needle and you're ready to go.

First take the pint glass, turn it upside down, place it on the foam rubber sheet and draw a circle round the glass with your marker pen.

Top tip: press down gently and you'll leave an indent in the foam which will make it easier to cut out. Next take the shot glass, turn it upside down and place in the centre of the circle created with the pint glass and again draw round the edge. Cut round the outer circle and then carefully the inner circle, as this will be used as the top of the hat. With the smaller circle, nick a cross in the middle with your scissors.

Now cut a strip about an inch wide from the foam and create the middle of the top hat by pulling together into a circle. Glue the edges together and add a small staple for additional strength if you want. By now 'It's So Easy' and you're probably already on that track so glue one end of the middle part to the bottom of the larger circle and the other end to the smaller one.

By now you'll probably need to top up your glass of Jack Daniels before taking on the ribbon task. With each strand of ribbon take a blade of your scissors and drag the strand along the blade. If you've never done this before, this lovely lady will give you a helping hand.

Once you've done this, you'll definitely need another glass of Jack Daniels and will probably also need to turn over the album by now – remember treat your vinyl with loving care.

The next part is easy, just cut another thin strip of foam, slightly smaller than the circumference of the inside of your hat, and then attach all the curly ribbons. Glue this to the inside of the hat and feed the bauble string through the cross in the middle of the smaller circle and place the hat on top of the bauble.

Phew, you're almost done, so might as well pour yourself another Jack as 'Anything Goes'. Once you've organised the ribbon 'hair' around the bauble, take the cigarette butt and glue it to the bottom right hand side of the remaining 'face' area. And that's it – you're done and have your very own Slash Christmas bauble.

Deck the halls and all that stuff.




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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