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  BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART
'Feel The Power'
(Tooth & Nail/Rude Records)
Release Date: 24th January 2012

Tina Saul

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Look at the Mad Max inspired album cover and you could be forgiven for thinking that this album is a 1980s release, especially when you turn to the track listing and wonder if Tina Turner will make an appearance on 'Thunderdome'. These were the thoughts going through my head as I first played the album, but 'Deathwish' quickly eradicated them.

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Yes, there is an 80s hair metal feel to some of it, but there's much more. It combines the rawness of Crashdiet, the melodies of Reckless Love and the occasional throwbacks to their metalcore past, which makes for a combination that's new for me, but I like it.

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The band first formed in Montreal, Canada back in 2003 and 'Feel The Power' is their third release. The band have toured with the likes of Enter Shikari, Bring Me The Horizon and Architects and played festivals alongside Megadeth, Judas Priest and Steel Panther.

They still don't appear to have found stability as an outfit, having undergone a fair few personnel changes, and they are going through record labels at a rate of one per album.

There are a couple of tracks that I will definitely skip, for example 'I've Got You' and 'Scream It Like You Mean It' sound like they have been written for an X Factor finalist's single. Who knows, maybe they're hoping one will be picked up by Cowell and Co, just like Biffy Clyro's 'Many Of Horrors'.

All that aside, 'Shut Up And Rock' is certainly the kind of track I would be quite content watching on a sunny afternoon at a festival and 'Holdin' Back For Nothing' has a catchy chorus and some great guitaring.

It's a shame that there are the weaker tracks, but if you're happy to just not add them to your playlist, then this isn't a bad album at all and will be released January 24th on Tooth & Nail/Rude Records. If you want to find out more about Blessed By A Broken Heart head over to http://blessed.mu/

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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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