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'Riot Avenue'
(Frontiers Records)
Release Date: Europe 20th April, North America 24th April

Tina Saul

tina saul

crazy lixx riot avenue

Hairspray? Check. Thick black eye liner? Check. Customised and ripped clothing? Check. Time machine back to the 80s? Check. Perfect, you're all set to put Crazy Lixx's third album 'Riot Avenue' on your sound system of choice.

But don't worry, they may be part of the New Wave Of Swedish Sleaze Metal scene, but as long as you like your rock hard, you don't need to be a purely glam Metal fan to enjoy what this album has to offer.

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The first track 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' kicks off with an opening not too dissimilar to Guns N' Roses' 'It's So Easy' and quickly moves on to a sound reminiscent of this style of music and that oh-so familiar 80s arena feel.

But what's different about this album, their third full length in their seven year career, is that there is an added depth to the band with the addition of second guitarist, Edd Liam. For anyone who's heard any of their material before, it's the first thing you'll notice about the whole album, and is a very welcome addition as they have lost the slightly tinny sound of previous releases.

Title track 'Riot Avenue' has that summer anthem feel that if you close your eyes you can almost picture yourself standing in a festival field pumping your fist in the air, as does 'Church Of Rock'. And of course there's the obligatory ballad 'Only The Dead Know' which is left until the end and closes the album off nicely, without interrupting the rest of the flow.

The album is well produced, has some great tunes to make any sleaze Metal fan smile and is out this Friday 20th April in Europe, while those in North America will have to wait a couple of days extra until 24th April to get their copy.

If you've not heard of Crazy Lixx before and you're a fan of other Swedish hard rockers Crashdiet and Hardcore Superstar, then this is sure to be a welcome addition to your CD collection.




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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