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GASKIN: 'EDGE OF MADNESS' (High Roller Records)



Paul Gaskin first made a name with his epnoymous band back in the golden days of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) movement shining brightly with the influential single 'I'm No Fool' and with the albums 'End Of The World' from 81 and a year later with 'No Way Out'.

Whilst some from that time went onto glory, Gaskin like so many others had to disband and give up the dream of rock 'n roll stardom and get themselves a day job to bring home the dough for the dinner table.

Almost two decades later at the turn of the Millenium Gaskin, along with some new members. returned with 'Stand Or Fall' and whilst some took notice the world still wasn't ready for a NWOBHM re-emergence. Now some thirty years after we headbanged away to the classic 'I'm No Fool' Gaskin are back with album number four that will not only please the die hards but also the growing scene of young rock fans who weren't even born when 'Ace Of Spades' was riding high, and who through the wonders of the internet are rediscovering many bands who like to keep the Metal pure and simple.

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The album cover has the best demonic artwork I've seen in a very long time, however the music inside is more akin to the melodic approach that many heavy rock bands headed towards to gain a greater appeal. 'Damnation' is the heaviest number on the album with some hammer and chisel drumming from David John Norman who also produced this album in very much the same DIY ethic that was used in the post punk days of the NWOBHM.

'Man's World' has a similar riff to Dio's 'Rock 'N Roll Children' and it's the sound of that Dio song that best sums up this album in that it has the heaviness in the riffs but the melodic choruses of Metal back in the eighties when heavy rock bands began changing their sound to hopefully get on the radio or MTV although it was only the Americans with their high productions costs who could only carry it off to great effect whilst the British were left behind only being fondly remembered by their loyal followers.


Those who still hark for those days and that sound, like myself, will find plenty to enjoy on this album.

The song 'Man's World' also features guest saxophonist Nik Turner, formerly of Hawkwind and now fronting his very fine Space Ritual.

'The Contract' is an epic building number with some Stargazing keyboards that will please all lovers of Rainbow. 'Heart Like Thunder' and 'Bedlam' are those tracks with the chest beating choruses but the best is saved to last with the biographical title track 'Edge Of Madness' where Paul Gaskin tells the dark psychotic story of finding your inner self after drowning your mind in booze and despair.

Live review of Gaskin at the Bristish Steel Festival London 2012.





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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