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Originally only available to fan club members, Saxon's documentary film 'Heavy Metal Thunder' is finally given a worldwide release in extended format with loads of extra goodies to keep the dandruff flying for a very long evening indoors indeed.

The documentary movie is a riveting watch for Saxon fans of all ages. Narrated by Toby Jepson, all members of Saxon past and present tell the story of the band from their early beginnings as Son Of A Bitch playing the Northern working men's clubs, travelling around the country in a transit van with a mattress laid over the top of the gear in order to get a night's rest.

Only drummer Pete Gill is absent but it's good to see that both Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson, who've had a much publicised fall out with Saxon, get to tell their equal share and input into the early stages of the career of Saxon which saw these rise like an eagle supporting Motorhead on the Bomber Tour in '79 and gaining regular appearances on Top Of The Pops dominating the UK in both the single and album charts.

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No stone is left unturned as the sackings of Oliver and Dawson are explained squarely and fairly, although the two both share an equal passion to Saxon to this very day.

Even the days when Saxon tried to Americanize their career, changing their image to a style best left to the likes of Motley Crue and Ratt is discussed in detail, bringing their career right up to date with the current line up and becoming the kings of Wacken.

With anecdotes from Lemmy, Fast Eddie Clarke, Doro Pesch, Lars Ulrich et all the documentary is a must watch. The bonus disc is a whopper with a live in concert TV special of Saxon live on the Beat Club in Germany from 1981, interviews with the band from the 'Crusader' period and the entire show from the Shepherds Bush Empire in 2008.

A perfect night in for these chilly evenings. Just wrap yourself up in some denim 'n leather, crack open the tinnies and rock.

There's more Biff action on here than an entire re-run of Batman.

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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.


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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