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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

PIG IRON: 'PIG IRON IV'


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I mistakenly keep thinking of Pig Iron as a new band, but as this album title suggests Pig Iron are now on album number four.

Time flies by and it only seems like yesterday when I saw Pig Iron perform their debut show at the Peel in Kingston in 2002 supporting legendary Welsh rockers Budgie. An evening when Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson and Janick Gers were happily supping their pints of bitter at the bar without any fanfare and that eventually led to the band being invited to appear on Bruce's Radio 6 show to play a version of Deep Purple's 'Space Truckin'' with Bruce on vocals.

Pig Iron would also later support Maiden at Hammersmith Apollo.

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Despite the good press the band get, you're still more than likely to see Pig Iron getting on the number 57 bus rather than being transported around in chauffeured driven limos, but at least this is what's so good about Pig Iron is that they are the people's band with their feet firmly rooted to the soiled paths of South London streets rather than South Alabama.

Let's face facts - if Pig Iron were either from the land of the Yankee Dollar or Swedish stoner rockers, fans would be buying their t-shirts in droves telling everyone that Pig Iron are the coolest thing on the planet, yet hailing from Streatham doesn't quite have the same idyllic appeal. But if Black Sabbath can make Aston a place of pilgrimage for Metal fans to visit then maybe, just maybe Pig Iron could do just the same for the SW16 Tourist Board.

Yet again Pig Iron have delivered an album of scorching hard blues driven nuggets kicking off with the Zeppelinesque Achilles Last Stand of 'The Tide Within' with acoustic overdrive. The Southern Rock drive of previous albums has taken a little back burner this time around and there are touches of bluegrass on 'Diggin' In The Wall'.

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There are no duds on this album which flows as fast as the River Thames containing the same sludge and muddy grime. 'Good Man, Poor Man' would be a instant grunge classic in the hands of Soundgarden. 'Low Grade Man' features some harmonica bliss from John Ogle and some hefty sax to the max from guest James Knight.

The album ends with a little acoustic ditty 'Graves End' and I feel the band may of missed a trick here as the album was engineered in Gravesend and it is said in folklore that the town got it's name from the time during the Black Death as victims of the plague were buried here thus preventing further spread of the disease in London.

As far as I'm aware no heavy rock band has covered this doomy subject so hopefully Pig Iron can correct that with part II next time around.

All in all, a good solid piece of work... Up the Irons.






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24.1.13



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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