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FM: 'Rockville' and 'Rockville II'


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I doubt anyone would have imagined the strength of FM's comeback. Whipping up a frenzy at the Firefest in 2007 and impressing many with the 'Metropolis' opus in 2010, now the boys are back with not one but two albums with 'Rockville' and 'Rockville II'.

Now to be honest, they could do with a strong marketing manager. Guns 'N Roses used their illusion back in 1991 by releasing two albums simultaneously on the same day, but the music climate was a totally different one back then.

To their credit FM were only going to release the one with 'Rockville II' being held back for the fans only but when the music is so strong it demands a proper release.

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With a top notch production from the boys themselves, 'Rockville' is an album full of well crafted polished tunes and is their best piece of work since their debut 'Indiscreet' back in 86. Whilst their second, 'Tough It Out', may have had a few better tunes, 'Rockville' is more fulfilling from beginning to end.

Opener 'Tough Love' packs the right clout with the sublime soulful voice of Steve Overland and harmonic backing vocals from the rest of the gang. The sound is distinctively FM.

Beauties such as 'Wake Up The World', 'Only Foolin', 'Crave' and 'Show Me The Way' are smoother that a pin up models backside with the right amount of oil to rub in for the perfect sensual massage whilst 'Crosstown Train' has FM rocking out harder than before without the danger of derailing.


Now one would automatically think that 'Rockville II' isn't worth a look in unless you're a FM anorak. However this release originally made for the Pledge funders is full of surprises.

Opening with 'High', a track first recorded by Overland and Jupp for their Brass Monkey project is a warming choice. 'Bad Addiction' and 'Guilty' and 'Runaway Train' all cut the cloth whilst 'Last Chance Saloon' has a Bruce Springsteen/Jovi edge to it yet remaining quintessentially British with spurs on.

With the strength of so many great song on these two releases I must say how surprised I was by how little new material FM played on their recent UK tour last month especially when they said last year on the 'Indiscreet 25 Tour' was a glorified nostalgia trip. On this showing, more live dates please.

For more to read on FM here at MetalTalk...

Review of the Only Foolin' EP
Live review of FM at Shepherds Bush 2012
Interview with Pete Jupp 2011





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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