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MONUMENT: Nambucca, London
Photos by Jirina Kantova


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Monument were playing a one off special to celebrate the release of their new single, 'Black Night', a cover of the Deep Purple classic.

Not that the band had ran out of ideas, far from it, as this is to raise funds for a very special charity, The Sunflower Jam, a charity that started life in 2005 by Jacky Paice, wife of the legendary Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, who along with her twin sister Vicky, who was happily married to Jon Lord before his sad passing, have held yearly events featuring a whole host of some of the biggest names in rock to highlight and bring happiness to those who are suffering from leukaemia and cancer.

Last year's Sunflower Jam was held at the Royal Albert Hall and featured Alice Cooper, Brian May, Bruce Dickinson, Ian Paice and John Paul Jones and many others. This year's event later in the year will be a special tribute featuring the works of the late great Jon Lord.

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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson sang 'Black Night' at last year's event and it's a fitting choice for Monument to have their own heavy stamp on this which also features keyboard work from Firewind's Bob Kationis. It's a fine cover which needs your wonga contribution for a very worthy cause.

The stage at the Nambucca is no bigger than the one at the Ruskin Arms but Monument attack the stage as if it's the Long Beach Arena. Now let's not beat around the bush here. Monument are heavily influenced by all things Iron Maiden and there's nothing wrong in that because their conviction and passion is compelling. Singer Peter Ellis has his leather sleeves rolled up and has an' in yer face attitude and dosen't give up until the crowd scream for him.

peter ellis monument

The axe attack dual guitar sounds of Dan Baune and Lewis Stephens are a harmonic force in a battlecry with the traditional galloping bass lines of Matt Scott. Monument have the feel of a young authentic NWOBHM band with a hunger to kill.

You can't help but raise your beer glass in the air whilst singing along to 'Fatal Attack' and 'Carry On' with it's "Woaoaoahh!!" simplistic Metal chorus. All classic headbanging stuff.

New material being played for the first time tonight such as 'Runaway' and 'Crusaders' show plenty of mouth watering promise.

peter ellis monument

Current Tank and former Bruce Dickinson bassist Chris Dale was invited up for 'Black Night' and the band really excelled here with a monumentous live version leaving behind any feel of Maiden and giving themselves a chance to indulge into an open space of inspired fulfilment.

A short set that finished into the early hours where Monument rocked the night.

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Set List:
Fatal Attack
Carry On
Midnight Queen
Black Night
Rock The Night


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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.

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