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Voted as best new band in the Classic Rock Awards for 2012, the three piece rockers from Adelaide, Tracer, were back to grace our shores once again in promotion of their second album 'El Pistolero'.

Opening up were a new young UK outfit, Cage The Gods, who had the hooks and looks. Full of crunchy riffs and soaring melodies, Cage The Gods looked confident and their sound was complimented by the bluesy, ballsy, classic rock riffs of Jam and the clear vocals of Peter Comerford.

A great introduction from the band, these young Gods are now un-caged... Lock up your daughters because Cage The Gods are on the prowl.

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Tracer have built themselves up a loyal fan base who are keen to see these underdogs deservedly go all the way to the top. Tracer hit the stage full of gusto with opener 'Too Much'. Michael Brown uses his Flying V to great affect cranking out the huge spacious riffs. The blend of grunge of classic rock gives Tracer a new dimension to explore.

New bassist Jett Heysen-Hicks is a solid player and uses up every inch on his side of the stage engaging with the audience down the front when he's not too busy rocking his head to every note being played. Drummer Andre Wise is a powerful beast who makes the two out front work harder with every song. When Brown sings the high notes he is right up there with Soundgarden's Chris Cornell in ability to scream.


'Voices In The Rain' is adoringly sung by the crowd, but Tracer are at their best when they head of into free fall jams hitting the ball for six and breaking down the boundaries of musical eloquence. Brown climbs the stage speakers for 'Wrecking Ball' as both band and audience head off into air nirvana, Brown even teasing with the riff to Led Zep's 'Whole Lotta Love' and I'm sure that was a dash of Iron Butterflys's 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' Slayer style thrown in for good measure.

Tracer were unbeatable tonight. They currently remain one of rock's best kept secrets but when the current dinosaurs finally lay to rest, you can bet on Tracer on being one of the future's rising stars.


Set lists:

Cage The Gods
The Ending
Bruce Willis
From The Start

Too Much
Manic For Ya
Walk Alone
Dirty Little Secret
Don't Forget My Name
Voice In The Rain
Spaces In Between
El Pistolero
Wrecking Ball
Lady Killer
There's A Man
Dead Garden

Santa Cecila
Devil Ride







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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