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'Bridge The Gap' plus video interview with The Mad Axeman


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Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © Diana Fabbricatore

The maverick Mad Axeman has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent years but now a clean minded and sober Michael Schenker delivers his best album since those classic MSG LP's from the early 80s.

Armed and ready with a new band that has toured throughout Europe for the last two years, Schenker now presents 'Temple Of Rock' which features the rhythm section of former Scorpions members Herman 'ze German' Rarebell on ze drums and bassist Francis Buchholz who haven't appeared on vinyl with Schenker since The Scorpions 'Lovedrive' album in 1979.

Completing the line-up is long stayer Wayne Findlay on the keys and guitar plus Scottish vocalist Doogie White who is no stranger to working with some of the very greatest guitarists including Ritchie Blackmore and Yngwie Malmsteen.

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Produced by Michael Voss and Michael Schenker himself, 'Bridge The Gap' is an album full of tumultuous tracks that will bend the ear drums with Schenker's fluid stunning and six string work oozing out of the speakers and begging the listener for repeated listens with tracks that ingrain themselves into your brain from a time when audio was king.

The album has a classic rock feel and is full of melodic delights from a mature line-up who know exactly what their game is.

Herman ze German plays heavier and faster than ever before, Schenker is at the top of his game and Doogie White takes hold of all the songs and stamps a Rainbow, Ronnie James Dio era, blueprint over these classics.

There are far too many songs full of quality to mention here but tracks such as the speaker blowing opener 'When The Wild Winds Blow', the Celtic majestic touch of 'Lord Of The Lost And Lonely', the Dio-esque 'To Live For The King' are among my personal favourites but that list changes with every listen.

There's plenty to discover here and this is an album where Schenker holds his Flying-V higher than anybody out there can in this field. Nobody is performing better than him at the moment.

And here's Mark's interview with Michael...

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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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