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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

THE CRINGE
'Hiding In Plain Sight' (Sony/RED) Plus Exclusive Video Interview

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So who are The Cringe I hear you ask?

Well anybody who saw the New Yorkers support Steel Panther on their recent UK tour will know that here is a band unafraid to be thrown from the fire in into the frying pan because The Cringe are a talented band full of scorching tunes ranging from the grungy sounds of Foo Fighters and Kyuss to the power pop authenticity of Cheap Trick built on a foundation of the Beatles.

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The Cringe have already been making some big splashes on the other side of the pond having released four albums since their formation in 2004. 'Hiding In Plain Sight' is their fourth album and it finally gets a long overdue UK release.

The band have some pedigree too. Built around the talents of band leader and song writer John Cusimano who sings, plays the rhythm guitar and provides organic keyboard sounds. Drummer Shawn Pelton has performed with Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow whilst lead guitarist James 'Roto' Rotondi used his versatility in Mr Bungle. This is all complimented by Jonny Matias on bass.



If The Cringe had been around ten years earlier they would have been household names by now because this album is full of sounds that were a daily staple on MTV in the nineties. The difference with The Cringe is that their music is more uplifting with a positive edge rather than a band that want to tie a rope around their necks.

Openers 'Rushing Through The World' and 'Finally Gonna Be On Your Own' are upbeat belters racing at the same pace as the Foo Fighters finest moments. 'Deep Girl' has a deep grungy groove, whilst 'One Horse Town' is tinged with country and 'Gimme Resurrection' has the acoustic flavour as delivered by Sugar Ray.

'Get Me Some' pays homage to the seedier side of life in New York and with it's grinding organ sound feels like your witnessing it from the window of a subway train.

There are plenty of tasty flavours on this album. You'll be wise to try some.

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Before their show with Steel Panther at the Brixton Academy in London, MetalTalk's Mark Taylor caught up with The Cringe to find out how the tour had been going for the band and to talk about their promotional videos for 'Hiding In Plain Sight' plus what lays ahead for the future.








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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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