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'Tits Of Death' EP

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Putting aside any political correctness, if there's one way of getting yourself noticed in the music business that is to use what assets you have and put them out there for public display.

One band who not afraid of doing just that are the London based rock outfit Alexa De Strange who have a wide ranging appeal regardless of what end of the field you bat on or what perverse musical tastes you hold.

The band are fronted by the adorable Francesca Santamaria who commands eye grabbing attention and who has since changed her surname, but don't let me ruin anybody's dreams just yet. She is joined at the hip by her androgynous looking partner Shannon Lee who provides sexual bass lines and they are aided by the guitar work of George St Stergiou who brings the condiment of Metal to give the band that extra spicy flavour.

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I first saw Alexa De Strange make their live debut back in 2011 at a gig in Camden and I've been having a secret love affair with the band ever since.

The band earned themselves support slots with eighties artists such as Toyah and Adam Ant and there is a diversity of sounds in the band from both the seventies and the following decade brought neatly up to date into the now for those who like a little shine on their music.

This eye popping titled EP 'Tits Of Death' features four tracks kicking off with the rocking bombast of 'Blaze (In The Heart Of Hell)!' which is a good belter to start with before the sprinkle of 'Stardust' which stomps all over you in glittery platform boots that you just wanna touch.

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'Luxxxurious' sonically pounds you in the same way that Blondie did with 'Atomic' and features more wah-wah from Stergiou that you would find on a Uriah Heep record.

'If Only' is a mournful ballad in pace with Hazel O'Connor's 'Will You' and this is the heartbreak that would make you wanna break glass to.

There's an extended mix of 'Luxxxurious (This Bitch Bites! Richard Whittaker Remix)!' that just spins you round just like a record baby.

Dead or alive, Alexa De Strange take no prisoners. You can become bosom buddies with the band on Facebook where you can find details of how to grab yourself a copy.

Alexa De Strange have more than their fair share of knockers but I just love 'em to death.

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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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