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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

KROKUS
'Long Stick Goes Boom - Live From Da House Of Rust'
(Sony Music)


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Swiss rollers Krokus have been going for almost forty years now, but it wasn't until Maltese singer Marc Storace joined the band for their fourth album, 'Metal-Rendezvous', in 1980 that the band were recognized on the international market, especially in Europe and the UK.

The few years that followed were arguably the pinnacle years of Heavy Metal history with Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and AC/DC all releasing classic albums and Krokus were right up there with them riding the wave with the hard hitting albums 'Hardware', 'One Vice At A Time' and 'Headhunter' all denting the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

However whilst the aforementioned bands went on to become global household names the spotlight was turned off for Krokus after a split in the ranks and ill advised cover versions from the American record company to follow the success that Quiet Riot had with 'Cum On Feel The Noize'.

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Whilst a cover of Sweet's 'Ballroom Blitz' gained them some new American fans, it totally alienated their strong European fan base and a bog standard cover of Alice Cooper's 'School's Out' a couple of years later from the below par album 'Change Of Address' in 1986 did further damage to the foundations of Krokus.

Various guises of Krokus have continued throughout the years with both Marc Storace and guitarist Fernado von Arb steering the reigns, although both had taken separate breaks from the band themselves.

Krokus finally found their mojo again when in 2008 the classic line up of Storace, von Arb along with Chris von Rohr, Mark Kohler and dummer Freddy Steady reunited resulting in the 'Hoodoo' album a couple of years later. A welcome return to form.

Freddy Steady didn't hang around for too long with his place now taken by Flavio Mezzodi on the stool and one time member Mandy Meyer rejoining the ranks for last years 'Dirty Dynamite' opus meaning that just like Iron Maiden, Krokus now have three guitarists in the band which now has been documented on this very fine live album.

'Long Sticks Goes Boom - Live From Da House Of Rust' is the third live album in the career of Krokus, but this is the definitive release captured in front of an enthusiastic audience in their home country of Switzerland last August.

Opening with the immortal heads down classic of 'Long Stick Goes Boom' with the opening lines of "He don't know about 69", this is how true Heavy Metal should sound. You'll be reaching for the air guitar before the chorus kicks in, although I could have done without the little tribute to The Who towards the end as this track is a full on classic in it's own right.

More recent material like 'Hallelujah Rock 'N Roll', 'Dog Song' and 'Hoodoo Woman' ride neatly along with older firm favourites such as 'Bedside Radio' and 'Heatstrokes' while the ballad 'Screaming In The Night' is a timely reminder of how big Krokus could've been and even the latter day 'Hellraiser' is a blast with this line up performing it.

For novices this is a good introduction into the world of Krokus and older fans may want to check out their last two albums after hearing this. For those who are going to this year's Hard Rock Hell festival where Krokus will be playing a long overdue UK date, you're going to be in for a treat on this evidence. Krokus will make your long stick go boom. It could get messy.

Marc Storace and Chris von Rohr recently spoke to MetalTalk's Mark Taylor and you can read that interview right here.

You can win a fully signed copy of Krokus 'Long Sticks Goes Boom - Live From Da House Of Rust' by entering MetalTalk's competition right here.


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6.6.14




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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