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American Heavy Metallers Riot first made an explosion way back between 1977-81 with the release of three classic albums in 'Rock City', 'Narita' and 'Fire Down Under'. Albums full of headbanging delights with the debut being a major influence on the on coming NWOBHM scene.

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Riot also immortalised themselves in rock history by performing at the first Castle Donington Rock Festival in 1980 (it wasn't called Monsters Of Rock then) performing on the same bill as headliners Rainbow, Scorpions, Judas Priest, April Wine and Touch. They also played a notable date at Port Vale football ground a year later with Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Triumph and Vardis. Since then there profile has almost disappeared from the UK Metal scene.

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However Riot haven't been laying idle. Original guitarist Mark Reale re-ignited Riot in 1988 with a new line up to record the critically acclaimed 'Thundersteel' and 'Privilege Of Power' a couple of years later, Two albums that saw Riot make major dents in the European Metal scene and major success on the Japanesse market. It is that 'Thundersteel' line up along with touring guitarist Mike Fyntz that have got back together to record their latest album 'Immortal Soul'.

Thirty-four years on from their debut Riot have a vibrant freshness about them that sits comfortably in the current Metal scene. Older grey haired rockers looking for some 'Warrior' or 'Road Racin'' may be out of depth here but lovers of HammerFall and Helloween will lap this album up.

Opener 'Still Your Man' openly states where Riot are at today. Tony Moore has a clear high pitched voice that reaches all the scales. The duel guitar work has plenty of fluid and the powerhorse double drumming from Bobby Jarzombek has a fine amount of kick.

The eponymous 'Riot' is exactly that, over the top Metal that points towards the metal madness of Raven or Anvil. 'Sins Of The Father' has a Maiden-esque 'Aces High' intro before steering towards an arm waving chorus. 'Echoes' is another fist thumper sing along.

It's about time that the UK woke up to this sleeping giant. A visit to these shores is long overdue.




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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