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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

VIRGIN STEELE: 'AGE OF CONSENT'


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It's been thirty years since American Power Metal legends Virgin Steele unleashed their 'Barbaric romantic creations' with their eponymous debut which was the first very release on the Music For Nations label, a place that would later be home to Metallica, Anthrax, Mercyful Fate and even Poison.

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Whilst those bands went on to become household names in the world of Metal, the career of Virgin Steele took on a few twists and turns but the band kept on plunging the sword through the very heart of Metal and refusing to die building up a loyal following around the world.

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'Age Of Consent' was the fourth full length album from Virgin Steele and was originally released way back in 1988 without any advertising, poor distribution and became a commercial failure.

Lead singer and classically trained pianist David DeFeis states this album is "the one that got away" and you could say that this is an understatement because what is on offer here is of a high quality with symphonic operatic sounds that would later influence many sounds coming out of the European Metal scene this last decade and when you consider that Virgin Steele actually supported Manowar in Europe prior to this release, you can't help but think that Joey and the boys took the vision of DeFeis for their own good on later day Manowar albums.

'Age Of Consent' has been re-mastered and has a much longer running time and order from it's original release with some of the extra tracks being far superior than those on the original release. It's the epic tracks on here that really stand out. Opener 'The Burning Of Rome (Cry For Pompeli)' starts off in immaculate pompous fashion and would make contestants on the X-Factor run for their lives.

Rome wasn't built in a day but if you play this little number on full volume then it would most certainly be destroyed in a day without the use of fire.

'Perfect Mansions (Mountains Of The Sun)' and 'Serpent's Kiss' are two more majestic epics that show the prowess of David DeFeis not only on the keys but also his high octave scale that can shatter glass. If only there wasn't an Eric Adams in the world then DeFeis would be the man everyone would be praising.

There are also hints at the band going in a commercial sounding direction which lets this album down just a shade. 'Seventeen' is hair Metal at it's worst and using an outside writer on 'Stay On Top' may have been record company interference at the time as this song was also recorded without success by Uriah Heep on their 'Head First' album five years earlier. There's also a brave stab at 'Desert Plains', originally done by Judas Priest.

With an extra disc, 'Under The Graveyard Moon', this is a neat package that would even please fans new to the band. Now how about a return to the UK Mr DeFeis?



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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.

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