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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

ANVIL: 'STRENGTH OF STEEL', 'POUND FOR POUND' AND 'WORTH THE WEIGHT' RE-RELEASES


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The story of Anvil is a long and complex one best documented on the ground breaking film 'Anvil: The Story Of Anvil'. Since then Anvil have gone from strength to strength and finally reaped the rewards following years of flogging themselves out on the road to an audience who had almost all forgotten about them.

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In the early eighties Anvil were one of the prime speed Metal bands around and released a trio of classic albums with 'Hard 'N Heavy', 'Metal On Metal' and 'Forged In Fire'. Anvil had the world at their feet but creeping up from behind them were an array of thrash Metal bands like Metallica and Anthrax who would leave Anvil in the dust.

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Anvil got lost between the hair Metal scene for which they were considered too heavy and the thrash scene for which they were now considered not heavy or fast enough. Aerosmith manager David Krebs took charge of our Canadian heroes but his promises came to nothing and Anvil were left in limbo having to wait four years before they could be released from his contract and that had a massive negative impact on their career.

Life has now gone full circle for Anvil with the release of last year's critically claimed album 'Juggernaut Of Justice' embracing a whole new generation of fans.

SPV/Steamhammer Records are re-releasing those albums recorded during the wilderness years starting with 'Strength Of Steel' (1987), 'Pound For Pound' (1988) and 'Worth The Weight' (1992) and digi-pack CD's and glorious coloured vinyl of 'Worth The Weight'. This will be the very first time that album has been available on vinyl.

'Strength Of Steel' was originally released on the Metal Blade label back in 1987 and although the sound was still Anvil, the band's look had more in common with Motley Crue and Ratt, which alienated a lot of the hardcore fans.

Fluffy hair and red leathers made Anvil look desperate whilst ironically the bands that Anvil influenced in the whole thrash scene were getting away with wearing ripped jeans, trainers and t-shirts.

'Mad Dog' was more in the Ted Nugent mode and the band made a mad video of it for MTV. 'Concrete Jungle' is one of the better songs on this album, as is the chaotic instrumental 'Flight Of The Bumble Beast'.

A year later 'Pound For Pound' was out and would be the last to feature the original classic line up with Anvil going back to a more traditional look with Lips getting on his moral compass writing about the dangers of TV evangelism on 'Corporate Preacher' and the new fear of AIDS on 'Safe Sex' with the lines; "If I abstain, I'll go insane, Safe Sex. Give me sleaze and not disease", which inspired the 'Rubber Glove' tour. On the opposite end there was the un-PC 'Toe Jam'.

It would be another four years before the next studio album, 'Worth The Weight', which came out on the Mausoleum label with a new guitarist in Sebastian Marino playing in a more duelling role with Lips. This album would also be the last to feature original bassist Ian Dickson.

The album is a more darker and dense affair with more lyrics involving the fear of too much sexual lust in 'Sins Of The Flesh'. The nine minute, doomy 'Sadness - Love Me When I'm Dead' is about the young stars such as Jimi Hendrix and James Dean dying all too early.

There is more than enough in these re-releases to warrant an interest from new and old fans alike. Well worth the wait.



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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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