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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

UFO
'Seven Deadly'
(SPV/Steamhammer)
Release Date: 28th February 2012


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UFO have led a chequered life and amazingly, throughout their history some fourty musicians have at one time or another have played a part in the band. With more colourful characters in the history of the band than in your average Walt Disney film it is no surprise that the story of the band is full of high and lows.

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'Seven Deadly' is the 20th full length studio album from UFO and is the fourth album to feature guitarist Vinnie Moore who joined in time for 'You Are Here' in 2004. Sadly, once again Pete Way is not involved whilst he cleans up his personal act and he is badly missed. His bass duties fall to an uncredited Lars Lehamann who has worked with Uli Jon Roth in the past. The curent line up is completed by long stayers Andy Parker (drums), Paul Raymond (keyboards and guitar) and the sometimes eccentric but loveable Phil Mogg on vocals.

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This album was originally going to be titled 'Last Of The Bone Riders' until it was decided that the American market might not agree with UFO's tounge in cheek humour (think Brokeback Mountain) and sees the band head in a more blusier direction.

Without a Schenker or a Way calling any of the shots this gives Phil Mogg more of a free rein and to be honest this new direction, which admittedly the band have been going towards on the last few albums, suits Mogg's voice a whole lot better in the twilight years.

That's not to say there isn't any rockers on the album. 'Fight Night' kicks off with a mean riff and does the heads down 'Wonderland'. 'Mojo Town' is the first blues number which points in a heavy direction and is one of a few which feature female backing vocals ala Lynyrd Skynyrd style.

Vinnie Moore is more predominant on this album, often throwing in more than one hook on each track, 'Year Of The Gun' being a fine example. 'Burn Your House Down' is one of my favourites on the album with Rolling Stonesy backing vocals and more self thoughtful lyrics from Mogg.

'The Fear' features some fine harmonica and 'Waving Goodbye' finally get to hear some keyboard work from Paul Raymond and is one of the album's strong points.

'Seven Deadly' is a real grower for the more adult rock fan and proves that UFO don't need to rely on nostalgia to keep the legend alive and well.



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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.

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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