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Angel Witch were one of the forerunners of the NWOBHM scene and released their eponymous debut in 1980. Although Angel Witch divided opinion the debut has since became an occult cult classic for many doom Metal enthusiasts and some thirty years later original member Kevin Heybourne returns with a well knowledgeable younger hungry band ready to put the name back to where it belongs. The new album, 'As Above, So Below' lives up to the legendary status that the name deserves.

They certainly had their work cut out tonight with two support acts from Sweden taking a breather from the Amon Amarth tour to play especially for this one off show. In Solitude had an early Mercyful Fate sound mixed with the fast elements of Black Sabbath. The PA was almost as dead as the fox around Pelle Ahman's neck but for those early through the doors were treated to a fine darky and doomy set.

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Grand Magus are a power Metallic trio who could've easily been headliners in their own right as they had the whole of the Garage behind them playing such great titles such as 'Like The Oar That Strikes The Water' with good crowd interaction and 'Hammer Of The North', Viking Metal at it's best, the ante was upped for the rejuvenated Angel Witch.

Any pre-show nerves were soon banished as Angel Witch launched into 'Dead Sea Scrolls' the opening track from the new opus 'As Above, So Below', one of three new songs played tonight that were originally demoed three decades ago but brought back to life by this energised band that played with enthusiasm and vigour.

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Kevin Heybourne comfortably plays great duel guitar work with live band member Bill Steer. The rhythm section of bassist Will Palmer and drummer Andy Prestidge are solid as a cauldron.

'White Witch', 'Atlantis' and 'Baphomet' have never sounded better and a great instrumental workout of the old B-Side 'Dr Phibes' works well. The rarely performed 'Free Man' is a highlight sounding like a cross between Sabbath and Skynyrd which segues into the menacing 'Angel Of Death'.

Ending with the eponymous anthem 'Angel Witch' we walked out onto the streets that were full of Highbury like football hooligans with cries of "You're an Angel Witch, you're an Angel Witch".

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The injection and passion of the new members has lifted Angel Witch to a much higher level than that of the many other NWOBHM ghosts that are left behind playing in bar sized venues.

Watching tonight's packed out show it was easy to see where bands like Megadeth progressed from. The music of Angel Witch is as relevant now as it was thirty years ago.

This was Metal for muthas alright. A glorious night of Metal bridging the generation gap.

We Were Never Here
The World, The Flesh, The Devil
To Her Darkness
Witches Sabbath
On Burning Paths

Like When The Oar Strikes The Water
Silver Into Steel
I, The Jury
Wolf's Return
Hammer Of The North
Iron Will

Dead Sea Scrolls
White Witch
Into The Dark
Dr Phibes
Free Man
Angel Of Death

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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.


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.

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