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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

H.E.A.T
'Address The Nation'
(Ear Music)


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heat address the nation

Swedish melodic hard rockers H.E.A.T return with that all important third album, a follow up to the critically acclaimed 'Freedom Rock'. Yet this album is a little more special as it features new singer Erik Gronwell.

H.E.A.T had already made a big splash for themselves in their homeland with Top 10 hits and got themselves to the finals of the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest with the excellent '1000 Miles'.

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World domination was expected for our jolly Swedes after the release of their second album but they committed commercial suicide a month after it's release when a clash of egos meant that singer Kenny Leckremo went his own way playing his last dates with the band on low profile dates here in the UK.

Fans were in up in arms thinking it was all over. As soon as the roller coaster had reached it's height, it all seamed downhill from there.

The fans were still in doubt when it was announced that the new vocalist was the winner of Swedish Idol 2009. All doubts were pushed aside with a successful slot at Download Festival last year with Classic Rock Magazine proclaiming: "A fully-fledged homage to AOR that bellies their youth, H.E.A.T are one of the weekend's unexpected highlights."

H.E.A.T. have made another feel good factor rock album and very much has the spirit of Bon Jovi's 'Slippery When Wet' album. Produced by Tobias Lindell (Europe, Hardcore Superstar) this album sensibly clocks in at around the forty minute mark with ten songs that make you reach for the repeat button as soon as you get to the end.

Yes this album is full of punchy choruses and those Bon Jovi-esque "Whoah"'s and "Hey"'s. Just check out the intro to 'Breaking The Silence' where the band 'Let It Rock'.

It's hard to pinpoint the best tracks on here but I can't stop playing the opener, the new single 'Living On The Run', 'Better Off Alone' and my favourite of the lot, 'In And Out Of Trouble' which features some neat sax appeal, or is that a clarinet...?

Who cares, this is pure AOR bliss that is crying out to be blasted at full volume in your car in the summertime with the sun roof down.

Erik Gronwell has stamped his new identity all over this album... It rocks... H.E.A.T are H.O.T, H.O.T, H.O.T...




18.4.12




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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