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Saxon really have gone to town with their new release of 'Heavy Metal Thunder - Live - Eagles Over Wacken', available in a variety of disguises to suit all sizes of wallets.

The limited edition uber box set package featuring three separate full sets from Wacken Festival from 2004, 2007 and 2009 has already sold out but there's still plenty of material in the DVD + 2CD set that is a must for any Saxon fan.

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The Wacken Festival has grown from it's humble beginnings to now being recognised as the biggest Metal festival held in the world. The Metal equivalent of Glastonbury.

Saxon have already released the 'Chronicles' DVD of their 2002 performance at Wacken and this release brings us up to date featuring highlights from their last there performances shortened into a mammoth three hour set, best enjoyed by inviting your denim and leather clad mates around to your gaff and share a few tinnies.

Watching Saxon at Wacken in front of 75,000 fans you realise just how big Saxon are on the continent. Whilst Metal took a heavy downturn in the dark grunge years of the mid nineties, it was countries like Germany that kept the Metal machine alive, especially for those who played what is now known as classic rock. Something us Brits have to be highly thankful for.

This is Saxon at their best and in all full Metal glory on the big stage.

But it's not all just about Wacken as the audio 2 CD disc features a full live set recorded at the ABC in Glasgow last year in front of a lively crowd on the excellent 'Call To Arms World Tour', a must have souvenir for anyone who witnessed them on that tour.

Also available is a standard double live CD is the full 'Fans Choice Set List' from their 2009 show at Wacken which surprisingly not only featured the classics but also the very best from their later years.

As Biff Byford states during 'Denim And Leather': "It was Wacken that set the spirit free."

Or as they say in German: "Dis ist ein Vacken gut DVD".

Or as they say 'oop north in Barnsley: "You be Wacken off in your bedroom to this DVD package."

Click here for Mark's recent audio interview with Biff and hear him chatting about this release and Wacken. We also have a competition running where you can win 'Heavy Metal Thunder - Live - Eagles Over Wacken'. Click here to enter.




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.

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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