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'Next To Parallel'
Released: 27th September 2011

Daryl Soar

daryl soar

A slightly more metal Alter Bridge with the same concentration on catchy choruses and simple honest songwriting. Wally Woods' vocals occasionally dip into an accented southern twang, but it doesn't detract from the over-emotional heartfelt lyrics – although that may just be my bias. His voice is a cross between the sung moments of Disturbed's David Draiman and Alter Bridge's Miles Kennedy. A very easy listening and appealing combo.


The band love their effects, and the guitars and vocals are awash with them. Despite this, the guitar work still sounds clear and focused, and the words cut through. The production values are very high, achieving a good balance between all instruments.

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It doesn't quite sound like a million-pound recording, but you'd have to be Simon Cowell to have any honest complaints. The musicianship is excellent, nothing stood out to me as godlike but it's clear a great deal of thought went into getting the songs right.

It's feel-good Metal. Even 'Dead And Cold' has an uplifting 'let's get out the Hoover and start moving' drive to it. You just can't help wanting to sing along even before you know the words. It's quite intoxicating from the get-go.

OK, the album didn't set my heart alight or fix a grin on my face that made my cheeks hurt, but I believe that's just down to the familiar feel of what the band has to offer. Everything on the album is just right, just so, right notes right on time.

Allele have achieved that rare feat of producing an album without a skip track. It may not be cutting a new groove, but I'd go as far as to say it's worth putting your hand in your pocket and picking up a copy.

The CD wouldn't be in my car stereo for months on end, but I'd certainly pick it out.




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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