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'Sleeping With Demons'
(Cargo Records)
Released 31st October 2011
Daryl Soar

daryl soar

The Legendary Occult Prog Rockers are back! The first studio album for decades sees guest performances from Tony Martin, ex frontman from their one time rival Black Sabbath, and original vocalist Kay Garret.

The album kicks off with simple tribal drums leading into the brilliantly entertaining 'Hail Satan' with its classic sing along chorus and Heavy Metal pan pipes. This really sets up the rest of the album as a trip through prog experimentation complete with all it's foibles and eccentricities.

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'That's When Evil Touched Me' reinvents electro-pop. Onwards we sail through a timewarp into 'Party Time For Demons'. The diversity of composition and instrumentation should be sufficient to keep anyone happy. Samples and spoken words tell tales of wicked deeds and Satanic rituals as song after song helps us believe in 'Sleeping With Demons'. We are piped from musical theatre to hard rock and back again with a trusty Hammond organ always at hand when needed.

The fourth track 'Even The Devil Gets The Blues' is a bluesy number written specially for Kay Garret to show off her vocal talents. Her voice carries us on to the next song and the relentless Satanic verses of the album. If it wasn't for the inconvenient truth of sequence, you could believe this album formed part of the inspiration for Tenacious D's 'Pick Of Destiny'.

In 1970 this kind of album would have been controversial and attracted public outcry. The beauty of this album is the maintenance of a perfect self deprecating sense of humour that lends an integrity to the music and engenders it with credibility. Continuing the ever-so British feel and approach is the irony that such a classically British sounding album was recorded in Thailand.

This album has taken me to places I had long forgotten, Rocky Horror, Deep Purple, Wasp, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and so many more. Black Widow are entirely themselves.

I've reached a point where I daren't say any more as it's starting to feel like revealing the end to The Sixth Sense.

A brilliant return to the fold. Hail Satan!




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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