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  BEST OF 2012

Daryl Soar

daryl soar


Best Band has to be TESTAMENT. 2012 has seen the thrash behemoths stamp their authority on the globe putting in sparkling live performances and releasing a worthy successor to 'Formation Of Damnation' in the epic and magnificent 'Dark Roots Of Earth'.

Replacing a drummer is never easy but Testaments revolving door is filled by familiar face Gene Hoglan. Having interviewed Eric and seen the rest of the band deal with public and press, I can confirm these heroes are as genuine as you could hope anyone to be.

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Best Album of 2012 was a close run thing but in the end it has to be Lamb Of God's 'Resolution'. While Testament's 'Dark Roots Of Earth' was not far behind, after nearly 12 months of living with 'Resolution' it still excites me.

Like a long lost Pantera album it has all the swing of 'Redneck' without compromising any of their math-Metal musical integrity. It's not often you come across an album with this level of uncompromising ferocity that retains enough musicality to keep a listener engaged.

Best festival is shared between Download and Bloodstock. Bloodstock for the experience and Download for the line-up.

If you've missed Bloodstock, get yourself along as it's a modern festival with an old school friendly atmosphere. Download this year had the best mud I've ever seen. The place dried up for Lamb Of God who put on the best performance of 2012.

The world is awash with three day festivals and they are becoming a much-of-muchness, for this reason, Bloodstock deserves high praise for standing out from the crowd as a shining example of how to stage a real Metal spectacular.

The most annoying moment of 2012? Well for me it has to be the moment I thought I'd failed to record my interview with Testament's Eric Peterson. MetalTalk's Tina Saul witnessed the moment and said she thought I was going to cry, which I nearly did.

The most annoying moment for Metal in 2012 is the on-going saga of Randy Blythe's prosecution following the death of a fan. I am crossing everything in the hope that Randy is acquitted.

Bring on 2013. I can't wait for more Metal madness.




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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