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Northamptonshire quintet Stormbringer have been around for a little over two years, but they've been working hard to grow their fan base.

Such is the extent of their increasing popularity that not only have they released this, their debut album, but they also have the privilege of being chosen as one of the bands to open up the main stage at the year's Bloodstock Open Air Festival held in Catton Park, Derbyshire.

So with all this going on, their debut album should be a corker then, shouldn't it? Well, you know what? That's exactly what it is, as it turns out!

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Clocking in at around 45 minutes this album is simply chock full of good old fashioned hard rock songs. Kicking all this off is the title track with its atmospheric thunderstorm sound effects setting the scene before the instrumental track blasts out, giving the album the best possible start whilst also, possibly, giving a nod to genre definers, Black Sabbath, in the process.

'Gazing At The Grave' gives us the first chance to hear the vocals of front man Michael Stockley and to be honest, they aren't quite what I expected. For some reason I thought the vocal sound would be much more harsh with the vocals lines being spat out, but the reality is quite the opposite, with clearly sung vocals in a classic rock style that are actually really quite good.


'Grinder' gives drummer, Jon Paul Quantrill, a chance to shine with his short drum fill at the start before the heavy guitar riff takes over. Vocalist Stockley does have a different sound here, with an effect laden vocal track – or is this another one of the band members helping out on vocal duties, I'm not too sure. Having said that, though, none of these effects detract at all from the song itself but instead gives the whole thing a slightly menacing feel - nice.

'Control' is another fairly straightforward mid-paced track with a lot of power. Stockley tests his vocal abilities to the limit whilst the short guitar solo almost gets lost in the mix – but that's just a minor quibble on an otherwise very enjoyable track.

Album closer 'Welcome To Hell' with its catchy chorus brings some more vocal effects and a great heavy main guitar riff that seems strangely familiar, but I just can't place it. Maybe it's just one of those very memorable riffs, but yet again, that song delivers on all counts.

Interestingly, the track 'Destroy'. This particular track starts off peacefully enough leading you to think it's the ubiquitous ballady, acousticy number, but those thoughts are quickly dispelled when the main riff starts. With its slower pace, though, it is a powerful song and certainly amongst some of the best work presented here. Again vocalist Stockley gives a stunning performance with his soaring vocals – again, top marks for effort.

Likewise, 'Sanity' is a good mid-paced track with some shouts in the background that could be used to good effect in a live situation to enliven the crowd before a great guitar soon kicks in to make this track a very enjoyable one. All in all though, this is a debut album that the band can be justifiably proud of and let's hope that this is the start of a great career for the band.

You can watch the official video for 'Grinder' here:

Gazing At The Grave
Mark Antony
Save Me
Darker Days
Welcome To Hell

Strombringer is:
Michael Stockley – Vocals
Ashley Smith – Guitar
Dominic Wallace – Guitar
Darren McCullagh – Bass
Jon Paul Quantrill – Drums

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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.


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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