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'Buffalo Summer'
(Retrobution Records)

Johnny Main

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Buffalo Summer are a quartet who hail from South Wales, where they formed just a couple of years ago. Since then, the band have had been steadily growing their reputation and their fan base sharing the stage with such established acts as Skid Row, Duff McKagan and Ugly Kid Joe, and now they have released this, their debut album.

What the album is, is ten tracks of solid rock music which is very much placed in the classic rock category with the band taking their influences from bands like Led Zeppelin and Free, but there's also a pronounced groove to the bands music which gives you the feeling that the band also worship at the altar of those Southern hard rock legends, Lynyrd Skynyrd too.

On a first listen to me, the album just seemed to fly by despite a running time of nearly forty minutes and after giving the disc several more spins, I discovered that they key to this album is that all the tracks are so damn listenable that you very quickly lose yourself in the music.

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Take 'Truth From Fable' for example; the track has some great guitar courtesy of Jonny Williams in between some great vocal lines from Andrew Hunt whilst drummer Gareth Hunt bashes out a good steady beat. This mid-paced track flows along really well, and before you know it, you're singing along to the catchy chorus and enjoying more of Williams sterling guitar work during the solo.

Likewise the equally strong 'Down To The River' which starts off with a lovely acoustic part before the main track really kicks in. Andrew Hunt's voice is particularly strong and bluesy here, and I think that the band could utilize the last vocal section of the song to good effect in a live gig as a bit of audience interaction.

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'Ain't No Other' is a rockier number which has a great (if short) build up. There's a another great guitar riff which just carries you through the track and the guitar solo towards the end of the track is just another example of what an asset to the band Williams is. Drummer Gareth Hunt gets another look-in here too with some interesting drum fills to make what could be an otherwise straight-forward rock track just a bit more interesting.

'March Of The Buffalo' is one of the slower tracks on the album, but is still has a great heavy riff taking you through the song whilst has Gareth Hunt again pounds away relentlessly on the drums at the back and with another catchy chorus done and dusted, the track gives way to the original riff again before the guitar solo really kicks in.

With an upcoming six date tour supporting German psychedelic hard rock trio Kadavar in October, you can bet that this is one gig that I certainly won't be missing and advise you to get down to see the band too, because if their live show is anything like this album, you're in for a treat!

She's All Natural
Down To The River
Truth From Fable
A Horse Called Freedom
Rolls On Through
Ain't No Other
March Of The Buffalo
Keep On Runnin'
Typhoid Mary
Ol' Duke

You can catch Buffalo Summer live here:
Wednesday 23rd October – The Borderline, London (supporting Kadavar)
Thursday 24th October – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton (supporting Kadavar)
Friday 25th October – The Cathouse, Glasgow (supporting Kadavar)
Saturday 26th October – Bodega, Nottingham (supporting Kadavar)
Sunday 27th October – The Deaf Institute, Manchester (supporting Kadavar)
28th October – The Exchange, Bristol (supporting Kadavar)

Buffalo Summer are:
Andrew Hunt - Vocals
Jonny Williams - Guitar
Darren King - Bass
Gareth Hunt - 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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