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'Cold Reading'
(Sunn Creative Records)

Johnny Main

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bram stoker

Bram Stoker is a band that you may not have heard of before, but they have a history to be proud of and were one of the very first Prog Rock bands in the UK.

Formed in the 1970s, two original members, Tony Bronsdon and Tony Lowe, are still in the band and have released a brand new album that brings elements from the past bang up to date with the addition of vocalist Will Hack.

Title track, 'Cold Reading', has a great melody to it and seamlessly drifts along as the keyboards and voices blend together effortlessly. The punctuated guitar and drums lift the song slightly but don't interfere with the mood of the song at all. The Hammond organ, courtesy of the classically trained Bronsdon, harks back to the mid-seventies without dating the track as it feels fresh and alive against the other instruments picking up the tempo as it goes.

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'Calling Me Home' is a slightly slower piece in comparison to the title track and sounds like a mix between Pink Floyd and Genesis with the Hammond again taking centre stage. Another great guitar riff, courtesy of Lowe, comes and goes while Hack's short vocal lines come and go giving the music more room to expand whereas usually the lyrics are at the forefront of any song.

'Chasing Red' picks up the tempo once more with a more urgent vocal from Hack which is almost hidden under the keyboard/drum sound but never quite gets to the point where it is obstructed. A subtle guitar track is added to the mix before the pace picks up and the Hammond Organ returns to accompany the short guitar solo. Full of different moods, this is a great song that I found myself listening to time and again.

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The thing that's makes this album slightly unusual is that band are allowed to show off their musical ability by including five tracks with vocals and five instrumental tracks. This could be seen as a brave move in some quarters, but the band are so musically in sync that the instrumentals are good if not better than those with vocals. Amongst my favourites is 'Climbing the Gyroscope' which opens with the subtlest of keyboard sounds before it really takes flight.

'Fingal's Cave' too is another of the great instrumental numbers with its upbeat tempo and jaunty organ sounds. The album's longest track by some way, clocking in at just over six and a half minutes, this is certainly my favourite of the album mixing tempos and sounds to create a truly great soundscape giving the drums, guitar and, of course, the keyboards their moment in the spotlight demonstrating that this trio of musicians are supremely talented and deserve every ounce of success.

Climbing The Gyroscope
Cold Reading
Fast Decay
Calling Me Home
Chasing Red
New Adventure
Like Autumn Now
Fingal's Cave
Light at the End of the Tunnel

You can watch the official album trailer here:

Bram Stoker are:
Tony Lowe – Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar/Drums
Tony Bronsdon - Keyboards
Will Hack – Vocals

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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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