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Afterlife are a hard rock band who were formed in early 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland and feature former members of the band Logan.

'Omega' is their debut full length album via Off Yer Rocka Recordings which follows their independently released debut EP 'Alpha' in 2012. The band are amassing quite a following around the UK and have already shared stages with Bonafide, Nashville Pussy and Terrorvision.

The 'Omega' album, recorded during the summer of 2013 at a secluded studio overlooking Loch Fyne in Scotland, is eleven top notch tracks that will surely further the band's reputation as one of Scotland (and the UK's) finest young bands.

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Kicking things off with 'Energy' is a good move for the band because the title of the song really describes the mood of the album – it's jam packed full of energy! The track itself has a good guitar riff which is backed up with a meaty guitar solo from Al Reilly while vocalist Pete McCoy sounds good and proves his worth by holding onto some of the longer notes without his voice wavering at all.

'Way Back Home' and 'Survivor' have a similar feel and sound to tracks by Seattle legends, Soundgarden but if you're not a fan of them, it doesn't make the songs any less than enjoyable with the former being especially good as it's slower in tempo giving the band a chance to really shine, especially drummer Iain Stratton who produces some accomplished drum fills before he's joined by Reilly for another great guitar solo.

The bands first single from the album, 'Lost', is one of the heaviest songs here by some margin as the solid guitar hook drives the song along and McCoy puts in another great performance. His voice just soars through the song before the guitars and drums take over in a short mid-song instrumental section. The heartfelt lyrics add an extra element to the song which are by no means depressive but certainly melancholic.


Likewise the curiously named 'Wolf Bitch' retains the heavy guitar sound but the band still manage to add a bounce to it. The guitar solo here, from Reilly is almost hidden under the main guitar riff and drum track but still sounds good. The wolf howls are expected of course, and you're not disappointed with them added on at the end - and very good impressions they are too.

Current single 'Masters of Reality' is a slower paced number with a particularly heavy sounding guitar riff. This isn't Black Sabbath heavy but it's certainly related by intent if nothing else. The mid-section is a showcase for both the guitarists Brown and Reilly along with drummer Stratton and leads straight into the well executed guitar solo. This is easily one of my favourites too if that's anything to go by.

'What Do We Die For' has Stratton working away behind the drum kit producing an array of drum fills which keeps this mid-paced number going as McCoy gets to grips with the memorable chorus. The quiet mid-section gives some respite and allows him to stretch his voice before the guitar solo kicks in.

'The Answer' is the nearest the band get to a ballad being, as it is, the slowest song here and McCoy gives one of his best performance as you really hear the emotion in his voice. The subtle guitar track adds a little something extra to the sound which stops it being overly power ballad-y but it's a great song and one that the band should be very proud of.

Track Listing:
Act Of Defiance
Way Back Home
Follow Where I Go
What Do We Die For
Masters Of Reality
Wolf Bitch
The Answer

You can see the official lyric video for 'Masters Of Realtiy' here:

Afterlife are:
Pete McCoy - Vocals
Al Reilly - Lead Guitar
Stewart 'Raggy' Brown - Guitar
Steve Reilly - Bass
Iain Stratton - Drums

Afterlife Online:
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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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