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'Skrap Metal Volume II'
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Johnny Main

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final trigger

Final Trigger are a Toronto-based four piece and innovators of the 'Skrap Metal' genre. What is this new genre of music I hear you ask? Well, the best way that I can describe it, is to liken it to a mix of Metal guitars and vocals, Hip-Hop beats and some very funky bass guitar.

Intrigued? I was certainly curious to see how they would sound and was pleasantly surprised by the output of this three way musical fusion. Sure, this may sound like a bit of a car-crash to some of you, but if you like your music to be a bit more experimental, then this is one band that I highly recommend.

Broken down into their component parts, Final Trigger consist of J-Roc who provides the main guitar-driven structures and the screaming vocals whilst bass player Fazio backs this up in his own unique way, throwing out funky bass lines and in turn creating a solid background over which are laid the drums provided by J.J. Tartaglia.

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Bringing up the rear, and fulfilling the DJ role, is Metal D who helps the band achieve their unique sound. Not many rock bands can boast a DJ, and it's the fact that Final Trigger have one helps to give this particular band their identity and their unique sound.

What this quartet does, is to very successfully marry three different elements of music into one sound to create a fusion of high-energy Metal songs with a hip-hop feel in the background. Having shared stages with Suicidal Tendencies, Marilyn Manson, Dillinger Escape Plan and Protest The Hero amongst others, the band bring their unique sound and anthemic choruses right up to date with a second volume of tunes which follows on from their critically acclaimed 2009 debut album, called simply 'Skrap Metal'.

With this second album, the band have produced an album that whilst once again deviating in structure quite significantly from standard rock fare, they manage to produce a highly listenable album, without the listener actually having to struggle to keep up with vocal lines or rhythms.

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Take for example, the song 'Everyday' - the song starts off with a simple piano melody, before the almost simplistic drums and bass join in. Add to this a tuneful guitar courtesy of J-Roc, which weaves its way through the track along with the vocals clear and sunbg with eloquence, before the heavier portion of the track kicks in for a short burst with heavy guitar and stronger vocal inflections before the song reverts back to how it began, creating an interesting experiment in merging different genres – a trick that this album pulls off time and again.

Also worthy of a mention is 'Time I've Wasted' – it starts off as a bit of an oddity, to be honest, with an extended intro that seems to be more of an unrehearsed jam between guitar and drums with a bit of DJ scratching added in before out of nowhere comes a strong guitar riff before the J-Roc's vocals well and truly burst out of the speakers.

The track does have a rather mellow middle section which is in contrast to the downbeat and serious subject matter, but this extraordinary mix all combines to make this one of my favourite tracks on the album.

You can watch the official video for 'Face It' here:

Face It
Through The Darkness
Knock Somebody Out
Just A Freak
Time I've Wasted

Band Members:
J-Roc – Vocals/Guitars
Fazio – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Metal D – DJ/Vocals
J.J. Tartaglia – 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.

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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