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'Tales Of The Ost'
29th December 2011

John Oakley

john oakley

Take five vampires who've decided the London Heavy Metal scene is now the place they can finally show their unearthly, immortal talents to unsuspecting audiences, add some great Metal riffs that Maiden and Saxon would be proud of, and stories of the fighting on their fabled World War Two Stuka Squadron. Metal it seems is the only thing that distracts these Lords of the Undead from their lust for blood or the divebombing Stuka.

For all the cliches, actually its bloody (he he) good stuff. A night out with the Stuka Squadron is a real show (however low budget), and well worth the effort. Their debut album showcases favourites from the live show such as the immortal eponymous 'Stuka Squadron': an outstanding track that first grabbed me by the throat from a cover disk of Classic Rock.


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Cheap theatrics aside, its damn good Metal. 'Tales Of The Ost', with its anthemic chorus and 'On The Volga Bridge' are stand out epics that take you on a fantastic journey, whereas 'We Drink Blood' stupefies with predictable silliness, with a tongue firmly planted in its cheek!

Where the record (and live show) lets itself down on occasion perhaps is the limited vocal range of James 'Duke Fang' Begley, but with a few virgins sacrificed to the alter this may well improve with experience (or just eat another vampire and take their power!).

Most songs conform to a rhythm that chugs away, and has nods to NWOBHM classics by numbers and Duke Fang regales us with stories from the Front. 'Lovecraft' builds to a climax, and shows influences that inspire the rest of the album, but has a lighter tone. Fleshed out by a soundtrack of WWII, it's a well trodden path!

'Zabulon's Inferno' live has many transitions that bring the show to a close with plenty of blood letting, and the guitars certainly do the talking. Its bestial, and comic at the same time. Gravedigger, Lord Pyre and the prolific George Gt Stergiou's musical talents battling with the guitars with more than a passing nod to Maiden et al is where really the backbone of the group is at!

My advice is check them out wherever they are playing near you, and indeed (or I'm not sure wisely!) a prolific tour of places near and far including ermm... Germany beckons in 2012.

The band are certainly getting great exposure. Although stay away from the sunlight lads..!

All in all, it's a great opening gambit that has many nods to the past near and far, and surely as these reawakened Lords of the Undead get more used to equally blood sucking music industry, it can only be theirs to take by storm.

In a world where Viking Metal and Folk Metal and indeed 40s Battle Metal with Sabaton has shown the way, surely Vampire World War II Metal must be next. More power to them.




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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