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Jahnhunderthalle, Frankfurt

John Oakley

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On the outskirts of Frankfurt, the Armies Of The Immortals are gathered! A modern concert venue, of the size of perhaps Brixton, is full of Metal warriors from far and wide, here to heed the call of the Lords Of Metal.

From the intro theme from Ben Hur, we are called to the alter of true Metal. High Priest Eric Adams has us by the balls with the eponymous 'Manowar', the traditional set opener. The crowd are his from the first moment the speakers explode into life with his operatic tones. His voice is in fine form tonight... so much so, my ears are ringing for days after.

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Tonight's set contains several numbers from the new 'Lord Of Steel' album, but is in essence a similar set to that we were treated to at Birmingham and on the recent UK tour.

From overblown solos that finish with ritualistic demands for the Sign Of The Hammer, (which is reciprocated by the ENTIRE audience), to new songs including 'El Gringo' and 'Lord Of Steel' which are well received by the Manowar faithful.

Tonight, the Kings Of Metal can do no wrong. There is no ridiculous interval, thank God, and even the merchandise has gone up a notch in terms of quality, so it seems they have learned lessons from the last tour.

Noticeable highlights are Karl Logan's solos and the sheer power of Eric Adams' voice. Under-rated I feel, in comparison to his peers, it shows emotion and operatic power that surely cannot be matched by many of the Heavy Metal Godfathers.

Joey De Maio holds court, telling us how Germany has always been good to Manowar, and we are all of course Warriors Of True Metal... Cheers brother! Hail!


'Sons Of Odin' is next and it proves to be a firm crowd favourite, before the amazing sight of the whole audience pumping the air to 'Hail And Kill'!

There are some classics left out tonight. I'd love to hear 'Gloves Of Metal' get an outing and 'Sign Of The Hammer' and even 'Hail To England' itself, but Manowar's modern day catalogue is easily strong enough and has won over so many new fans that these can be left for another day.

As I reminisce afterwards, the days of the Marquee gig, which was until recently the last time they played the UK, are a distant memory for the Kings Of Metal, who are doing very well putting on a very professional tour in lands where they are hailed as the true Metal heroes they really are.

I later partied deep into the night with the inner circle of The House Of Death. Warriors of previous campaigns were out in force, but back to the gig and 'Warriors Of The World' unites us all for the encore.

Each and every one of us wants to be the Warrior born to fight and die, and if we should die in battle, we'll be remembered for this one moment in rock history! It's something to hang on to in a world of shite bosses and stress.


Manowar allow you to be the Manowarrior and ride off into the sunset and feast at the halls of Valhalla, and fuck real life. It's sure why I'm here...

The bombastic 'Black Wind, Fire And Steel' is the only way the gig can finish, with everyone once more in Sign Of The Hammer stance for the outro tape of 'Crown And The Ring'.

A classic gig, with an airing of new songs and modern classics in a lovely town with great drinking buddies and hundreds of Manowar fans... and to quote the mighty De Maio, "we - will - return!!"

Now, where did I park my long ship?

Rating: All Men Play On 10 (out of 5, of course)





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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