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The Intrepid Fox, London

John Oakley

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Tonight we have competition for your ticket buying £. Feeder are reminding everyone about their CD Player in Brixton and Monster Magnet are Space Lording it over Camden. But for the hansom sum of £0 the upstairs room of the Intrepid Fox is rammed to the rafters with the growing fanbase of two much younger and fresher Metal acts!

Monument start the party (there is definitely a party vibe tonight, with the gathering of Metal mates in both bands and their fans), capitalising on the news of their plum spot at next year's Hammerfest. These guys are no strangers to Primitai as two of the band were in White Wizzard when they toured together.

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It's great for 'proper' Metal to be gaining such an audience in the London scene. We get a blistering true Metal set from Monument if slightly short. Highlights for me are 'Fatal Attack' and the homage to Jon Lord - a roaring version of 'Black Night'. The single 'Rock The Night' is memorable too - bringing the crowd to a noisy crescendo! A top warm up for the Primitai lads.

Primitai are bringing Metal back to Berkshire for sure. But tonight they're showcasing their wares at the other end of the M4/train line! We get treated to a much welcomed long set with many tracks from 'The Line Of Fire' album plus several new songs from the forthcoming album to be released in the new year. 'Buried Alive' gets an early airing which is surprising for such a classic track. 'Nocturnal Hordes' and 'Sin City' are other stand outs.


There is a brilliant atmosphere in the packed crowd, no stoopid moshing or crowd surfing, just banging heads, fist pumping, horn throwing and singing along... as it should be. Old school!!

The Priest and Maiden influences show through Guy Miller's strong vocals and the ace twin leads of axe heroes Srdjan Bilić and new boy Tom Draper. Chris Chilcott's 100 mph drum style is not to my trad Metal taste really, but with Jamie Lordcastle completing the rhythm section, their combined grooves suit the Primitai sound just fine!

Peter Ellis, Monument

If either of these bands are supporting a band you're going to see in the new year or if they're on a festival bill that you're attending they are both well worth checking out!

More power to both of them! This is what London (and Berkshire!) needs.





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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