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reckless love

The new album from Finnish glam pin-ups Reckless Love is a corker! It formed a heavy part of their recent UK tour so let's look in deeper.

'I Love Heavy Metal' is a boppy anthem that tributes most of their forefathers from Kiss to Crue and will get you preparing for a night out blasting this at full volume, even if you are a Bieber fan! Live it has been going down a storm, and doesn't half make a good t-shirt (I Reckless Love Heavy Metal, if you will...)

'Runaway Love' starts off with a riff that owes a certain level of plagiarism to Van Halen, but becomes more Bon Jovi as the song goes on. Not that its bad, with Olli crooning away, I'm sure many a young fan will want to Runaway with newly married Ollie and crew. In similar vein, I’m sure Def Leppard will want royalties for the 'Gods Of War' riff in 'Dying To Live', however it's a grower power ballad that is riff laden and probably good to put on for a first date.

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'Metal Ass' provides an excellent return to crowd singalong form, with some lovely solos bringing the song to an awesome crescendo. It's a self confessed heavier route for the bubblegum pop rock boys, it has Quiet Riot overtones and is highly punchy. Fantastic!

'Sex And Drugs And Reckless Love' is a hilarious typical Reckless Love song that sees the lads poking fun at themselves but its got a catchy chorus, and you can just hear the girls in the front row screaming for it... Oh yeah!

'Bad Lovin'' is a another great Reckless Love song which sums up the band's appeal. "It don't matter if you're straight, or gay, or Bi..." - you'll love the Reckless Love naughtiness. You naughty boys! If this is finely crafted, thoughtful and emotional according to the press release, I think your tongues are in your (or someone's) cheek very firmly!

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There is passion and depth here however, 'Hard Rain' tells of love and heartbreak and tenderness, and it is a tear jerker. Another one to save for the sofa, an open fire and a candlelit dinner with your best girlfriend.

'Night On Fire' (or 'Nightie On Fire' as I shall now call it), starts off with a great jungle gang vocal, and bops along like a mad thing. Yes, Reckless Hit Factory, you've written another great one!

In 'Die Hard', Olli’s voice reminds me of Slaughter in their glory 'Up All Night' days; it's a cracking song, but slower and more genuine in its story line. A real rocker, about fighting for freedom, and standing up for your rights.

If you are looking for reflection and a political heavyweight that tackles today's issues and addresses teenage angst, you won't find it here; this is just good time rock and parp, even if the odd classic riff has been paid a heavy homage to.

So, get out your hair straighteners, tease your hair, (guys too), and blast this out loud! Pure Finnish escapism.

In 2013, when too many bands are heavy, and screaming vocals depressingly, you need a bit of Reckless Love trashy rock. It's a guilty pleasure but it is worth it. The Reckless Love explosion goes on!





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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