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Y'know, rock as a whole is pretty good at being bent and shaped in whatever way you want. It can also suck in the influence of any other musical genres that wander too close and very often you will get back something that is at least interesting.

Rock seems to have a particular affinity for horns. Even the boys and girls of the more, shall we say, extreme Metal persuasion will acknowledge that a full on horn section will give any tired old rock a new lease of life. Sometimes the reinvigorating effect can be close to revelatory.

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And here, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and people of all rock types, is a case in point. All you have to decide is whether Volksmetal is a German umpah troupe with a Metal backing band or vice versa. Off putting? Don't let it be.

'Volksmetal' is a fucking howl. The result of Teutonic Metal bumping drunkenly into German folk music and happily replacing the resultant spilt beer. Volksmetal the band comes at you with a stein in both hands, lederhosen that are perhaps a little too tight and a big shit eating grin.

According to the accompanying promo blurb, here's how it all started. I quote: "Marco and Patrick coincidentally met one morning, during a forest walk near the island of Mainau while picking flowers. The live preparations of the summer festival of the folk musicians were running at their fullest. The show is presented by an unknown talent Florian Goldstahl who still remains an unknown talent. He invited both full blooded Metal heads without further ado to the evening.

"Two Metal heads meet four traditional folk musicians, Botze, Martin, Christian and Christian. Immediately they recognize the tender soul relationship between Metal and folk music which is not least based on the common admiration of holy beer and viola, the birth of Volksmetal."

Yes, quite.

'Volksmetal' is a camp, boisterous, humorous album that demonstrates the boys have not been afraid to mess about with strongly held musical traditions. Needless to say, in doing so they've suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune at the hands of righteous Metal heads and traditional beardy weirdies.

The problem is how to describe what the hell it sounds like. 'Fürstenfeld', 'Da Mäddelbanger' and the punky opener 'Da Deifel Is A Oachkatzerl' pretty much set the scene with their accordion and tuba frills. The entire album has a double kick Metal groove bastardised to suite yer local Bierkeller, which to be honest is no bad thing. Imagine an unlikely happy smiley Rammstein jamming with a Bierkeller house band.

If a soundtrack were needed for a rockers/bikers beer appreciation evening then this would more than ably do the job. Folk music with all the features of a Metal album, what impresses is the way the band shifts the emphasis, the music not only effortlessly flipping between the two genres but melding them without losing the boisterous good time atmosphere.

The more evangelical Metal heads amongst us will be apoplectic; so disgusted will they be that they'll be poking their upside down crosses in their ears whilst weeping into their favourite mug of cocoa and protectively fingering their new Fetus Stench CD. The rest of us will be swinging along trying not to spill that very expensive but very nice Deutsch bier.

If you are not afraid to dabble a bit in something different then this is most definitely for you. Volksmetal may ultimately prove to be a bit of a one trick pony but the album will undoubtedly prove a must for the fast approaching Chrimbo party season.

Prost! Und möge der gute Herr Erbarme dich deiner tiefen dunklen sterbliche Seele.






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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