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  FULLFORCE
'Next Level'
(Steamhammer)


Phil Kane

phil kane



fullforce next level

Right, you just got in after a bitch of a day. Work's stress fest circus of twats has left you wired and in desperate need to vent some steam. Yes? Well here is an album that is more than capable of drowning out yer screams of rage and anguish as you vent your spleen all over your room.

Fullforce are a Swedish supergroup of sorts with Cloudscape's Mike Andersson and Stefan Rosqvist, Tommy Larsson (ex-Heed) and the former Malmsteen/Hammerfall members Stefan Elmgren and Anders Johansson. A lesser supergroup perhaps but they have still managed to put out a cracking melodic rock album that loiters with intent around the fringes of Metal.

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Befitting the group's standing in the grand scheme of things, 'Next Level' is not as stupendous as it could have been but it is probably one of the better albums to see the light of day this year. What makes it so is the fact that rather than trying to outdo everybody else, the band has concentrated on just getting the job done right.

Workaholic Anderson's vocal is very good, though not exceptional and he has mercifully tempered the Metal singer's urge to over sing and the songs benefit accordingly. The same goes for the guitars who keep things chugging and satisfyingly gritty, keeping the shred at a very respectable arms length. The engine room of bass and drums are exactly that providing a rock solid base for the others to sit on.

'Back To Life', 'Broken Dreams', 'Love, Hate, Drop It', 'Whispers' and 'Awesomeness' (yes I know, but it is rather good) are bloody great tracks and overall the album shunts like a bastard. It does get a bit cheesy at times, 'Break It, Crack It, Destroy It' for instance, and the ballads are not only annoying but over abundant yet these are small distractions.

This is Fullforce's second album and overall it is a marvellous demonstration on how to make a bloody good melodic rock album. It may not be an absolute killer itself but with some care and attention the next one should be an absolute Metal monster.


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14.11.12




WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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