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Bisongrass' origins lay in Aberdeen (Scotland) circa late 2010. Playing their first gig in August 2011 the band soon picked up a head of steam winning the 2012 Best Band and Best Newcomer categories at The Fudge Aberdeen Music Awards.

Made up of former and current members of Dredwater, KCHGH, Ablach, Filthpact, Risactonia and Korpse, Bisongrass play what has been described as Beef Metal. Basically this self titled, independently financed debut is stoner metal that takes its cues from Sabbath's 'Volume 4' period but minus some of the original's subtleties.

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Produced and mixed by Niall Mathewson and Bisongrass at The Mill Studios in Aberdeen, 'Bisongrass' is a very good, professional sounding and well executed Heavy Metal record; a proficient dose of sludge rock. It is down low and dirty, owning a vibe that belongs in the early seventies but with a modern mentality that keeps it relevant.

Closer to The Company Band than the spikier Clutch, Bisongrass take on the American stoner outfits, King Hobo and Stoner Train for instance, at their own game and more than match them.

The album's problem is it lacks a killer track. For having music on whilst you do something else Bisongrass is perfect. It engages your subconscious quite effectively yet if you sit and concentrate your mind soon wonders.

'Bisongrass' lacks something to grab you by the grits and does not stand up too well to close scrutiny. It is too samey and individual tracks blend after a while making them impossible to recall when the album finishes. Though to be fair, 'Square Turkey' and 'Sounds Like Trouble' certainly shunt themselves about with intent and overall the album avoids taking itself too seriously with some great stoner blues edges and flourishes.

'Bisongrass' is more than capable of going up against the anything the stoner big hitters can produce without fear of making a fool of itself and you could certainly spend your money on worse albums. With a few tweaks and a spreading of its wings, Bisongrass could have quite an interesting future ahead of it.





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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