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The Sun Explodes are a young English band from Carlisle and 'Emergence', a real Metallic maelstrom of styles and influences, is their first full length release.


It is an album that renders pigeonholing difficult because it takes its cues from so many sources. It has the ambience rippled majesty of Anathema and Muse, Dream Theatre's Metal prog and the fleeting piano led atmospherics of Coldplay and Elbow. All spiced with an intermittent and unnecessary shouty vocal shoehorned in for good measure.

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It is a proficient slab of progressive Metal that showcases the band's excellent capabilities. The song writing is solid, the musicianship is exemplary and the band has done a bang-up production job but what 'Emergence' lacks is soul and cohesion. Being a crack shot musician is ok but no amount of technical excellence will ever make up for lack of heart.

Harsh as this may seem however; 'Emergence' is by no means a bad album, having a gaggle of tracks that deserve special mention.

The sparse piano chill of 'Pandemonium' and the swirling grandeur of the title track serve to break up the relentless technical wizardry of the whole piece of which 'Honour Bound', 'Deadalive', 'Resplendence' and the epic 'We're Not Soldiers' are notable standouts.

These gifted youngsters are more than capable of developing any one of the many good ideas and influences displayed here for the next album and feasibly create something a bit special. In some ways, chucking everything into the melting pot of 'Emergence' has probably done this gang of young musical sharp shooters the world of good by offering them the chance to blow their artistic tanks.

So whilst the unyielding complexity may have rendered the album sounding a little samey, the next The Sun Explodes album should hopefully be a rather more focused and soulful affair that will probably sound bloody great whichever direction the band chooses to go in.

As it is 'Emergence' is a slow burner that deserves the replay button being pressed more than once.




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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