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Here we are then, an album celebrating the fact that Tyla (ex Dogs D'Amour) has managed to reach his fiftieth birthday without permanent recourse to a life support machine.

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By far the best thing Tyla has done in a long time, its lack of innovation is far outweighed by its swagger and for a man who has spent the best part of his life trying to kill himself with aid of pharmaceuticals, nicotine and booze, his voice is pretty damn good, possessing an almost Springsteen like timbre. He's changed his name but the brand remains the same; the ghostly wandering cowboy, the freebooter; the phantom penitent looking for salvation whilst plundering his musical heritage.

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'Quinquaginta' has quite a mellow retro sound that just manages stay sat on its stool. Tyla's production has given it a slightly over egged quality and the guitar work a stabbing echoic sixties atmospheric that is reminiscent of Robbie Blunt's work on Robert Plant's early solo albums.

In essence a Rock 'n Roll record, its imperfections add rather than detract from an album on which Tyla seems to have kept everything pretty much together. Where 'Quinquaginta' scores best however, is with its what-you-see-is-what-you-get grubbiness; the sense you can smell the stale booze and fags, see the nicotine stains on his fingers, touch the frayed edginess of rock's underworld.

Stained irrevocably by Tyla's hard living and seemingly indefatigable demons, 'Quinquaginta' is an exploration of an old Rock 'n Roll soundscape that dances with Tex-Mex and country tinged Americana.

'Story Of Our Life' invokes a Roy Orbison heat haze and 'Just Another Love Song' just needs the tinkle of a Billy Powell piano to send it straight into Black Crowes territory. 'Hang 'Em High' and 'The Hellraisers' have a Beat Farmers rocked up country groove thing whilst the horn driven 'Untouchable''s soul should have you shaking your thing around the kitchen.

It's a sun baked and cactus strewn platter that remains quintessentially English but if you are expecting the swagger of 'Exile' period Stones then you will be disappointed.

I guarantee you'll think "what the fuck is this?" when you first slap it on the decks but persevere and you will be rewarded tenfold with an album that is the audio equivalent of your favourite tipple. Very much a slow burner but worth the effort.

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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.


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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