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'Shoot The Crow'

Phil Kane

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hangfire shoot the crow

Hangfire are a southern Welsh outfit that boast among their number an ex-Tigertailz man (drummer Matt Blakout) and a guitarist who is as blind as a bat (Lizzy Lee Evans). The band have been working on this album for a couple of years and now that it is out, 'Shoot The Crow' seems to be getting quite a lot of attention, the band picking up road work with likes of Marseille and Wrathchild.

Creeping perilously close to sounding like a poor man's Creed, 'Shoot The Crow' is a slab of heavy duty pub rock that takes its cues from acts such as Badlands, Black Label Society and Pride and Glory spiced with touches of eighties rock that whiff of Dokken and Ratt. In fact, this album has the grunt and structure of a good old fashioned heavy rock album from the seventies and is riddled with bits nicked from anywhere and everywhere. It will drive you mad trying to think where you will have heard them before.

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The lack of originality is not really the issue here though. More important is the lack of razzmatazz and a killer track. Yes, 'Shoot The Crow' is a good, bluesy, solid album with no bad tracks as such but nor do any grab yer by the grits.

Some come close; 'Faith In Me' with its Brother Cain groove, the Zakk Wylde infused 'Fire In The Hole' and 'Bodies' and the two versions of 'Deadman Walking' (electric and the bonus acoustic) with their subtle maudlin lilt of any number of southern bands.

That's about as good as it gets though. There being no standout as such may, I suspect, be down to the leaden production job which has done the album few favours.

As things are, it is hardly likely to set the world alight and there are too many better albums out there to prevent 'Shoot The Crow' from sinking into obscurity. However, give it ten years or so and it will probably prove itself the perfect album to get a re-issue when everyone will suddenly remember they thought it was good the first time round.




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.

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