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'This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons'
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Phil Kane

phil kane

the men that will not be blamed for nothing

I have to admit that I have not the faintest idea what the sub genre of steam punk is or for that matter, what it means. I suppose that pretty much damns me as an inadequate member of society and a complete failure as a human being. Nevertheless, it comes nowhere near pigeonholing this band.

'This May Be The Reason...' is the sort of album peculiar to the English. Embracing the eccentric humour epitomised by the likes of Albertos Y Los Trios Paranoias, Monty Python and Bonzo Dog Doo Da Band, it mixes punk and Metal with the cocky jaunt of the Kinks and Sham 69. Think Ray Winston interpreting Napalm Death on a 1890s East End Music Hall stage. Is it anachronistic? Possibly but it is as timelessly English as a pint of ale in a country pub and a work of genius that makes the likes of Tenacious D sound like petulant kids.

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TMTWNBBFN are a London based gang of four oddballs: Andrew O'Neill (vocals/guitar), Andy Heintz (vocals/musical saw and formerly front man of Creaming Jesus and Giant Paw), former Lord Of The New Church and comedian Marc Burrows (bass) and comedian Jez Miller (drums), who are joined on this occasion by ex Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy who provides the album's spoken word intro and hidden outro.

The band's oddness can be summed up by the fact they released a single on a wax cylinder which came with instructions on how to build the machine on which to play it. Mad as a box of frogs? Yep. Cool as fuck? Most definitely. They are all probably the sort of quaint lunatics who play Scrabble whilst spelling everything backwards.

It is an eclectic album that throws together history tutorials, Heavy Metal, music hall, comedy and shakes it all up to give a thoroughly satisfying experience. There's the 19th century politics meets punky protest song of 'Doing It For The Whigs', the music hall extreme Metal mash-up of 'Margate Fhtagn', a tale of a family that runs into Cthulu while on a day trip to the beach and Queen Victoria getting a visit from her dead husband in the Metal of 'Victoria's Secret'.

There's some very good advice on stress relief in the Pythonesque 'The People's Common Sense Medical Advisor' and the Metal of 'Tesla Coil' and 'The Great Stink' offer a surprising contrast to the rest of the album. The occasional mournful cry of the musical saw lends the album a subtle melancholy that a lot of Goth Metal crews fail to achieve with full orchestras and choirs of harpies.

'This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons' is a funny and engaging second album. The humour is occasionally vulgar and there's sufficient historical detail to engage the most narcissistic of history buffs.

A work of musical genius that demands you press replay.





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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