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'Second Honeymoon'

Phil Kane

phil kane

Craaft Second Honeymoon

If you like your melodic rock to be solidly built with catchy choruses and damn good playing then you will love this. The overall sound is at the Bonfire end of the AOR spectrum and has more than enough grunt to avoid being damned as fluffy. 'Second Honeymoon' (or just 'Craaft' in the US) was originally released in 1988 and is a lot heavier than Craaft's debut. The keyboards have been reigned in and the guitars cut loose a bit more.

Some would argue that along with Bonfire's Fireworks, this is the best AOR album to ever come out of Germany. That's debatable perhaps but the fact is this is another cracker of a re-release from Yesterrock. A must have album for the fan of AOR in general and eighties AOR in particular.

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Killers? The first three solid tracks, 'Run Away', 'Twisted Up All Inside' and 'Chance Of Your Life', are good places to start, the last being particular noteworthy. Then there are 'Illusions', 'Running On Love' and 'Gimme What You've Got'; there are loads of them in fact.

As extras there are three demos from 87 which are pretty damn good but you can hear why they are just demos, 'Take It Easy' especially gets dangerously close to the sort of insipid Euro rock that Eurovision loves.

The label has done a bang up job on the re-mastering but there are still features that firmly peg 'Second Honeymoon' as a product of the eighties. There are the Power Station style synths that merrily toot away, the whomp of syndrums and the (mercifully few) ballads get a bit cheesy, especially 'Jane'.

Yet these are small sins considering you get sixteen tracks of typically crunching eighties German melodic rock with a running time of seventy five minutes and in any ones book that's got to be some pretty big bang for your bucks.




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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