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'Storms Of War'
(Listenable Records)
Release Date: 14th May 2012

Phil Kane

phil kane

katana storms of war

Metal, in some ways, is very much like rugby. It is a bruising, aggressive and violent arena that sees many of its participants never progressing beyond the minor leagues, damned as enthusiastic amateurs. Some don't even survive the bar wars at all as the roll call of rock's MIAs bears out. It can also be said of rock that, like rugby, if you get the basics right the rest will follow and with 'Storms Of War' Katana have done just that.

For these young Swedes, originality is not presently an issue. You can dip anywhere into 'Storms Of War' and immediately find something that has a lineage traceable back to the likes of Helloween, Priest and a youthfully exuberant Iron Maiden. Yet what really matters about this sort of stuff is how well it is done and Katana do it very, very well, choosing to concentrate on getting their game right, keeping it simple and straight forward. Katana's is the sort of galloping, route A1 Metal that has too fine a focus to offer any obvious new avenues to explore without importing ideas and influences from elsewhere and thus diluting the end product.

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There are no killer tracks as such but there are plenty that will be happy to grab you by the grits. Opener 'Reaper' rattles along Helloween's driveway on Priest's Harley. 'The Samurai Returns', 'The Wisdom Of Emonds Field', 'The Wrath Of The Emerald Witch', 'In The Land Of The Sun', 'Kubilai Khan' and 'Modesty Blaise' invoke the spirit of pre ...Beast era Maiden and throughout, 'Storms Of War' has enormous drive and zest.

It is a rampant celebration of youth and its possibilities. As a springboard to greater things, you would be hard pressed to find anything recent that's as good as this.

Katana's second album, this suggests that now the band has got a grip on what they are doing, perhaps it is time to experiment a little with a more expansive game. As it is, this album will probably not figure in anyone's best of lists and will not be a nominee for album of the year. Yet it is an album of enormous Heavy Metal potential that would give a stampede of horses a run for their money and is another excellent example of how the Swedish are taking flagging genres and giving them a fucking good kick up the arse.

For the follower of good old fashioned Heavy Metal that harkens back to the glory days of NWOBHM, 'Storms Of War' will prove an unsubtle but satisfying and effective passage of play.





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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