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Release Date: 21st May 2012

Phil Kane

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great white elation

Y'all best be careful where you step here because there are two Great Whites. Original singer Jack Russell has started his own Great White (suitably named Jack Russell's Great White) after a bit of handbags that resulted in the original band replacing him with Terry Ilous. 'Elation' is the result of that personnel shuffle, and what a cracking little fucker it is too.

Great White has proven to be a band that's got a bigger revolving door than a down town whore house on a busy Saturday night. There are few periods where the line up has remained the same for longer than eighteen months or so and in fact, their most stable period seems to have been when the band took a bit of a break from each other between 96 and 99.

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There are those that lament Jack Russell leaving the band but to be honest it seems to have been the making of Great White with Terry Ilous proving to be a bit of a find. OK, he does not have the fireworks of Russell and his style is a little understated but for this album that works a peach; his voice being very reminiscent of Cry Of Love's great Kelly Holland.

Great White, seem to have made an album it wanted rather than what anyone else expected and it's better for it too. 'Elation' could have done with a bit more poke perhaps, as it blusters rather than booms in places but it sits in a bluesy, 'DC style groove that would suit being on the death decks as you and some pals shoot the breeze with a few beers after work or whilst you've got your head under the hog working on the clutch.

'Elation' is going to get a rough ride because Great White veterans will not take to it because there is no Russell and newcomers might find the sound a bit too redneck and boogified and that would be a shame. With the exception of the ballad 'Love Is Enough', 'Elation' has a lot going for it.

'Promised Land' has a great laid back lazy blues lope to it, 'Love Train' is a good old backwoods stomper that whispers it's fondness of the south and '(I've Got) Something For You' has the perfect kick to get the proceedings going. 'Complicated' has a great barroom feel to it that Frankie Miller would love and the Stonesy 'Shotgun Willie's' and 'Heart Of A Man' have a grand boogie groove to them. So the partisan attitude might be better off being left in its box.

Y'know, there are a lot of people who reckoned Guns N' Roses were at one time the most dangerous band in the world but it seems they figured without Great White. Trouble of one sort or another has dogged this lot since they first appeared and I suspect still does now. So whilst G N' R and its tributary acts are growing old gracefully, Great White are still down in the gutter getting their hands dirty despite a back catalogue that's sold ten million units.

In one respect it's a shame because there was a time when Great White were poised for great things; the big time beckoned with not only open arms but open legs too. However, the missed opportunities and major league let-downs have helped to inform such gritty down to earth albums as 'Elation' and that is no bad thing; no bad thing at all.

'Elation' is an album of largely mid paced rocked up straight down your throat southern tinged boogie that's specially made for saddle dogs and bar wars veterans everywhere. It will not send the band stratospheric overnight but if you are into the likes of Jackyll and Four Horsemen then you're gonna like this; a lot.




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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