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mydra mydra

Those boys at Yesterrock have been doing some more serious diggin' and look what they've found this time. Mydra were originally called Charon and released two albums. By the time the third album came round there had been some major personell shuffles and it was decided to release the album under the new band name and here it is, Mydra's eponymous debut.

Originally released in 1988 'Mydra' is a far superior album to the two Charon albums, in some respects pre-empting Hardline's first. It is a melodic rock album that covers quite a wide spectrum of the genre's broad canon from the metalic grunt of 'Freeway Blues' to the rocked up candy floss of 'Love Killer'.

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And the killer tracks do not stop with those two either, oh no. If you take the plunge you'll knock yer head on the likes of opener 'I've Got The Power', the beefy Bo Diddley referencing 'Cold Blood', the Mr Big/VH groove of instrumental 'Fireball' and Diamond Dave would have killed for the bop of 'California'.

There are a couple of duds; the two lighter wavers that pop up late on the album are poor and there are also times when the sound dates the album rather too much. Yet on the whole Mydra have worn quite well and this is a superb AOR album that beat the likes of Mr Big and Hardline to the draw but not the plaudits and laid down the blue print for the Scandi rock thing that's currently pouring from the fjords and ice fields of the north.

Yesterrock have done yet another bang up job here with the re-mastering being good and the album itself another cracker that makes you wonder at how hard it must have been to get heard back in the eighties for bands such as Mydra who were damned to the badlands of obscurity.

The irony is that it has re-emerged at a time when the market place is awash with top end high quality blue chip melodic rock albums and again, Mydra might not be heard above the clamour. Yet 'Mydra' is a class slab of AOR that deserves your attention.

So, now that you've just wasted ten minutes of your life reading this, justify it by getting a copy. You'll not be disappointed.




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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