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'Sons Of Malice'
(Minus2Zebra Records

Phil Kane

phil kane

savage sons of malice

Fucking hell, this lot are a bit long in the tooth. Savage were knocking about the fringes of the NWOBHM explosion in 1979...


If the NWOBHM tag has you expecting an album of badly produced and unadventurously turgid pub rock then you had better think again. Opener 'The Magic Within' does wrongfoot you a bit by daring to confirm that initial expectation but from there things do improve. Some have pegged Savage's sound as lurking somewhere in Whitesnake and Rainbow territory but here in the whole the band reminds us more of the likes of Jackyll, Great White and Brother Cane but without the redneck fuck-you attitude and if one of those had done 'Sons Of Malice' it might well have been massive.

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'Sons Of Malice' is a solid, if rather generic hard rock album that has a certain charm with a kick that will make your shins sting and a groove that will sweep you along in its amateurish enthusiasm to please.

'Waking The Dead' is about as Metal as it gets, 'Choosing Revolution' has a great bluesy running riff and both 'Now' and 'Blow' motor along on beds of great grumbly guitar.

Yet the absolute killer track has to be the southern tinged 'Junkyard Dogs'; a mid-paced face ripper that sneaks up on you and does the damage before you know it is even there. It is the track that suggests for all the years the band have been plugging away, Savage have been barking up the wrong tree looking for that big break. Perhaps they should have tried their hand at something with a bit more of a southern groove to it.

Despite the vague Metallica connection (Lars Ulrich is a bit of a fan of their debut album 'Let It Loose' apparently), Savage will remain a second, if not third division crew that really should have been put out of their misery years ago.

'Sons Of Malice' is not going to break Savage and turn them into overnight sensations but it is not by any means a bad turn out that will likely never be seen, or heard of, again.




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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