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'The Other Side Of The Sun'

Phil Kane

phil kane

Paul Bridgewater is the voice of Slowburner, a little known outfit outside the Midlands that is always welcome on the juke box down here in the hole.

Slowburner's 'Down To The Bone' album from 2009 had a hell of a mix of blues and soul that left the listener wondering in what direction the next album would go. Well ol' Paul has hedged his bets and where Slowburner's new album 'Rockin' The Blues' does exactly that, his first solo album, 'The Other Side Of The Sun', takes another route being a far more contemplative soul affair.

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The first thing about this album is Paul's vocal. It's a feral mix of James Brown, Paul Rodgers and Frankie Miller. Bridgewater has the voice of a heart broken angel; the sort of deep felt anguish that leaves you in no doubt that if he says his heart is breaking, then it damn well is.

'The Other Side Of The Sun' is a collection of songs that are quite mellow. The sort of stuff Free, Humble Pie and Frankie Miller would pepper their albums with and Andy Fraser and Steve Marriott would shit on demand. Some of the guitar work has a Paul Kossoff less-is-more feel to it and the keyboards are straight out of the Faces/Humble Pie book. Occasionally the songs veer towards a country groove that's accented by some understated slide work.

Unlike Slowburner's new album, 'The Other Side Of The Sun' lacks a little punch. Whether this is deliberate or otherwise is arguable but the judicious use of a good horn section would have filled this album out brilliantly. As it is, it is a sparse, almost forlorn album that will not be to every rockers taste. Yet there's enough going on here, not least the vocal that warrants its inclusion here.

'The Other Side Of The Sun' is by no means a miserable album. Quite the contrary in fact. If you've just found yourself wide awake thinking about that first date with the person of your dreams that has put you in a tailspin and you don't know what to do. This is the album to have on whilst you sip on a coffee and work out what it is you've just done to yourself.




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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