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Best band of 2012 - Bolt Thrower

For holding their 25th anniversary party, giving the fans five bands for a £5 admission fee, and donating all the profits to charity.

Best album of 2012 - God Seed: 'I Begin'

Not an easy choice as 2012 has been an excellent year for Extreme Metal, but this is the best album I didn't review.

Carrying on from where Ghaal left off with Gorgoroth. It's black and sinister but the progressive edge gives such a polished and sophisticated feel to the sound. I am glad he lost the court case over the rights to the Gorgoroth name, otherwise he would never have made this astounding album.

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Best single/EP of 2012 - The EP 'Into The Dark' by Ancient Ascendant

It ticks all the boxes for me, dark Death Metal with a catchy groove, the perfect balance of melody and brutality. The vocal range of Alex Butler is astounding and the level of musicianship from the rest of the band is excellent.

Best gig of 2012 - Agalloch at the Camden Underworld in April

An impressively long set of excellently executed songs.

Best promo video of 2012 - Video for the track 'The Diplomat' by Pig Destroyer from their 2012 album 'Book Burner'

An amusing and entertaining video with a surreal quality as well as being an excellent track.

Best festival of 2012 - Bolt Fest, Bolt Thrower's 25th Anniversary Charity Party. The line up, Vallenfyre, Benediction, Discharge, Autopsy and of course the mighty Bolt Thrower. The only way this could have been better would have been if the UK's best ever Death Metal vocalist Dave Ingram had made a guest appearance, but we did chant his name as a tribute.

Most annoying moment of 2012

Marduk/Immolation cancelling their gig at the White Rabbit.

Things to look forward to next year

New Behemoth and Belphegor albums, the Enslaved tour, and a whole load of exciting gigs that are yet to be announced.

Best new band (underground)

Sanctus Nosferatu - SAMCA - Portuguese crossover thrash Metallers for their independantly released debut album.

The astounding vocal range from their female vocalist, Camila Morticia, whose gutteral vocals are so good I and many others have thought she was a male.




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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