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HMV Forum, the final date of the 'Creatures From The Abyss' European tour and a perfect excuse for a pre 'silly season' get together with a couple of good friends.

After an obligatory raid on the merchandise stall swiftly followed by a planned assault on the bar we were ready for the first band, Blynd, a heavy/thrash Metal quartet from Cyprus. None of us had heard of them before this gig but we were all seriously impressed with their performance and they are a band we will certainly be checking out further. They seemed to be making an equally good impression on the rest of the crowd also. An excellent opening band.

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The first of the main bands, Rotting Christ, a long time favourite of mine and my friends, were up next. Sakis Tolis was his usual engaging and charismatic self, with plenty of banter between songs. They played an excellent set, mostly from 'Aealo', 'Theogonia' and 'Sanctus Diavolos', including the anthemic 'Athanati Este', much to my delight.

My only tiny criticism was the classic guitar sound that you associate with Rotting Christ was not as prominent within the overall sound as it should have been, but as the set progressed, this deficiency did seem to remedy to a certain extent.

Third band to the stage, God Seed, was the band whose performance I was looking forward to the most, after being highly enamoured with their recent album release 'I Begin'. I was not in the least bit disappointed; in fact they surpassed my every expectation.

Gaahl didn’t just own the stage, prowling and pacing like a predator, he owned the audience with his phenomenal stage presence and I was completely mesmerized by his performance. Add to that his vocal capabilities, the range and power of which were just astounding. They were by far the best live vocals I have heard in a long while.

The rest of the band also gave an enthusiastic and excellent performance and God Seed were for me the highlight of the evening, regardless of the heated discussion afterwards with my friends who both thought Rotting Christ to be the superior act of the night.

I wasn't expecting much from the final band, Cradle Of Filth, not one of my favourites but my friend had assured me I would enjoy them live and he was right. Diminutive Dani Filth was witty and entertaining between songs, they played a long and well executed set including the only two tracks by them that, prior to this event, I liked, 'Nymphetamine' and 'Her Ghost In The Fog'. I came away that evening with a greatly elevated opinion of Cradle Of Filth.

I always enjoy gigs at the HMV Forum, it is a great venue with good acoustics and this was no exception, the only pitfall, as always, was the door staff who are somewhat overzealous and 'jobs worth' in their treatment of gig goers, but I guess you can't have everything perfect. However it was an amazing gig to end the year on. Roll on 2013!!




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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