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American Head Charge

Attendance at midweek gigs in Plymouth can go either way and thankfully the icy cold wind was not enough to keep people away and when opening act, alternative rock four-piece Maplerun, from Greece, hit the stage there was a reasonable crowd of about a hundred people pressed around the edges of the room or hugging the bar.

Opening with 'Pills' and continuing with 'Bombs', from their newest full length release 'Restless' they managed to coax a few people out of the shadows. 'For You' from their debut release 'House on Fire 'managed to get heads nodding appreciatively as the crowd started to defrost but the real crowd warmer of their performance was a rather good version of System of a Down's 'Toxicity', which had people singing along and becoming much more animated.

Their final song, 'Lack Of Words', again came from their 'Restless' album; a good opening act.

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I was intrigued as to how support act 'R.S.J.' would shape up, given the tongue in cheek humour that their videos depict. There was nothing disappointing in their performance at all, particularly impressive given that the band were all apparently battling a virus, you would never have known.

Their set was packed with an infectious intensity which really brought the crowd alive, as soon as they hit the stage, vocalist Dan leapt into the void in the crowd in front of the stage, successfully encouraging a pit to form. I was impressed that he managed to continue to sing as the pit developed around him.


Their set was made up from tracks from their newest release 'Higgs Boson' as well as their two previous releases, including 'Together We Are Taller', 'Nice Day Out' and 'Running With Scissors' during which Dan launched himself back into the now, slightly wild pit. As support acts go, there were nothing short of superb.

With the venue reaching a comfortably full capacity, headliners American Head Charge showed no negative signs of the their past battles with severe addictions or the tragic death of guitarist Bryan Ottoson, returning with the classic line-up of vocalist Cameron Heacock, bassist Chad Hanks, keyboard player Justin Fowler (who was sadly absent from this performance), drummer Chris Emery and guitarist Karma Cheema with the addition of guitarist Sin Quirin completing the line-up.


The general feel of their performance was positive and relaxed, they certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves with Cameron announcing midway through their set, with a smile, that the Plymouth crowd were the most violent of the tour so far and that they were fun to watch. I suspect this to be quite likely, given that they launched collectively into frenzy from the moment the band opened with 'All Wrapped Up'.

They continued with a set that spanned their three full lengths including 'Set Yourself On Fire', 'Americunt Evolving Into Useless Psychic Garbage', 'Effigy 23' and the crowd pleasing tracks that everyone remembers them for, 'Just So You Know' and 'Loyalty'. Also a couple of tracks from their latest self released EP 'Shoot', 'Sugars Of Someday' and 'Writhe'.

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American Head Charge

The crowd's reaction speaks volumes about the quality of their performance and although there was, slightly disappointingly, no encore from American Head Charge, one final high point was when bassist Chad paused as he left the stage to give a set-list and plectrum to the most diminutive female Metal head it has ever been my joy to cross paths with. Well deserved, as she did battle at the front with people double her size for the greater part of the set.

Definitely a good evening's entertainment and one that I am glad I made the effort brave the weather and check out.

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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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