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Live At The White Rabbit, Plymouth
Saturday 1st March 2014

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Jools Green

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Svart Crown

Opening bands have in many ways the hardest job, putting every last ounce of effort into their performance for an often sparse and sometimes unresponsive crowd. Plymouth based five piece death Metal outfit The Florentine Camerata had that unenviable role on this occasion.

I am glad that I was one of the dozen or so people who made the effort to catch their set of technical edged "Pounding Death Metal" including tracks from their superb EP 'Encryption - Paralysis' because it was an excellent performance. I look forward to the release of their debut full length soon.

Thankfully by the time the next band, Hampshire based progressive death Metal quartet Ageless Oblivion hit the stage the crowd had doubled and crawled out of the shadows around the edges of the venue or were possibly blown out, as their set opened up like an absolute storm. They continued to impress with their set, a mix of tracks from their 2010 album 'Temples Of Transcendent Evolution' and their upcoming new full length 'Penthos'.

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When Gloucester's blackened death Metal trio Ascaris hit the stage I was quite take aback by their "elegant aesthetic" of black shirts, ties and waistcoats and was even more impressed by the drummer Chris Barton's highly animated, fast, powerful drum work which included some mesmerising patterns that were seriously impressive.

Songs included in their set were 'Crimson’ and 'Sins Of The First' from their upcoming debut EP 'The Initiation'.

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The Florentine Camerata

Stockholm's death Metal five piece Diabolical were an imposing sight as they hit the stage. Their material for the evening was selected from across their four studio albums, including their most recent release, 2013s 'Neogenesis'.

They gave a superb performance that managed to liven up the crowd considerably.

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Headliners Svart Crown from Nice in France gave a stunning performance that was brimming with manic energy and aggression and it was an impressive sight to behold.

Their set included tracks from 2008s 'Ages Of Decay' and their latest release, the superb 'Profane'. The final part of the set was played with sinister dark blue lighting which obscured much of the stage adding a dark imposing atmosphere to the end of their set.

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I was disappointed to see how few people bothered to turn up for this evening of excellent music, the cider was cold, the sound was perfect, all the bands were superb and the only fault was a lack of attendance.

Finally for anyone who is reading this who didn't show up for whatever reason: "Where were you? You missed an excellent gig!"

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Ageless Oblivion

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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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