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Jools Green

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I always enjoy gigs at the White Rabbit, a venue where I can be found loitering regularly. The sound is always excellent and the atmosphere friendly but sadly not always attended as well as it ought to be, which was my first fear, on arriving at this gig. This was quickly allayed in the hour between doors opening and the first band hitting the stage. The hour also served to give the audience time to achieve a suitable party mood with help from the bar.

First band up were Cornish Metal trio Kernuyck. Chris and brothers James and Dave had brought an impressive number of fans with them and by the end of their set had probably gained a few more. Opening with 'Devastation', vocalist James, inspired by the excellent turn out, elevated the level of enthusiasm in the crowd further as the band quickly followed up with 'Cursed', 'Stones', 'Zombie' and my personal favourite by the band, 'Sucker Punch'. Ending with 'Death Time', it was a well filled half hour set that was over too soon.

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The crowd were still full of enthusiasm as 'Grifter' hit the stage shortly after. The south-west heavy rock and roll trio, Phil and Foz fronted by Ollie, introduced their sound as "What Quo would have sounded like if everything had gone wrong for them".

Tantalising the crowd with a new song, 'Young Blood Old Veins', and swiftly following with 'Bucktooth Woman', a Black Sabbath cover, 'Fairies With Boots', which was very popular with the crowd and 'Good Day For Bad News', which was popular with me. Ending with 'Sweat Like Horses', the crowd certainly loved their groove.

Crowd energy and enthusiasm hit the roof as Londoners Ben, Martyn, Joe and Chris, collectively known as Orange Goblin, hit the stage, opening with 'The Filthy And The Few' from their newest album 'Eulogy For The Damned'. A good mix of old and new made up the set for the evening, from the new album; 'The Fog' and 'Acid Trail', during which vocalist Ben managed to acquire a beer from someone at the front.

The older numbers, 'Ballad Of Solomon Eagle', 'Time Travelling Blues' and as a bonus, during 'Some You Win, Some You Lose', to the delight of the crowd, Ben was joined on stage by Ollie from Grifter to assist in the vocal duties.

Further into the set and Ben announced to the audience: "No work tomorrow so let's get hammered", before breaking into 'Getting High On The Bad Times'. Ollie also rejoined Ben on stage to refuel Ben's alcohol levels with a bottle of whiskey "under doctor's orders" during final number 'Blue Snow'.

The band returned for an encore of 'Quincy The Pigboy' and two more new tracks, 'Death Of Aquarius' and 'Red Tide Rising', with Ben taunting the crowd that he may stage dive, the fun and insanity reached its zenith.

What was interesting was the broad spectrum of fans drawn by these three bands and not just the usual Metalheads. This was a good evening all round, I enjoyed it and judging by the happy faces around me so did everyone else.




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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