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'Flux' (radio edit)
(Hear No Evil Recordings/Cherry Red Records)
Release Date: September 9th 2013.

Michael Foley

michael foley


Every time I pay a visit to the supermarket, there is a charming lady handing out morsel' of food or drink which are invariably tempting enough to leave you craving more.

'Flux', the new download single from Touchstone, is the musical counterpart to such tasty delights, as it gives a taste of the forthcoming album 'Oceans Of Time' without spoiling your appetite for more.

Clocking in at a mere three and a half minutes 'Flux' is an exhilarating blast of prog-tinged hard rock, which leads off with a few seconds of techno influenced keyboards from Rob Cottingham, before Adam Hodgson kicks some serious arse with an instantly memorable guitar riff, powered along the strong rhythm section of Moo Bass and drummer Henry Rogers.

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The main melodic hooks are courtesy of Kim Seviour, who on this tune sounds a little like 'White Rabbit' era Grace Slick, in so much as she has a similar mix of power and grace (sorry...) in her vocal style. All good stuff by my reckoning!

Given enough exposure this great little tune has the potential to be a definite radio hit; it's heavy enough for the rock stations, yet melodic enough for Radio Two. Come on Whiley, give it a spin!


I give 'Flux' a well deserved four and a half pints, for it's a memorable song played with skill and passion, and is an essential purchase if you are a fan. If you have not heard Touchstone before, but love Metal, prog, or just like a good tune, then give 'Flux' a listen. You'll love this tasty treat, and be hungry for more. Me? I'm starving!

P.S the album version is quite a different beast. Want to know more? Watch this space... ;-)





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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