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'Songs For The End Of The World'
(Frontiers Records)

Jeff Kunze

jeff kuntze

rick springfield

At age 63 Rick Springfield may have constructed one of his finest releases with 'Songs For The End Of The World'. It's a masterpiece of harmonious rock with massive hooks and melodies that revolve around well-crafted lyrics and song structures. Surprisingly it"s a diverse group of songs but the album streamlines together and feels cohesive. Production matches the strength of the material. Sonically the album provides an array of sounds with layers of instruments and vocals.

The opening cut is a rocker. 'Wide Awake' blazes with a riff that hits with energy and attitude powering through the song. It's a perfect track displaying the characteristic Springfield power pop appeal but mixed with a very modern rock vibe. 'Our Ship's Sinking' follows and erupts with a sing-along chorus. The fun continues with the ready for radio 'I Hate Myself'. Built on a dirty simple riff that collides with a wall of guitars and gang vocals for another sing-along chorus.

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The pace slows with ballads 'You And Me' and the acoustic foundation of 'Gabriel'. Both feature layered guitars and vocals that bring out lyrical strength and emotion. 'A Sign Of Life' is a modern pop gem and the heavy and dark track 'My Last Heartbeat' is a stand out with massive effects and modern sound.

Up-tempo and vast choruses return in 'Joshua' and 'Love Screws Me Up', taking you back to the eighties with the sound and delivery. Another gloomy ballad, 'I Found You', leads into the brilliant 'Depravity'. It"s a rocking intense groove filled track with an influential chorus. The closer 'One Way Street' is an inspirational anthem with an infectious beat.

Rick Springfield brings a lush collection of pop bliss throughout this album. He still writes songs chalk full of hooks that are memorable from the first spin.

'Songs For The End Of The World' doesn't try to invent the wheel or try to be a trend setter in modern music. It doesn't depend on gimmicks or overproduction to make the songs more interesting. It's simply the effort of a man making some of the best music of his career relying solely on performance and strength of songs.





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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