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'Welcome To The Freakshow'

Jeff Kunze

jeff kuntze

hinder welcoem to the freak show

Hinder has made a living by being radio rock friendly. Following on the heels of Nickelback, Hinder has forged a name for themsleves by keeping things a bit lighter and simpler. Songs are fueled by sex and alcohol, mindless lyrics, big hooks delivered with attitude. It's a recipe Hinder continues as they prepare to release their fourth album 'Welcome To The Freakshow'. This record is full of party anthems with a fair share of ballads to fully reach mass appeal.

The first single, 'Save Me', opens the album with a strong bass heavy groove surrounded by a cigarette laden vocal line pulling toward the hook and power punched chorus. The signature Hinder anthem sound is in full display showing just how this Oklahoma City band has achieved multiplatinum success. The infectious 'Ladies Come First' follows and delivers a strong catchy melody that drives the song.

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Two traditional power ballads, 'You Should Have Known Better' and 'I Don't Want To Believe', features a piano intro that works into the climactic chorus and hook. Acoustic guitars drive 'Get Me Away From You', 'Anyone But You', and the up-tempo balled 'Talk To Me'.

The catchiest song, 'Is It Just Me', trends more to the pop side of things. It's a nice change of pace both in tempo and overall sound that isn't found anywhere else on the record. The title track 'Freakshow' is a hidden gem buried among the ballads. Cruising guitar riffs and a chorus soaked with raw vocal attitude. It's a gritty and dirty rock-n-roll anthem. A couple of rockers, 'See You In Hell' and 'Wanna Be Rich', round the album out.

'Welcome To The Freakshow' is 100% Hinder. All the familiar ingredients used to make the previous albums are again utilized to the maximum degree creating a record fitting nicely into the Hinder catalog. The overall flow of this record is hampered by a surplus of ballads breaking momentum.

Five of the eleven songs are ballads of various types. At times this record tries too hard to achieve commercial success through the standard rock-n-roll clichés.

I would have liked to see Hinder expand and explore new territories on this fourth album instead of making the same album as the previous three.





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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