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  BEST OF 2012

Jeff Kunze

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hinder welcoem to the freak show

Band Of The Year: Overkill

After decades of albums and countless tours, Overkill remain as relevant as ever. Dropping the thrash monster 'The Electric Age', they continue to define the genre. Bands this deep into their career usually ride on nostalgia, but they continue to create music that can stand on its own merit and rival anything in the deep archives of the Overkill catalog.

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Album Of The Year: 'What Doesn't Kill Us' by Throw The Fight

This album is the perfect blend of power and melody. Mixing razor sharp guitar riffs with stadium rousting anthems and hooks. Well crafted songs line this release from top to bottom. Throw The Fight have captured a formula few have pulled off.

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Best EP Of The Year: 'Stairway To Hell' by Ugly Kid Joe

UKJ resurfaces with a mixed bag of new songs. Keeping to undefined boundaries UKJ made successful back in the 1990s, this EP runs between many styles. Not all the songs are instant classics but having UkJ back makes this release exciting.

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Gig Of The Year: 'The Tour' featuring Kiss and Mötley Crüe

A perfect summer night greeted two of rocks greatest theatrical bands. Armed with an arsenal of lights, smoke, fireworks, and a pair of water cannons, they ripped through all the hits you would expect. All the stage trappings were on display including Lee's roller coaster drum kit and Gene breathing fire and spitting blood. Good rocking time!!

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Best Video Of The Year: 'Welcome To The Freakshow' by Fatal Smile

This rocker was the first single off '21st Century Freaks'. Its high octane and visual effects create the perfect Fatal Smile freakshow.

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Best Underground Band: Crunchy

Crunchy is a one-man creative machine. Monty Colvin, best known for his work for the criminally under the radar Galactic Cowboys, has released three albums. His latest, 'Loserville', combines big thrash riffs, punk, and power pop blended with monster hooks and vocal harmonies. Without a label and major distribution 'Loserville' continues to be an untapped gem.

Check out for everything Crunchy. He also does a brilliant podcast called 'Monty's Rockcast' that can be found on iTunes. Check it out and spread the word.

Most Annoying Moment Of 2012:

The continued wait for the reunion tour dates for Saigon Kick.

On Tap 2013:

A solid list of releases waits for 2013 and among them are new albums from Volbeat, Crashdiet, and Bullet For My Valentine. All three are following up very successful records. Tours on the horizon for 2013 include an American thrash bill with Testament, Overkill, and Flotsam & Jetsam. For some added juice the Australian thrashers 4Arm open the show. If you are an 'old school' thrash fan check out 'Submissions Of Liberty' by 4Arm.




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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