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So I sit here very unsure as to what to write for this album. I have had it for several weeks now and have given it a try but it really does nothing for me at all, though admittedly this listen as I write is reaching out to me a little more.

Opening track, 'Love Runs Away', like all the tracks that follow, opens with potential but just doesn't amount to anything. Lyrically the themes are typically dark, Gothic and sexy but bordering on unimaginative or rather, unoriginal.

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The music is crystal clear and tight, well played and composed yet there is just nothing to look forward to, certainly nothing on the scale of 'Perfect Skin' or 'Dead Girl's Are Easy'. In fact, every time I've listened I constantly forget that I'm listening to music and then wonder who is playing in the background.

If you have the deluxe iTunes version then you're treated to the track 'Rosary Blue', featuring Kat Von D, but even that's not much to boast about. Perhaps the Bonus DVD will be something to look forward to..?

Trailer Part 2

I don't want this to be a slam review as the musicianship is excellent, the guitars sound great and Jyrki's vocals are strong and pass on well the emotions of each track.

First single, 'Red', is probably the standout track of the album aching with desperation and wreaking of loneliness. 'I Love The Darkness In You' attempts to be more upbeat but come the acoustic guitars in 'Borderline', a nice song, but I just lose interest and forget to listen again.

If you get to the end then you're bidden farewell with a pretty disappointing ending with 'When A Love Comes To An End'.

Trailer Part 3

After many listens 'X' hasn't exactly grown on me. It's not a rubbish album but it doesn't grasp my attention as it's basically a bit boring.

Die hard fans of the band may not be quite so disappointed but unfortunately I can safely say this tenth effort from the band is not a must have by any means. Try before you buy by watching the above (very brief) trailers for 'X'.





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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