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Best Band - The Devin Townsend Project (Ca)

Could it be anybody else? What a great year for the man and his band from tours, festival slots, albums and of course the fantastic 'Retinal Circus'. DTP could actually be my choice for nearly all our categories here!

Best Album - The Agonist 'Prisoners' (Ca)

Love the band and this album. It's a great step for the band who nailed the difficult second album maturely bloomed in a positive direction. Click here for the review.

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Best EP - TesseracT 'Perspective' (UK)

A great break form the norm with an acoutic release, yet encompassing that definitive groove and ambiance.

Best Gig - Mastodon, 17th January, Voxhall Aarhus (Dk)

A great start to the year with the mighty 'Don and support from Red Fang in a great intimate venue with balcony. Two hours of bellowing riff-age from classic to new spanning all releases with typical well known tracks and some great "b-side" choices.

Best Festival - Copenhell (Copenhagen, Dk)

Download still remains my favorite festival and Bloodstock I'm sure still has the great atmosphere but my choice has gotta be Live Nation's growing pearl. With the intimacy of Bloodstock enjoying giant names, flames, beer, beer and more beer!

Best Newcomer - Monuments (UK)

Not strictly new, but this year has seen the bands first studio release and a slot on the megolithic Euroblast tour. Hard working guys with superstars in the making!

Most Annoying Moment - Marilyn Manson

As closing Headliner at Copenhell he made us wait 20 minutes in the sudden monsoon only to forget half the words and vaguely sing/speak the words he did know to a guitar stack. A shit new album too.

Look forward to...

Ziltoid's sequel, TesseracT's second album, festival season!




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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