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  ALABAMA BLACK SNAKES
'Shake It Like The Lord Ain't Watching'
(ATO for USA, Rough Trade for UK)


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alabama black snakes

I first caught this band supporting Sack Trick at their annual christmas gig in Roskilde, Denmark, in 2011. Mounting the stage in full western style outfits - denims, checkered shirts and cowboy hats, well that straight away tells you what this band is about, but a Danish country band, will they be any good? Do the Danes know southern rock? Or even country? I thought they were all about viking and Heavy Metal...

Well they have a harmonica player so they're sure gonna make the effort and you know what, they kick ass, very well written and crucially well performed. This band did what most band would probably struggle to achieve, they got every one dancing, it was addictive to jig along to the southern booze rock n roll blues and you couldn't help but grin from ear to ear - well I couldn't anyway, especially when they proceed to hand out free drink!

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So let's talk about the band's second release - 'Shake It Like The Lord Ain't Watching'. Initially I felt the LP was a little more laid back to what I remember seeing, but the more I listen to it the more the grooves and rhythms perk me up and before you know it the nine tracks are over, I certainly have a thirst for more and have no qualms about listening twice in a row.

Alabama Black Snakes: 'Maker Break Me'



Style wise I'm struggling to compare as whilst I like southern rock and bits of country, I'm lacking the knowledge! So I could say it's heavier than Johnny Cash, more country than Clutch and Skynyrd, but I am seriously clutching at straws here. I'm afraid you need to find out for yourself but if anything I've mentioned interests you then Alabama Black Snakes won't disappoint!

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So first track, 'Drinking With Myself', is blues orientated and with no holding back, 'Lightening And Opossums' takes things up a notch to an almost spaghetti western rock, maybe a hint of Primus there. 'Underdog' displays the bands ability to wind things down, you could certainly imagine this track in a Tarantino film with it's Shadows-esque country guitar.

The album continues with great guitar and harmonica melodies and sing along chorus chants, a great example being 'Save The Boogie'. 'Lord Have Mercy' brings out the acoustic side of the band with a sad sounding ballad leaving us with 'Dunnobodyknow', a right stomp and clap track - I dare you to not nod along!

A great listen in the shower when getting ready to go out, there's just no way you can't love this album!

Get a sneak peak by clicking here. And here's what the band did last winter:

Alabama Black Snakes 'Merry Fucking Christmas'
Also available on Spotify!



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10.3.13




WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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