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Sam Shepherd

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Best band of 2012 - Baroness

This year saw one awesome album in the bag in the shape of 'Yellow And Green' and a rather testing time following their coach crash in the UK. They deserve some serious kudos. Here's hoping they get back to what they do best soon.

Best album of 2012 - Earth: 'Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light Pt II'

There's so many albums that this could have been, but Earth's just about sneaks it. Carlson's preoccupation with English Folklore will undoubtedly yield yet more class-A material in the future, but this sets the bar high.

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Best single/EP of 2012 - The Haxan Cloak: 'The Men Parted The Sea To Devour The Water'

Part of the gorgeous Latitudes sessions, this might not fit some people's ideas of what constitutes Metal, but heavy it most certainly is. A stunning journey into a dark and unsettling world.

Best gig of 2012 - Faith No More (Hammersmith Apollo)

OK, so not the Brixton gig, and there were undoubtedly a mass of amazing shows by other bands, but this return for FNM was heartening and not a little nostalgic. Hopefully, this time around it's a proper reboot.

Best promo video of 2012 - Pig Destroyer: 'The Diplomat'

Fancy watching a weird, (almost) Rotoscope version of Kubrick's 2001? There's monkeys brandishing guns. It's a moral statement on the arms trade and a call to revolution (probably). And all soundtracked by the astounding Pig Destroyer. You wanna? Course you do.

Best festival of 2012 – Supernormal

Not an out and out Metal festival, but this weird little gathering at Brazier's Park (the getaway for Marianne Faithful and Jagger a little while ago) was blindingly good fun. If the music wasn't full on enough for you (although it frequently was) then why not go and watch massive 6ft bread men being baked or get freaked out at an AV pop-up event in the woods. Oh and it didn't rain, so no snorkel required.

Underground Band – Undersmile

Oxford's slowest, dirtiest and most impressive band – think Melvins, crossed with and subdued by Codeine. Supported Dylan Carlson recently and have a habit of terrifying local audiences regularly. Their album 'Narwhal' is a beast.




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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