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  LAID 8

Ivan David

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I got the chance to see Laid 8 live recently and I'm glad to say that their combination of heavy guitars and female vocals are effective both onstage and on their debut record 'These Faded Lines'.

'Your Mistakes' is the first track, and is a proper introduction to what Laid 8 is about. The guitar tone is a huge part of their sound, crunchy, dirty and in-your-face. The riffs vary from Pantera influenced low and heavy palm muted patterns to some melodic staccato riffs a la Megadeth, throwing occasional bluesy chords and clean atmospheric tones in the mix as well.

Everything is in synch, allowing every instrument to contribute to a well-balanced dialog and to create really infectious grooves that sound really tight thanks to the bass and drums laying a solid foundation.

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The female vocals are one of the highlights:sometimes emotional, sometimes mean, sometimes dramatic but always melodic. I think the singer brings a lot of personality and an intimate approach, which says a lot about the band being not just an artistic outlet for the musicians involved, but also a vehicle for their personal expression.

Songs like 'Ode To You' are a good example of moments with an emotional emphasis in this record, as well as 'Before You Choose', where the guitar and the voice are by themselves and the intimate vibe is created effectively.

A song that really stands out is 'Flush', a great evidence of Laid 8's talent in terms of songwriting: The ternary form, groove, infectious chorus, melodies are elements that are put together very well, showing that the band has commercial potential within the interesting framework of their music. If 'These Faded Lines' has a song that would become a sing-along crowd favorite I would put my bets on 'Flush'. The song is very memorable and got stuck in my head right away. Check the video here...

I also got three remastered songs from their 2010 self-titled EP, which is a nice bonus, especially the song 'Necessary Evil' which has Middle Eastern elements that sound really authentic. Laid 8 are originally from Israel, so I presume this is a natural and spontaneous thing.

'These Faded Lines' struck me as a really strong debut. The versatile approach of the band would give way to a growth that would only make their music more interesting in the future. I will stay tuned for their next releases and I certainly recommend not only checking out their stuff, but also catching them live. They have a really cool cover of Pantera's 'Five Minutes Alone'.

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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.


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.

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