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  BEST OF 2014

Liz Medhurst

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Best New Band

Blues Pills had an amazing year, and in just over twelve months since the release of their debut EP, we have had the album and a host of live performances showcasing the brilliance of the multi-national quartet. It's like an underground vintage 1960s band time-hopped to the present day, bringing with them all the hard rock sensibilities of the intervening years. They look great, sound great and deserve continued success.

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Best Band

It had to be Motörhead! From watching the set at Hyde Park in July, supporting Black Sabbath and seeing Lemmy diminished due to health issues – only in body, never in essence and presence – to the almighty resurgence at Wembley Arena in November, this is the epitome of rock n' roll. Immortality is guaranteed no matter what, but Motörhead, who are worthy of the title of greatest hard rock band ever, remain fully open for business and look like continuing for a good while longer.

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Best Album

It's been a great year for albums, but 'When The Crow Flies' by Stonewire is the one I return to again and again. The debut for the Kent based band fuses hard rock, dirty blues and Southern grooves and is piled full of powerful, intelligent songs. Sky Hunter's charismatic vocals pack an emotional punch straight to the heart and the overall sound is pristine, which is no surprise as mixing was done by Tony Newton and Pete Friesen. There couldn't have been a better start for Stonewire, it's exciting to see where they're headed next.

Best Single

London-based Australian heavy blues duo The Graveltones have come into their own this year and have gigged almost non-stop around Europe. Their raw, passionate energy is thrilling and the wall of sound and the intensity of the riffs they produce is astounding. Also, Jimmy and Mikey are two of the coolest and funniest people you could hope to meet. 'Forget About The Trouble' is taken from the 'Don't Wait Down' album and is a complete earworm.

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Best Gig

Oh man, decisions! I'm still reeling from Kate Bush at Hammersmith Apollo in September, which can't be counted here as that was no less than Gig Of A Lifetime. I have seen so many fabulous performances this year, and the festivals have been a triumph too - long may this continue. I just can't choose – but I have to. Ok... Iron Maiden headlining at Sonisphere UK. It sums up everything that is great about the band, the festival scene and the sheer weight of talent and variety in today's Metal scene.

Things To Look Forward To In 2015

Krushfest in Great Yarmouth hosted by the legendary Krusher Joule is essential. Ramblin' Man Festival, the successor to High Voltage, will be worth checking out too. The continuing saga of the AC/DC story will make for very interesting gigs this summer while Pearl Handled Revolver's third album for blues rock of the dirtiest and best kind. The thought of Motörhead's 40th anniversary celebrations warms the heart. I'd like to see a move away from having to watch gigs through other people's phone and tablet screens and return to enjoying the moment please. Oh and World Peace would be lovely too.

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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.

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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