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Islington 02 Academy, London
10th October 2013

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I arrive as Laura Wilde is blasting out her first track, 'Show Me Love'. I have to say that after hearing some of her stuff on a certain media channel i thought it was a bit poppy but I was wrong. This young 23-year-old lady is blasting it hard and fast, a very pleasant surprise and she is looking smoking hot.

Highlights for me are tracks 'For You', very ballad driven and filled with emotions as well as 'Sold My Soul' which gets the crowd nicely warmed up for the main attraction.

I would definitely like to see more of Laura Wilde's material in a live show, she gets things going and seems to be full of energy.

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Reckless Love hit the stage with 'I Love Heavy Metal' and the venue seems to start to lap it up from the word go. Having heard the new cd 'Spirit' and being not as impressed as I hoped to be, the crowd are enjoying the old and new material tonight.

The newer material in my opinion has more of a pop edge; second track of the set 'Bad Lovin'' gets things moving and the crowd are lapping it up. By the time 'Beautiful Bomb' is being played the party has started, Olli is running around the stage and the band are very hot.

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Its difficult tonight for me to see exactly what has happened to the live show over the past three years but I'm not as enthusiastic as I had been previously. Highlights for me personally are the tracks 'Wild Touch', 'Back To Paradise' and 'Animal Attraction'.

There is a good mix of tracks from all three CDs but I just can't seem to get the pop tinged progression from my mind, both from the new CD and from the live show tonight.

The band know how to work the crowd very well, there are fists in the air and people mouthing the words to the songs. Reckless Love are very entertaining and energetic but I'm afraid it just wasn't hittng the home run for me tonight.

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Set List

I Love Heavy Metal
Bad Lovin'
On The Radio
Born To Break Your Heart
Beautiful Bomb
Dying To Live
Edge of
Wild Touch
Runaway Love
Back to Paradise
Sex, Drugs & RL
So Happy I Could Die
Animal Attraction
Night on Fire
One More Time

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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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