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'Anno Zero'
(Valerie Records)

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Italian Gothic rockers Bloody Mary are set to release their new album 'Anno Zero' and I was given an exclusive copy to see if the Blood n Roll is flowing.

In case you don't know too much about Bloody Mary they formed in 2000 and this is their third full album, the last being 'Party Music From Graveyards' in 2010.

The opening track, 'I Keep Pretending' has a catchy keyboard and bass intro which I was not expecting; the previous tunes did not have so much keyboard in them but this is definitely a tune that has caught my attention. The dark brooding vocals of Aldebran seem stronger as well as hearing the trademark "oooo ay ooooo" in the chorus. It's a great start.

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'Chase The Nowhere' sees the Gothic side of things become stronger in the tune structure, chugging guitars mixed with melodic riffing, along with lyrics about things happening over and over again. This could be deemed as brooding in a suggestive kind of way, but likely a tongue in cheek way of describing that things should be forgotten.

The track that ultimately stands alone for me is 'Concrete Jungle' which has a style that I have not heard Bloody Mary attempt before, mixing very aggressive industrial guitars and keyboard samples. Think Rammstein or Gothminister and you are very close to the sound on this track, very fast vocals mixed with what could be described as an energy of a speed train out of control.

If you were expecting some a standard Gothic rock songs, there are aspects here for you to enjoy. 'Judith' is quite a slow track to begin with floating style vocals about heartache. This is a pivotal part of 'Anno Zero' in my opinion as you get fast paced tempo going with "Concrete Jungle" then the album is slowed a lot by 'Judith', but this is not a bad thing at all.

'I Am Gonna Miss You' is the closing track which mixes the rockier side of the bands sound and what seems to be some kind of vocal overdubs about warfare.

Overall I think Bloody Mary have shown that they are progressing and growing with each release. If your a lover of gothic rock or whatever you want to tag it, then 'Anno Zero' is definitely an album which you will like.

Track listing:
01. I Keep Pretending
02. Chase The Nowhere
03. Concrete Jungle
04. Frozen
05. So Far Away
06. Crawling
07. Did You Let Me Down
08. Judith
09. The 3rd Chance
10. I Am Gonna Miss You

Aldebran (Vocal Folds)
Stranger (Bass)
La Mountain (Lead Guitar)
Dave (Guitar)
Juerghen (Drums)






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.

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