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17th July 2014

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states of panic

The intro kicks in and States Of Panic are hitting the stage so cue the mayhem and stomping tunes that are about to ensue.

These boys have worked so hard to build up a great loyal fan base and have come a very long way from when I saw their first London shows as Peepshow.

'One Of Us' has that heavy edged guitar sound with a very catchy rhythm which is totally gearing the crowd up for a great set. The band certainly have a high energy and this is why they have managed to get to play such events as Download, Les-Fest, and won the Marshall Amps competition.

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'Battle Cry' has a very keyboards based electro intro with a great transition into some nice guitar work by Rusty Gill. On the album, this has a slow kind of pace which picks up. The chorus has that kind of lyric that just makes you want to join in and scream it out; this works well in a live show.

Johnny Gunn, as always, has a great banter with the crowd; he has a flare for getting everybody involved at every show that I have attended.

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'Violate' has that heavy sound, chugging guitars and sees the rhythm section of Hex and Mick come into their own. The pulsing heaviness of this track live has the crowd lapping up the atmosphere.

I have to say that Sates Of Panic are very tight tonight and have totally mastered their stage delivery and presence. By the time 'Gun To My Head' is played, the crowd is dancing and swaying. Being the first song from their album 'World Order' it's a well known tune.

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Activity on stage is good and for a song that has the industrial tinged sound, bouncy lyrics and very much a party song live.

Did States Of Panic nail it tonight mixed in with hard rock, glam rock? Absolutely and definitely a band you should go and see live. Top notch guys and tunes to raise the battle cry.

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states of panic

states of panic

states of panic

states of panic

states of panic

states of panic





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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