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  MICHAEL MONROE
'Horns And Halos'
(Spinefarm)
Release Date: August 23rd 2013


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Kicking off with the sleaze and punk fuelled 'TNT Diet', this new album from the former Hanoi Rocks frontman hits you in the face with a sledgehammer.

That opening track is a lot punkier than I'd expected but there's a mean driving bass line and recognisable sleaze undertones that make for a full solid sound. And a mean shred guitar solo too.

'Ballad Of The Lower East Side' is a tad more melodic and 'Eighteen Angels' has both melody and power.

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'Saturday Night Special' is another blistering track and indicative of what influenced GnR et al. It's tracks like this that show the bridge between The Ramones and 80s hair/glam.

The title track too is classic Monroe, with a slightly gothic rhythm that mixes The Cult with Smashing Pumpkins. And some vocal harmonies in the chorus add to the appeal.

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'Child Of The Revolution' is another that has that punky touch; while this album is as solid and at times as melodic as Monroe's previous set, 'Sensory Overdrive', guitarist Dregen has brought an extra sleazy dimension. His work with Steve Conte throughout the album is superb, as are Sami Yaffa's bass lines.

'Soul Surrender' mixes a real noisy blast with melodic, more soulful segments, and again the shred guitar bursts work well. 'Ritual' is a slower (well, less of a blast) song but thoroughly enjoyable, and it shows Monroe's power and range.

'Hands Are Tied' closes the album with aplomb and a catchy rhythm and riff. And the saxophone works wonderfully.

A superb album with some great songs, my only quibble is that at 36 minutes it's not particularly long. That said, there is nothing not to enjoy about this album.

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23.7.13







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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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