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'Any Given Moment'
(Frontiers Records)
Release Date: 23rd August 2013

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus

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Let me introduce you to a fine singer/songwriter who has provided backing vocals for Survivor, had brief stints as vocalist with Toto, Angel and Le Roux plus some real highlights in and amongst his solo career. This guy is well respected in melodic rock circles and once you get your ears wrapped around 'Any Given Moment' you'll understand that he's the real deal.

This album is his third solo studio album and arrives after the US singer endured a horrendous turn of events regarding his health when he was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2010. Critics and fans hailed his last studio opus 'Happiness Is The Road' as a real gem within a melodic rock back catalogue to be proud of, so what about this time?

You get eleven songs to wrap your ears around, all candy coated in a decent polished production and the ebb and flow compliment the expectations. Those familiar with Issa, who has released three studio albums so far for the same record label, will be delighted to know she makes an appearance featuring prominently on the song 'Not Alone'.

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As part and parcel of the melodic rock scene, the concept of the ballad is something to expect. If you're a fan of those romantic, maybe reflective or introverted moments or maybe those heart-breaking tearjerkers, then you'll be thrilled to hear there are just such events taking place on 'Any Given Moment'. Soak up the atmosphere and emotive sentiment on 'How Many Roads' or 'I'll Be The One' as they wash over you with soft melodies and tender lyrics.

There are subtle tempo changes throughout, and 'Let Go' offers up something a little more upbeat while the title track chugs along with a spring in the step. 'Price Ffor Loving You' is another standout moment and confirms to the listener that this melodic rock release has a sufficient amount of highlights to make it worthy of comparisons with its predecessor.

Looking for epic hooks and a warm slathering of melodic goodness to soothe the ears after one too many alcoholic beverages? Then this could be on your proverbial music player of choice for a while. Sit back and enjoy as Dennis 'Fergie' Frederiksen's confidence grows in his own ability to stand up as a solo artist.

Invaluable assistance from the Italian producer and songwriter Alessandro Del Vecchio and a significant contribution on guitar from Robert Sall, known for his work with Work of Art (check out 'In Progress' if you haven't already done so) and W.E.T., plus Bruce Gaitsch who is better known for playing alongside Richard Marx. They all add to the ambience of what has easily attained the score that you see below. It's good to have another album from you Mr Frederiksen.

Fergie Frederiksen – lead vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio – keyboards, background vocals
Nik Mazzucconi – bass, fretless bass
Herman Furin – drums
Robert Sall, Bruce Gaitsch, Walter Caliaro, Peter Friestedt, Alessio Berlaffa, Sven Larsson, David Coyle - Lead and rhythm guitars
Roberto Tiranti – background vocals
Ft. Issa Oversveen – duet vocals on 'Not Alone'

Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio

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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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