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'Let's Get Serious'
(AOR Heaven)
Release Date: 26th May 2014

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus


Whilst Gus G promotes his solo album and keeps busy handling guitar parts for Ozzy Osbourne's solo venture, the keyboardist and other guitarist from Greek Metal mainstays Firewind, Bob Katsionis keeps busy with muscular-sounding melodic rockers Outloud.

Their third studio album hopes to build on their previous work by offering up ballads, hook-laden upbeat rockers and a cover version.

Things begin in Euro-Cheese territory complete with painful clichés and uninspired form by introducing the listener to 'Death Rock'. I'm sorry, but it's not doing it for my ears at all. This sentiment of mine is compounded when I hear the very classy following two tracks which both present a catchy chorus and smooth arrangement as a whole. 'I Was So Blind' and 'One More Time' both overshadow what feels like a lost opportunity with the opening song.

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The smooth performances continue with 'Bury The Knife' and 'Like A Dream', the former of these two being a real highlight and the latter keeping the momentum rolling. Other highlights like 'It Really Doesn't Matter', their cover version of the OMD classic 'Enola Gay' and 'A While To Go' come thick and fast soaked in melodic splendour reminding those who listen, that these Greek rockers know how to pen a fine tune.

Listen out for special guest drummer George Kollias from the band Nile laying down a respectable performance throughout this album which will do more than satisfy fans of Outloud. On 'Toy Soldiers' the band rev up those rockin' engines and batter the walls of the studio with what some are speculating is their heaviest moment committed to any of their recordings yet.

It reminded me of the time I first heard the track 'Sheer Heart Attack' by Queen – you know that moment when you're blind-sided and a band who you think you understand come at you with something fast and heavy! Incidentally, guitarist Mike Orlando known for his fretwork with Adrenaline Mob pops up as special guest on this fiery event called 'Toy Soldiers'.

The title track interestingly enough is an instrumental which to be honest is alright; fast and melodic it does the business but isn't really up to the level of the other material on show. So if I was being super-critical and went for the jugular, I'd be inclined to say that by dropping two tracks, this album would have been very impressive. Instead, I'm feeling a little let down but can say with my heart on my sleeve that 'Let's Get Serious' has plenty of life in it.

If you purchased either of their first two studio albums, this'll be a great addition and shouldn't bring about any major concerns or surprises. On the other hand, if you're a little choosey about your European themed Rock music you could do a lot worse than check this album out, as the majority of 'Let's Get Serious' is good quality punchy Melodic Rock.

It has hooks, accessible arrangements, good production values and a cover version; what more could you ask for? (That's a rhetorical question, as you could easily add a whole list of things which would make your life a lot better!)

Death Rock
I Was So Blind
One More Time
Bury The Knife
Like A Dream
It Really Doesn't Matter
A While To Go
All In Vain
Another Kind Of Angel
Let's Get Serious
Toy Soldiers
Enola Gay





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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