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'The Fire Inside'
Release Date: Out Now

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus


To think that Switzerland have already brought us Rock music in the shape of Gotthard and Krokus amongst many others, you'd think what other audio delights could they export? Well my friend, here is a debut album by another example of accessible Rock music from the country that has a reputation for some tasty chocolate and wonderful scenery.

This quartet have battled in competition and toured various places while all the time developing their sound until the point they were ready to share.

I wouldn't say their music is dynamic or innovative but it is comfortable and easy on the ear with lead vocalist Dominik Naef coming across as a medley of U.S. Rock singers. Occasionally bringing to mind James Hetfield or possibly Brent Smith and others in that ball-park, Naef does an honourable job of lifting the material Woodbridge has on offer. Highlights like 'Addicted', 'Don't Hold Me Back' and the single 'Four Wheels' do a good job of keeping the attention.

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There isn't a lack of potential amongst the material which is a lucky thing due to the cluttered corner of the universe of Rock they wish to dwell. So many bands exist peddling the sound that Woodbridge exhibit here. Think bands like Shinedown, Theory of a Deadman, Seether, Hinder and the wealth of competition that beat these guys to the finish line.

Woodbridge need to either delve deeper or find songs so irresistible they can climb further, or find a way to evolve in to their own skin and deliver a new angle on the sound that exists in this busy marketplace.

Despite my reservations and feeling of an uninspired musical horizon, I found myself tapping my toes along to 'Forever Loud' and 'Next Drink'. My main issue though is about who is likely to buy into this beyond those who stumble across their live shows and wish to buy a copy to reminisce to.

It is the equivalent of a good quality toy replica of Nickelback or one of the bands I made reference to above. If that sounds like your idea of quality and fun, then you've found an album to snog relentlessly until the next album comes out. Alas, I can only muster enough enthusiasm and interest to say it isn't bad, but it hardly gets me aroused.

Born To Rumble
I Feel Free
Lost In Paradise
Life's Hot
Four Wheels
Don't Hold Me Back
Forever Loud
Next Drink

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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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