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'Ocean Blade'
Release Date: Out Now!

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus

cactus and cardigan

This German-based Heavy Metal quintet set pulses racing apparently with their debut album in 2012 called 'The Warrior's Code'. Clues like they are German and their debut album is titled as such suggest these guys are very much leather wearing, fist clenching Metal music bruisers.

When reading their Facebook profile whilst digesting a second spin of 'Ocean Blade', I carefully noted their subtle underlying agenda: "GLORYFUL's music is not about any clichés or bullshit. It's just what it is: Heavy Metal!" So far; so good.

With a wonderful crisp production which elevates the guitar to the sort of standards that Iron Maiden captured around their 'Powerslave' era in conjunction with the distinct and powerful vocals from Johnny la Bomba they are close to executing something very special.

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If you're unfamiliar with these Metal maestros, imagine if you will the spirit and enthusiasm of Manowar in the same boxing ring as the clinical delivery of most German-based Heavy Metal bands and then throw in a hint of Judas Priest and I would say that this comes close to providing an insight.

There are plenty of opportunities to shout along with the band which adds a special ingredient to the party. Opening track 'Hiring The Dead' is a strong beginning and the rapid attack of 'The Masters Hands' plus an infectious chorus make this a contender for a prominent highlight. 'Cradle Of Heroes' waves the flag for the epic contingent on 'Ocean Blade' and chugs like a good 'un.

With a title like 'All Men To The Arms' you know what you're about to receive and in true predictable fashion Gloryful give it to you right between the eyes. The chorus is immediate and the riffs by this point are notorious in regards to their overall sound and style.

'Ocean Blade' is a straight ahead Metal album with no real quirk or distinctive attempt to break the mould. Their secret weapon is within some of the chorus'and their lead vocalist and some might say their energy and devotion to all things Heavy Metal. If you're hungry to digest this sort of music then Gloryful won't disappoint, but if you're looking for something a little less well-trodden, or something a little more challenging then avoid.

Either way you look at it, 'Ocean Blade' made me wish I had sufficient time to check out my Saxon collection, and then there's the whole excitement and anticipation for the new Judas Priest album. Maybe I'll find a moment when I'm washing the dishes to spin 'Ram It Down'? Phew, where would we be without a bit of Metal running riot in our ears eh?

Hiring The Dead
El Mare E Libertad
Ocean Blade
The Masters Hands
Cradle Of Heroes
Black Legacy
All Men To The Arms
McGuerkin On The Bridge
Siren Song
Ocean Legacy





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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