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Release Date: 28th July 2014

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus

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Welcome to the brash world of Nikki Smash, Tommy K and Benji Knopfler, where the walls of crunching and crashing guitars are set to full power and the chemistry between them creates what their press release would have us believe is "Post Grunge Riff Metal".

If you tried shakin' your maracas in time to this rugged Rock n'Roll you'd break them due to the noise-quake they like to share. Mind you, saying such melodramatic things might prepare your ears for something louder and more raucous than Motörhead at a barbeque with an abundance of amplifiers and the constant stomping of a possessed dinosaur in tow which would be somewhat an exaggeration.

Sure, they sound like hardened bikers on the road to ruin with their brand of edgy Rock n' Roll and lurking beneath the surface are hooks which bite sufficiently.

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Imagine Scott Sorry taking up the permanent position of lead vocalist of The Wildhearts and that places you in the same area as the general sound of Brighton's finest. Apart from having a very cool name for their band, they have good songs too on this debut album. Highlights like the rugged ballad 'Burning Up The Skies', the punchy 'Delirium (Reprise)' and the attitude-driven 'Can't Keep Him Down' all add a spark to the flow of the album.

If you picked up on these fellows back in 2011 when they unleashed 'I Can't Go Back' as a digital single, you will be pleased that after a few years of turmoil, the band have included it on this debut long-player. 'Eyes' has been unveiled as the first official promo track complete with video which you can witness for yourself here...

It would be inaccurate to say that 'Eyes' is the definitive representative for this album as the band within the emotions they lay bare cover a lot of ground. There are elements of punk, hard rock, Metal and subtle nods scattered throughout of bands they respect and appreciate. This debut does reveal a lot of promise and delivers for the majority with crunching riffs, snarling vocals and a solid beat.

'Waste' keeps things tight and versatile with hints of Alice in Chains and a progressive nature at times while album-closer 'Across The Night' starts out like a hangover before finding a 'Sabbath-style riff to climb the journey the arrangement wishes to follow. I personally think they missed a trick with the finale of 'Across The Night' which could have been a rousing ending to what is a cool album as it hints at a monumental riff, but fizzles out too quickly.

Awkwardly poised between being a straight-ahead driving greasy Rock n'Roll band and a thoughtful Hard Rock band with progressive tendencies, they entertain nevertheless. The stutterin' riff in 'Gotta Get A Grip' is tasty in conjunction with their melody line which runs through the chorus. On reflection, you'd have to say there is plenty to absorb and it is good stuff mostly. I guess that is what a debut album is supposed to be; plenty of potential, enthusiastic energy and a little experimentation.

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Poisoned Speech
Can't Keep Him Down
Delirium (Reprise)
The Rope Pulls Sins
Burning Up The Skies
I Can't Go Back
I'm Just Too Weak
Gotta Get A Grip
Across The Night

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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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