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Release Date: 23rd June 2014

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Danish melodic Rock fan and song-writer Torben Enevoldsen is the main brain behind the second studio album from the name of Acacia Avenue.

If you're expecting or hoping for a band that is heavily influenced by Iron Maiden or a band that appreciate the values of the British Heavy Metal legends album 'Number Of The Beast', then think again. This is a metaphorical stage set for various singers to sing tracks mostly penned by Enevoldsen.

Guest vocalists like Steve Newman (Newman), Rob Moratti (ex-Saga, Final Frontier), Mikael Roupé and Albin Ljungqvist amongst others all make top quality contributions. But somehow I don't think 'Cold' is all about the singers as the songs are the main attraction once you've given this album a spin or three.

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'Love Will Survive' followed by 'It's Over' both offer up some classy and hook-laden light-weight Rock which settle in the ears like your ass nestled in your favourite furniture. The band carries a punch when performing 'Out Of The Business' and the extra crunch makes an appearance through the veins of 'Carry Out' and album-closer 'Freedom From Doubt' which also encompasses a darker tone to its texture. Mind you, when I say a 'punch', I'm making reference in Melodic Rock terms all things being relative.

Torben Lysholm provides a touching performance on the title track which sounds like a wind chime incorporated at times with a flowing rush of harmony and restrained arrangement. 'Signs Of Love' is a strong contender for one of the best songs on this collection in my humble opinion whilst 'You And I' contains moments where the vocals soar.

On reflection 'Cold' doesn't blow my mind by any stretch of the imagination, but it offers up more than an adequate quantity of highlights which will easily satisfy fans of this corner of the universe of Rock. The production, mix and overall audio sheen arrive courtesy of Enevoldsen.

This guy is without a doubt a multi-talented individual who blatantly cherishes a challenge and embraces all things of a melodic nature. 'Cold' is a worthy addition to your Melodic Rock collection and strokes the listening experience whilst wearing an elegant velvet glove.

Apart from a couple of throwaway tracks like 'Calling Out' or 'How Many Nights' which both have their merits, but in comparison to the rest of the album don't quite settle at the same benchmark, 'Cold' was a pleasure to digest.

Love Will Survive
It's Over
Out Of The Business
Signs Of Love
You And I
Calling Out
How Many Nights
Freedom From Doubt

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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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