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'Lucky Machine' EP
Release Date: Out Now!

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus

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This Edinburgh four-piece have released a previous extended player in 2012 called 'Lions & Rockets', then in 2013 they unleashed their second EP 'Lucky Machine'.

Due to the DIY approach this band has adopted, it may be possible that this release has slipped by unnoticed, so here we are giving you a chance to catch up. The crew working tirelessly here at are good like that.

Mercy Breheny isn't like a great many other female lead vocals you've heard, and this is evident when you wrap your ears around these five tracks. Accompanied by three eager enthusiasts of old school Heavy Metal, especially moments of Iron Maiden-ish guitar work, they embrace their angst and frustrations and invest them in their songs. Fuelled on their interests of dragons, demons, wizards and kings along with black wind, fire and steel, they grip the crotch of those who stop and listen to them, and squeeze very tightly!

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'Marwencol' is the first out of the gates. Full of fury and intent, this rollercoaster of an opening track has broken its brakes and it just flows with a curious up tempo metal heart. Hot on its spiky stiletto heels is 'Parasitology' which starts out with a groove and then reveals some different textures on the verse. The chorus ends with the word 'Bloodsucker' as Breheny belts out each and every syllable.

The beginning of 'Behemoth' for a split second reminded me of the fabulous Ramones but naturally doesn't dwell in such territory. The song evolves with its rugged Heavy Metal credentials and boots a passing butterfly in the head. Incidentally, the lyrics aren't painting pictures in a way you'd expect Ronnie James Dio would; instead this is attitude-injected wording with the odd expletive for good measure. Also while I recall as this E.P. gets its umpteenth spin on my demon-player, these guys know how to end a song. It is abrupt and intense each time which sits comfortably with their delivery as a whole.

Like riding a bicycle over bumpy terrain, 'Legion' bounces along vibrating to each and every crack and hole in the ground, offering up space for some rigorous riffs to slither out like serpents. Someone or something has a lot to answer for, because all I can deduce is these guys were seriously aggravated when they recorded these Metal morsels.

Talking of Metal morsels, my highlight from 'Lucky Machine' is the album closer 'Slaves Of Chronos' which starts out lunging like a rabid boxer. Fists flying through the air and the sound of broken glass and creaking furniture being moved, are the sounds that were removed from the session that brought this song to my ears. It is relentless as the drama overflows bringing us to another superb and abrupt ending.

'Lucky Machine' is a marauding and rampaging untamed beast that creates imagery akin to a bull in a china shop! If that sounds like a party you want to share with your ears, then this extended player is worthy of digging up. If it was a vehicle, 'Lucky Machine' would be a turbo charged military tank that bulldozes its way over and through everything that lies in its path!

Whilst wearing a distinctively primitive Heavy Metal overcoat, this band somehow entertains as they plough their wares and shove your face in some very moist mud. Now where did I leave my med kit; there's blood leaking from somewhere?

Slaves Of Chronos

Vocals - Mercy Breheny
Bass -Roland Wagstaff
Guitar - Callum Morrison
Drums - Felix Adamson

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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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