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German AOR stalwarts Mad Max return for their 12th studio album, 'Interceptor', which sees the original and classic line-up of Michael Voss (vocals, lead guitar), Jurgen Breforth (guitar), Roland Bergman (bass) and Axel Kruse (drums) continue their recent reunion (after 2012s 'Another Night Of Passion') to deliver another dose of late 80s style melodic rock.

A broad sweeping statement says all original line-ups are the best but my experience tells me that more often than not it's the second incarnation of a band that produces the greatest work but that is a discussion for another time or some forum somewhere for people who have too much time. Or the pub. But I digress…

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I happened to catch Michael Voss singing for Michael Schenker's band at High Voltage a few years ago and he did a fine job, especially on the Scorpions' 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' and I suppose it's a lazy comparison due to the whole German thing but he does remind me a lot of Klaus Meine in his tone and delivery.

He also occupies the producer's chair (presumably having put his towel on it in the wee small hours - groan, I'm sorry!) and the record sounds clean and pristine yet gritty and powerful in all the right places.

What we get then are 10 tracks of well crafted melodic rock done to maximum efficiency with a good number of earworms that will burrow in and leave their little eggs in your head.

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Highlights for me were opener 'Save Me' that starts haunting and ends rocking. 'Godzilla' veers dangerously close to Steel Panther with it's comedy "monster" noises but is redeemed with a monster of a riff. 'Rock All Your Life' has a great Leppard style chorus and 'Bring On The Night' is a prescription for a hair of the dog to keep the party going.

'Revolution' features some cool trading guitar solos and a stonking down tuned riff and album closer 'Turn It Down' comes across as a heavy Sweet. In a good way!

Mad Max aren't exactly cracking new ground but if it ain't broke don't fix it. Hey, it's never done AC/DC any harm and it certainly won't disappoint fans of the band!

A handful of dates in Germany are booked in for November but nothing else for the rest of Europe or the UK which is a shame for fans of good quality polished melodic rock. Now if only they could get on the soundtrack to the forthcoming Tom Hardy remake of the classic Mad Max movie we could hear and see a lot more!

'Interceptor' is OUT NOW in Europe and November 5th in USA/Canada.

01.Save Me
03.Sons Of Anarchy
04.Rock All Your Life
05.Five Minute Warning
06.Bring On The Night
07.Streets Of Tokyo
08.Show No Mercy
10.Turn It Down

LIVE 2013 with Vengeance:
06.11. D-Hamburg - Ballroom / R 'n' R Warehouse
07.11. D-Osnabrück - Bastard Club
08.11. CH-Pratteln - Rock Power Festival
09.11. NL-Tilburg - Cafe Extase
10.11. D-Frankfurt - Zoom
11.11. D-Nürnberg - Rockfabrik
12.11. D-Augsburg - Spectrum Club
13.11. D-Essen - Turock

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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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