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22nd November 2013

Nik Underwood

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hardcore superstar

Ahh Sweden. We love you. We love your practical and boxy cars. We love your practical and flat-packed furniture you stick in the back of them. Lazy generalisation (and mild racism) aside, we love your music. Sweden plus rock n' roll equals awesome and that is just a fact.

It started with ABBA whose ear for a genius pop melody must have seeped into the DNA of every band since. The Backyard Babies, the Hellacopters, Hives etc all rocked hard but the melody was undeniable. Coupled with English as a second language that makes lyric writing fiendishly childlike or forensically studied but always catchy and to the point, and a good dollop of 'not giving a fuck' and you are on to a winner.

We Britishers (and music snob critics) like to think we are the true arbiters of taste and are trying so hard to be cool that there is a tendency to look down our noses at our European cousins. The truth is that books, tv and movies, and yes, music is coming under attack from a Scandinavian Invasion. And they are winning.

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Hardcore Superstar have been fighting the good fight for over a decade and a half and are currently on their uppers with latest album 'C'mon Take Me On'.

In town tonight with Buckcherry on a UK tour, this is no "support slot" but an "earlier stage time". From the roar that greets the band when they take the stage it's obvious Hardcore are not here just to play second fiddle.

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Out of the gate with 'Moonshine' the band are fired up and have the place bouncing. Jocke Berg's voice, taking in the lows of Axl and the highs of Jizzy Pearl, is in fine form and the animated frontman wastes no time in making sure every inch of the stage has his footprint on it. 'One More Minute', 'Kick On The Upperclass' and 'My Good Reputation' provoke mass sing-a-longs and this party is in full swing.

The rhythm section of Martin and Adde keep things rock solid and guitarist Vic Zino impresses with crunchy riffs, fluid solos and spot on backing vocals.

The huge choruses keep on coming and 'Into Debauchery' and 'Guestlist' provide no let up. By the time we get to 'Wild Boys' we have Jocke asking us for even more vocal participation. "You're not tired are you?" he teases for the inevitable screamed "No!"

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Rounding off their set with new single and instant fan favourite 'Above The Law 'the band should be patting themselves on the back for an impressive show and while Buckcherry are too professional and too good to take an audience for granted they'll have to be on their toes.

A bit of friendly rivalry bodes well for this tour and I'll look forward to Hardcore Superstar's next move. So I say thank you for the music...





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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