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Release Date: June 6th 2014

Ian Sutherland

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Tanzwut are a German medieval industrial band (yes you read that right) who over a fifteen year career have mixed rock and Metal and ska and punk with Celtic and medieval influences and gained a reputation as an exciting live band.

Singing in their native language; imagine if Rammstein added some home made bagpipes and a few jigs into their songs and you have some idea of where these guys have been musically.

Of course Tanzwut are not easily pigeon holed and over their career have varied the style and themes of their albums with their more recent offerings leaning more heavily towards the industrial side. I was looking forward to hearing this new album full of pounding Metal and wild bagpipes but unfortunately they have moved the goalposts again and retooled their line up to go totally medieval in style.

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This album sounds like the soundtrack to a medieval movie, lots of bagpipes and gentle rhythms and surprisingly musical vocals. It's sweet, and a little bit cool for a while but after a song or two it just becomes more of the same. None of the songs stand out or are particularly memorable.

Blackmores Night may not rock very much but their take on the medieval style is at least very song oriented but Tanzwut haven't managed the same trick. I can't really find a song which stands out or something to highlight where they could have done better other than to go back to their industrial/medieval mix.

I sometimes think that when bands change style as completely as Tanzwut have here that they should seriously think about not using the band name on it as it can be a bit misleading (eg 'The Score' by Epica is not really an Epica album to my ears) and 'Eslesmesse' is a medieval album with none of the fire of their rock and metal influenced releases which have gone before.

If you're someone that enjoys the sort of bands who play at medieval fayres etc then 'Eslesmesse' may be for you and the videos suggest that the live shows will still be fun but other than that it's not something I could recommend to rock or Metal fans. Check out their back catalogue instead.

Line up:
Teufel (vocals, bagpipe)
René (guitar)
Der Zwilling (bass, bagpipe)
Pyro (bagpipes)
Thrymr (bagpipes)
Shumon (drums)
Oually (keyboard, drums)


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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.


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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.

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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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