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'Novocaine Hurricane'
(Independent Release)
Out Now

Luke 'Loki' Milne

Luke Loki Milne

stereo juggernaut

What do you get if you cross Murderdolls and HIM with The Birthday Massacre, Mindless Self Indulgence and a shit-tonne of UV lights and disco balls?

Probably a massive (albeit interestingly lit) argument about who's got the hottest female fans.

Actually, you might get Stereo Juggernaut if you're speaking solely from a musical perspective... and that's not a bad thing. The Alternative/Electro Punk four-piece from North London (who won Best New Band at the Pure Rawk Awards in 2011) are currently enjoying the fruits of their labour; the release of their EP 'Novocaine Hurricane' earlier in August of this year... which of course is available to both stream and download from the usual online music outlets.

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Listening to the self-produced and self-released five-track EP, it's clear to see why Stereo Juggernaut have rubbed shoulders on-stage with Orgy, Breed 77 and Acey Slade amongst others. I wasn't kidding when I drew references from some of Alt music's finest high-profile artists at the beginning of the article; Stereo Juggernaut seem to be taking their musical influences from some of the best in the game, and it's certainly not a bad thing.

Considering the EP is entirely self-generated, it sounds pretty slick – both in terms of production and music content. Each of the five tracks featured (listed in full at the foot of this article) heralds a healthy amount of musical evolution within Stereo Juggernaut's selected genre, and a different atmosphere emits from one track to the next while remaining a "variation on a theme" - not taking into account "Forgive Forget", which houses an obviously contrasting "candy-coated" electro feel when held in comparison to the fairly punked-up tracks that surround it.

In spite of what I felt were some fairly obvious song-writing influences (I'd recommend 'Be Yours' for your dose of HIM-esque choruses crossed with Murderdolls' style verses, 'Jones' if you'd rather leave HIM out of it entirely(!) or take on 'Rotten Luck' for some MSI-style guitar and synth progressions), 'Novocaine Hurricane' manages to maintain a somewhat distinct vibe that has an energised, modern-meets-retro feel.

Honestly speaking? Although the cover art is (in my opinion) somewhat lacking in artistic flair, Stereo Juggernaut present 'Novocaine Hurricane' as a musically sound EP that delivers an electro-punk mash-up beset with a slick, sharp and sexy feel throughout. Each track brings something new to the table, and while it's true that the more astute listeners may be able to pick the EP apart into individual components (or musical influences), it's delivered with enough fresh personality to remain respectably unique in it's own right and comfortable enough among modern acts of a similar ilk.

Not bad for a band that's only been on the circuit for three years!


Stereo Juggernaut will be performing live at O2 Academy Islington on Sunday 30th November.





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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