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'Unholy Savior'
(Nuclear Blast Records)
Release Date: 9th January 2015

scott adams

battle beast

Powermad Finns Battle Beast are back and, it has to be said, sounding better than ever. 'Unholy Savior' (sic) is their third full-length effort and after the disappointment of second album 'Battle Beast', the pressure was definitely on guitarist Anton Kabanen and company to deliver the goods here.

They've certainly done that. Unholy Savior is a satisfyingly "complete" sounding album, an album where all the bits of greatness the band has hinted at in the past find themselves being woven together with satisfyingly high impact.

Personally I felt the big drawback of the last album was the vocal performance of Noora Louhimo, who I felt failed to adequately replace the first album's vocalist Nitte Valo in terms of power and personality.

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Well, those misgivings have been firmly dismissed on '...Savior'... opening the album in a sultry fashion reminiscent of the Metal Queen Lee Aaron herself, Louhimo reaches top gear quickly unleashing a truly magnificent scream at the end of the title track which is nothing less than an affirmation that she's finally arrived as this band's rightful vocalist. It's a magnificent performance, and she keeps it up throughout the album.

There's more variety on this album, too. The band no longer seem to feel bound to put the pedal to the Metal all the time, occasionally easing off the gas and giving rein to their eighties fantasies with predictably encouraging (for this reviewer at least) results.

'Sea Of Dreams', despite its faux-Celtic, Nightwishesque intro, actually sounds like something Roxette might have come up with (and that's no bad thing in my book); at least until the end of the song, that is, when Louhimo unleashes those formidable pipes again and hits the song right out of the park – absolutely spine tingling stuff!

After that excursion into semi-wimpdom, the explosion of Metal that is 'Speed And Danger' sounds even heavier than it probably is. The song sounds like the sort of thrashy Metal Judas Priest were experimenting with around the time of 'Ram It Down', especially the frantic soloing of Kabanen who manages to sound like both Glenn Tipton and KK Downing in the space of about four bars – no mean feat!

The parping keyboard solo by Janne Bjorkroth adds a bit of light relief before he and Kabanen then attempt to out-Stratovarius Stratovarius in a deliriously over the top instrumental break. All Heavy Metal life is here!

'Touch In The Night' has an even more ludicrously eighties intro, sounding like something Laura Brannigan – or even Samantha Fox - might have released, before easing into an easy Euro Pop groove where Noora is allowed to highlight the softer side of her vocal range. It's cheesy as all hell, but somehow it works, and it's here that the true value to the Battle Beast blueprint of Louhimo is revealed – Nitte Valo could never (would never?) have sung this little gem.

So there you have it – easily Battle Beast's most appealing and enjoyable outing yet, though songs like 'Touch In The Night' are sure to lose them some of their more hardcore Metallic following.

'Unholy Savior' finds the band finally finding their true niche, and sounding all the more impressive for it.

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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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