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Drummer Carl Canedy came to prominence in the early eighties as the driving force behind NYC Metal trio The Rods, a great band who supported many of the greats of the day without ever quite getting the attention or respect they deserved.

The Rods petered out and Canedy branched out into the world of production, becoming something of a "house" producer in the early days of thrash – you'll see his name on albums by Anthrax, Overkill, Exciter and Possessed, amongst many others – before seemingly disappearing from view as a new century dawned.

As is the way, The Rods reformed in 2011 and now here's Canedy with his first ever solo album, the appropriately-monikered 'Headbanger'. Old school heavy rock/Metal is the name of the game and, despite the preponderance of drum interludes, it's not a bad listen at all.

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Sensibly Canedy has drafted in some of his Metal mates to get the job done, with guitarist Chris Caffery (Savatage/Trans Siberian Orchestra) and vocalists Mark Tornillo (Accept/TT Quick) and Joe Comeau (Overkill, Annihilator) in particular catching the ear with their contributions.

Young ears will find this all a bit undemanding, but listeners of Canedy's vintage will find 'Headbanger' to be a pleasing listen, as the "band" veers between tuneful, US–styled hard rock in the vein of Y&T ('Heat Of The Night', marvellously sung by Tornillo) and heavier, Rodsesque stompers such as 'Ride Free' or 'Die' in enjoyable fashion.

This is all solid stuff, but the highlight for many will be the bonus track, 'The Code'. Why? Because it features the one and only Ronnie James Dio, and it's a corker, that's why. A crawling, stomping belter in the vein of Dio's 'Last In Line' era – but with better drumming, natch – 'The Code' is a true lost Heavy Metal classic and deserves to be heard by audiences far and wide.

As Canedy himself says in the album's booklet: "I've added 'The Code' as a bonus track. Ronnie, the greatest Metal singer of all time, singing one of my songs is truly the highlight of my career." – indulgent, maybe, but once you hear the song you'll be pleased Canedy decided to treat himself in such a way. It's a fine way to end a fine slab of honest, no frills Metal.

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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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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