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'Black Ocean Waves'
(Own Label)
Out Now

scott adams

king giant

Housed in a sleeve that automatically spark connections with pomp-rock legends Kansas (in my mind at least) with its seafaring motif and classically Americana-infused style, 'Black Ocean Waves', the third full-length outing from Virginian metallians King Giant is actually an utterly nerve-jangling exercise in the dark and the depressive, as far removed as it's possible to be from the originators of 'Dust In The Wind' whilst still notionally operating in the same heavy rocking genre.

Despite hovering on the depressive side of the tracks, the music of King Giant is actually strangely appealing; a heavy, dirgy simplicity underpins much of what they do, the band never overcomplicating when straight up bludgeon will suffice.

That said, guitarists Todd Ingram and David Kowalski are no slouches, their playing on tracks like the excellent 'Red Skies' in particular being a delight to listen to, Kowalski providing the wall of sound upon which Ingram lays down some rather nifty aural graffiti.

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And then there's vocalist Dave Hammerly, a man with a neat line in stentorian bellowing, who comes across as equal parts Glenn Danzig and Sponge mainman Vinnie Dombroski (with a smidge of the Raygun Girls' enigmatically-monikered Geoff layered over the top), and who dominates proceedings with an impressive performance that gives the band at times prosaic sonic assault a real point of difference.

On 'Trail Of Thorns' he excels himself, delivering an energetic, compelling performance that is again admirably supported by some fine lead work from Ingram.

Despite most of the songs being short, sharp caustic attacks on the senses (only a couple of tracks exceed the six minute mark) there's an undoubted air of the epic about 'Black Ocean Waves'; The grasp of dynamics displayed throughout by KG is top-drawer, enabling the band to cover more ground in five minutes than many so-called "progressive" titans can manage in songs three times the length, and that lends an air of urgency and excitement to everything featured here.

Whilst BOW is probably just a couple of songs short of "classic" status, it ain’t far away, and there's certainly plenty here for fans of meaty, cerebral riffage to get their teeth into.

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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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