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Islington Assembly Hall
Sunday 21st February 2016

Steve Göldby

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Photo credit: Stephen Fourie

You've got to take your hat off to Inglorious. They've only been formed since February 2014 and there surely is no other band who have created a buzz like this on the rock scene in such a short time.

This gig was the opening night of the self titled debut album launch tour and as you can see from our review here, 'Inglorious' is already headed towards being one of the albums of 2016. Tonight underlined exactly why.

Main support tonight came from youngster Ali Clinton, who along with Inglorious frontman Nathan James, is an alumni of Uli Jon Roth's band. He and his young band set the scene with a concise set of heavy blues with a grunge twist showing exactly why his prodigious talent has been recognised at an early age.

But what's that buzz? I'll tell you what's happening – Inglorious are in the house and this gig had built up the sort of hype rarely seen these days, but from the moment the first notes of 'Until I Die' rang out the newcomers delivered an impressive and accomplished set that ticked all the right boxes.

We heard every track from the debut album apart from 'Wake' and as good as they are on the album they really shine live, with highlights being the epic 'Bleed For You' and 'Holy Water', the latter sounding like a lost Bad Company track.

Photo credit: John Bull

A very fast and upbeat cover of Rainbow's 'I Surrender', Toto's 'Goodbye Girl' and the magnificent and brilliantly executed 'Lay Down Stay Down' showed exactly where Inglorious are placing themselves on the spectrum. To their credit, they are open about their influences and musical motivations and anyone with a love of classic hard rock will enjoy Inglorious immensely.

"Retro" might be a fair way to describe them as although their sound is not totally original or ground breaking, what they do is faultless and their potential is huge. They've taken that classic rock sound and dragged it into the modern day and the result is, well, just glorious.

Vocalist Nathan James is a truly excellent frontman and knows exactly how to engage the crowd. He resigned from the multi gazillion selling Trans Siberian Orchestra to concentrate on Inglorious and that statement in itself demands that you give this band a listen. I think his decision will turn out to be more than justified.

All the other band members are clearly up for the task and relishing every minute. They gel extremely well together and look like they've been together for decades.

Definitely 2016s band to watch out for. The future is bright and the possibilities are exciting and if you're still unaware, 2016 should be Inglorious' year.

Until I Die
I Surrender (Rainbow cover)
High Flying Gypsy
Bleed For You
Goodbye Girl (Toto cover)
You're Mine
Holy Water
Lay Down Stay Down (Deep Purple cover)
Girl Gotta Gun


Inglorious are:
Nathan James: Vocals
Wil Taylor: Guitar
Andreas Eriksson: Guitar
Colin Parkinson: Bass
Phil Beaver: Drums

Remaining Tour Dates:
Friday 26th February: The Old Courts, Wigan
Saturday 27th February: Garage 2, Glasgow
Sunday 28th February: The Caves, Edinburgh
Monday 29th February: The Fruit, Hull

And here's the new Inglorious music video for 'Unaware':

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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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