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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

THE ENID
'Dust'
Out Now
PLUS VIDEO INTERVIEWS WITH ROBERT JOHN GODFREY AND JOE PAYNE


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Forty years after releasing their debut album, 'In The Region Of The Summer Stars', seminal progressive band The Enid have just released their most ambitious and accessible album to date which harks the dawn of a new beginning.

'Dust' is the last of a trilogy of albums which follow 2010s 'Journey's End' and 'Invicta' from two years later. 'Dust' is also the swansong album for founding member Robert John Godfrey who is retiring from full time duties after being diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's.

But Godfrey is leaving his band in very safe hands as each member stamps their own unique identity all over this bedazzling album. Those new to The Enid, think Queen recording an album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Vocalist Joe Payne has a similar voice to Freddie Mercury yet is even more dainty and fragile and protected by the bombastic orchestral sounds that surround him.

Despite being labelled a progressive rock band The Enid have always worked under a punk ethic, unafraid to push the boundaries regardless of commercial appraisal.

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Lyrically the album touches on the diametric opposites of wealth and poverty, secular and sacred, environment and consumerism with love being the overriding message.

Payne's character really shines on the album's stand out track '1000 Stars' where the lyrics includes words taken from politicians in the lead up to the 2015 elections.

'Dust' certainly gets my vote and is an album full of fresh ideas that will keep it's promise.

Mark spoke to vocalist Joe Payne and composer Robert John Godfrey about 'Dust' at the Sanctum Hotel in London.








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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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