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tess of the circle

Oxfordshire based Tess Of The Circle first emerged with their 2013 debut album 'Thorns', an album that won plaudits which included Radio 2's Bob Harris as well as the promoters of the Glastonbury Festival, who booked the band to play an astonishing five sets at last year's event, but the album went largely unnoticed on the rock scene largely due to it's acoustic origins.

However that is about to change with their second album 'Amplify' which as the title suggests sees the band plugging in and turning up the volume in a refreshing album full of mature sounds and wholehearted lyrics.

Tess Of The Circle are named after their founder vocalist and multi instrumentalist Tess Jones. The Circle represents the musicians who work around him, including guitarist and mandolin player Lee Clifton.

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The album has a live and loose garage vibe flavoured with the sounds of Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam.

'Amplify' bursts open with the addictive rocker 'Love Is The Drug That You Crave'. The Led Zeppelin approach is felt with the good times, bad times zest of 'You Take Me Out Of My Head'.

The grungy ballad 'Believe (Into Her Arms)' has a soaring chorus reminiscent of Pearl Jam in their prime and that flavour continues with 'Digging At My Bones', complete with mandolin harmony.

There's a cauldron of sounds that embrace 'Amplify' with the gritty hypnotic grower 'Drowning Without You' and the breezy 'Summer Rain' which all make for an album that begs for repeated listens.

Stick Tess Of The Circle firmly on the list of "One's To Watch Out For".

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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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