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Scottish six piece band Preacher have been making quite a name for themselves with their stunning live shows and exquisite studio recordings. Hailing from Glasgow and Ayr, the band have managed to successfully blend the straightforward elements of melodic and classic rock along with subtle hints of David Bowie and Pink Floyd thrown in for good measure.

They released their debut album, 'Signals' in 2014 which paid homage to the classic conceptual approach of crafting an album based around a single theme as championed by bands such as Pink Floyd, Yes, and King Crimson.

'Aftermath' is the band's second album and they celebrated its release with a home town show at the Glasgow ABC in front of a packed crowd, the first unsigned band to ever do so! As with 'Signals', the new album has a good mix or classic rock tracks along with the obvious influence of Progressive rock thrown in there too.

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Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Larry Primrose, the album is a collection of well written and expertly performed tracks that don't rush along but takes a more sedate pace. Title track 'Aftermath' for example meanders along but still retains the interest of the listener throughout. The track owes something of a debt to 'Echoes' by Pink Floyd where the mid section is concerned, but this doesn't detract from the track at all. The keyboards of Arny Burgoyne are very much in there background leaving there guitar of Greg Murphy to take centre stage, and believe me, Murphy gets all the credit he deserves with a real tour de force performance. Let's not forget Martin Murphy's vocals, however, which are both sublime and expertly matched too.

This is followed by 'Welcome To The Fray' which has drummer Iain Duncan laying down a solid beat but once again it's Greg Murphy's guitar that dominates here with several well played solo sections in what is ultimately another slow paced but interesting number. Duncan comes to the fore again in the intro to 'War' with some militaristic drumming before the subtle addition of Burgoyne's keyboards in what becomes another laid back affair.

'Hold On' begins as a showcase for front man Martin Murphy with some simple backing from the keyboards. It's a subtle vocal performance that has a hint of David Bowie's influence in his voice and phrasing but it's an incredible performance from him once again. The electric guitar is given a break and is reduced to the background for most of the track with what sounds like some great slide work. The pace and volume both pick up half way through, and it's not long before Greg Murphy's back in the spotlight for his guitar solo which is very much an "icing on the cake" moment as far as I'm concerned.

'Vinyl' is more of the faster tempo numbers here with the lyrics reminiscing about the golden age of vinyl records, which seems to be returning to fashion recently. It's Burgoyne's keyboards that create the colour here with the lead guitar held back once again. In between the verses and choruses there are long instrumental spaces making this another thoroughly enjoyable track.

Of course there was bound to be an acoustic based number here somewhere and it seems like album closer 'Always' could be the one before the jaunty keyboard and drums kick in. It's another slow paced number that gives Martin Murphy another chance to shine. Nothing feels rushed here and the song belies its six minutes plus length as it scarcely seems that long for such an enjoyable number and a great end to the album. At the end of the day, If you like a bit of Prog then this album certainly should have a place in your record collection and if not then you're certainly missing out on a gem of an album.

'Aftermath' Tracklisting:
Welcome To The Fray
Hold On
War Reprise

Preacher are:
Martin Murphy – Vocals/Guitar
Greg Murphy – Guitar
Ron Rodgers – Acoustic Guitar
Arny Burgoyne – Keyboards
Gordon Munro – Bass Guitar
Iain Duncan – Drums
Angela Bell – Backing Vocals
Kerry WcWhinnie – Backing Vocals

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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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