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Release Date: 29th April 2016

Ian Sutherland

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long distance calling

German progressive rockers Long Distance Calling started life as an instrumental rock band in 2007 but from 2012 on they have experimented with stretching their musical vision to include some vocals, even going so far as to have singer Martin Fischer as a permanent member of the band. Fischer recently left but Norwegian Petter Carlsen has been recruited to provide vocals on this, their fifth full length release.

Carlsen has a fine, strong melodic voice and acquits himself well on the songs he takes part in. Long Distance Calling don't really stick to a tried and trusted formula and the variety in their song writing is one of their strong points. So you can go from the epic rock sound of 'Reconnect' with their Norwegian guest making the most of the big chorus in the song to the gentle Anathema like passages in 'Rewind' and 'Plans' which work well in contrast.

On the tracks with lead vocals everything comes together best on the progressive metal vibes of 'Lines', perfectly melding Carlsen's vocals with some delicate touches of guitar before building into frantic yet controlled riff driven sections.

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Of course Long Distance Calling made their name as an instrumental band and this inevitably is an album of two halves. The instrumental tracks vary in style too. They can go from the measured rock of 'Getaway' which has a catchy enough hookline to get picked up as a tv theme tune to the dreamy 'Presence' with its spoken section.

The level of their ambitions in making instrumental rock music is shown in album closer 'Flux' which is twelve minutes plus of beautifully put together passages, building from a gentle start through various progressive and even slightly jazzy phases to a rousing guitar fuelled climax before another deep and maybe meaningful spoken section takes it to the end.

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I am sure for many fans these instrumental tracks are a big part of the appeal of the band. However, for me the tracks with vocals are so good I am always slightly disappointed that vocals don't come in on the instrumental compositions which really deserve to be filled out into full songs in my opinion. A band with a different vision then and maybe an acquired taste but there is some seriously tasty and powerful prog rock on here for anyone interested in the genre.

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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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