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The Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton
8th May 2016

Ian Sutherland: Photos by David Sarah

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I'm not sure what Italian symphonic metallers Kalidia thought the surroundings would be like when they signed up for their first UK tour but I'm sure The Giffard Arms, the last of their four host venues on the tour wasn't it.

A dedicated goth rock pub, it has lots of traditional British character like sticky carpets but also lots of skeletons hanging from the ceilings and a chair in the bar to rival the Iron Throne in Game Of Thrones. Exotic Italy it isn't, but it has a charm of it's own and is also hosting a mini festival in a small hall above the public bar.

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Stuck in the middle of today's line-up it's obvious that a large part of the crowd here have come to see Kalidia specifically and the biggest attendance of the day so far is gathered before the stage. Given the surroundings I was expecting a few sound problems to need working out but I was pleasantly surprised as from the start the sound was virtually perfect.

Focusing entirely on their self released debut album 'Lies' Device' the songs come to life in a live environment. Their kind of symphonic metal keeps it very melodic and the nice sound allows this to be replicated but Federico Paolini's guitar has an extra edge to it which gives everything more power.


The guitar is often the star of the show actually as his measured riffs and fluid lead lines impressed me throughout. The rhythm section of Roberto Donati on bass and mini powerhouse Dario Gozzi on drums is full of energy and not a little dexterity to keep things flowing along too.

Of course this is female fronted symphonic metal so the star quality of the singer is a major factor. Nicoletta Rosellini certainly ticks the boxes for looks and style but it was great to see her vocal performance is a plus too. She has a more restrained way of delivering a lyric than some of her contemporaries but there is plenty of power there too which sounds really good when she lets it out.


There is a natural charm there as well and in fact all of the band's infectious enthusiasm and obvious pleasure at being on stage came over really well and engaged their audience. There was the first bout of chanting and fist pumping of the day and a chorus of boos greeted the announcement they only had one song left to play.

Kalidia are a young band with a lot to learn but this performance showed they have a hell of a lot of promise and a way of connecting with their audience which bodes well for them as they mature as a band. They fully deserved the party shots I saw them downing later for having the guts to do this tour and doing it so well. I hope they come back again soon.

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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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