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Bar Bloc, Glasgow
2nd June 2016

Ian Sutherland

ian sutherland

nasty little lonely

Bristol rockers Nasty Little Lonely don't head north of the border very often so when they announced they were playing Glasgow's cosy Bar Bloc venue I made sure I would be there as I've been impressed by their patented brand of post punk noise rock on their releases to date and especially their recently released album, 'Rack And Ruin', reviewed here.

Crammed on to a tiny stage area, minimal soundcheck time, a stand in drummer and a set sandwiched inbetween two more local bands meant that I thought this might not be the best opportunity for them to shine, but I didn't need to worry. From the stop, start power of opening song 'Doubtbox' they somehow managed to conjure a deep, bass heavy sound as if from nowhere.

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The samples which are part of their overall vibe were present but it was the live instruments which got to shine. The aforementioned deputising drummer Martin Grech was precise enough to make things flow properly but showed real power in his approach to the material and if you didn't know he wasn't their usual beat keeper you would never have guessed.

Guitarist Ben Fisher conjured up some remarkable soundscapes through the show, such as on the angular discordant shapes of 'Throw Me A Bone' Never less than fascinating to watch he does tend to spend a fair amount of time facing away from the audience which is a shame as his brooding intensity and unusual style is worth seeing.

Driving on that deep bass groove Charlie Beddoes is deceptively restrained while playing with real intensity and providing vocals which can sound sweet, almost like a post apocalypse Wendy James but as shown on the super heavy groove of 'Pound Of Flesh' there is a much harder edge there too.

The crowd is pulled in by both the quality of the material and the deft groove which is displayed among all the clanking, grinding sub industrial stomp but all too soon it's time for set closer 'Lick By Lick' which wraps things up with a vibe of tightly controlled chaos somehow.

A really impressive set from this Bristol three piece in the circumstances. I think they really just need a break somewhere along the line so people see and hear them and they start building some real momentum. I would love to see them on bigger stages than this and I hope that comes sooner rather than later.

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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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