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King Company: 'One For The Road'
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brian boyle
Brian Boyle

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To the average rock fan, identifying the members of 'supergroup' King Company may be a tad tricky but to enthusiasts of Finnish rock music their names need no introduction.

Containing members of Thunderstone, Children Of Bodom and Northern Kings to name a few, it's the brainchild of drummer Mirka 'Leka' Rantanen. Originally named No Man's Land, they've combined their shared love of classic melodic rock that's laden with a cacophony of addictive hooks and potent riffage.

I must admit to approaching 'supergroups' with a large amount of trepidation. If it comes off, it can be pure ecstasy, Velvet Revolver, The Travelling Wilburys and of course, Cream are prime examples of that. But unfortunately, that's not always the case. Who remembers Contraband?

No such worries here as opener and title track 'One More For The Road' unleashes itself. Drawing influences from classic rock kingpins such as Whitesnake and Rainbow, the tune gives more than a nod and a wink to Deep Purple's Highway Star. It's easy to forget that these boys have spent the majority of their careers hammering out progressive and power Metal to loyal and knowledgeable followers.

While the hardened purist might not warm to the radio friendly tones of 'Shining' and 'In Wheels Of No Return', you can't deny that they sound like the work of a band who have been blasting this stuff out for years.

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But in fairness, their Metal gene isn't totally left on the backburner; 'Coming Back To Life', 'Farewell' and the insanely addictive 'Wings Of Love' do give off a salivating growl thanks to some serious fret magic from Antti 'Eversti' Wirman. But the real money shots on the record lie in the quality of the ballads; the heavyweight 'No Man's Land' packs a serious nostalgic punch. However, it's dwarfed in comparison to a towering 'Cast Away', penned by keyboardist Jari Pailamo; the monster chorus led by supreme vocalist Pasi Rantanen will stop you in your tracks.

While they may be risking the wrath of the die-hard Metal community, King Company must be admired for their self-indulgence. While it's safe and predictable in parts, you have to say that there are not many bands in the whole of the Metal genre that would have the balls to take a softer route. So don't be expecting members of the Big Four of thrash to join up for a Mongolian jazz album.

Track List:
One For The Road
In Wheels Of No Return
Coming Back To Life
No Man's Land
Wings Of Love
Cast Away
Holding On
One Heart

King Company are:
Pasi Rantanen-Vocals
Antti 'Eversti' Wirman-Guitars
Jari Pailamo-Keyboards
Time Schleifer-Bass
Mirka "Leka" Rantanen-Drums

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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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