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Words and Interview: Andy Rawll
13th February 2018

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Grounded for almost seventeen years, having been left 'Starkers in Tokyo' by Squadron Leader Coverdale, the Flying Dutchman retrieved his wings in 2014 with the soaring, full-throttle hard rock return of the Moonkings' debut album.

Now, three years on, Adje is back with a turbo-charged new album ('MK2') released by Mascot Label Group in November, and ready to reach for the skies of Europe with their first live dates of 2018, touching down first in London on Saturday 17th February.

MetalTalk's Andy (rock'n') Rawll met up with the man from the mountain (as his surname translates from Dutch) to get the low-down on the new album, find-out more about his parallel profession as a graphic artist, his dedication to his local football team FC Twente, his enduring friendship with TC DC and plans for the future.

Here's the conversation in full:

You can listen to what we thought about 'MK2' on MetalTalk's innovative You Spin Me Round reviews radio show right here:

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"Sonically, there's very little to connect this raw and raucous album with the MTV penthouse sheen of Whitesnake at their priapic height. And it's all the better for it.

"The riffs are heavy, the vocals raunchy and there's a spicy variety of pace and groove throughout the album. Best of all, Adje's writing skills remain as eloquent as ever as does his powerful, yet melodic guitar style. This is exactly what a heavy, blues rock album should sound like."

Tale From The Crypt: Click here for the review of the debut album with interview with Mark Taylor.

Upcoming tour dates:
17th February: The Underworld Camden, London, United Kingdom
10th March: Concertzaal De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium
2nd April: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
13th April: Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
14th April: Turock, Essen, Germany

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If the prospect of seeing a platinum-certified member of rock guitar royalty up close and personal wasn't enough, those cheeky moonkys have let the leonine-haired cat out of the bag and confirmed that Inglorious frontman Nathan James will indeed be joining them on stage as guest vocalist at their gig at the Camden Underworld on 17th February.

Not only that, there's a strong undercard with popular Bloodstock debutants SwitchBlade City with their scything hard rock groove and Gypsy Heart opening in unplugged mode with guest guitarist Danny De La Cruz and fronted by the towering blues voice of Heather Leoni. Don't forget it's early doors (6.00pm) and early finish (10.00pm) at the Underworld on Saturday.

Mr James certainly is hot-property right now. Following triumphant shows with Inglorious, supporting Steel Panther on their tour of large theatres including the Apollos at Manchester and Hammersmith, it's just been announced that he'll be stepping up a further level and joining the cast of Jeff Wayne's 'War Of The Worlds'' 40th anniversary extravaganza in November for shows at the largest indoor venues in the land, including the O2 Arena in London.

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As The Voice Of Humanity, he gets to sing the fantastic song 'Thunder Child' that's the centre-piece of Wayne's Worlds. If anyone can step into the shoes of master vocalist Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earthband), who sang the original version on the album, with such feeling and power, it's that man Nathan.

MetalTalk will catch-up with Nathan soon to find out what else we can expect during the ensuing nine month pre-Wars gestation period and for news about release plans for any of the sessions that Bernie Marsden confirmed they completed last year at Abbey Road.


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