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  IT'S BOMBS AWAY FOR INGLORIOUS
Inglorious: HMV, Birmingham
Monday 15th May 2017

Words: John Inglis, Pictures: Scott Clarke

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The evening's entertainment began with an unexpected incident in which a World War II bomb was discovered in the Birmingham area making travel to the HMV launch show difficult but not impossible for the dedicated fans of this great band who turned out to support their new album launch.

The session was a relaxed affair with smiles all around and it showed from the outset with lead singer Nathan James bantering with the crowd as soon as he entered and took his seat in the intimate venue. Penny, a lady from the audience, shouted out it was her birthday and in an impromptu surprise, Nathan led Inglorious on a sudden rendition of 'Happy birthday', just especially for the lucky girl.

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With pleasantries exchanged and the crowd eagerly wanting to hear the band, Inglorious launched into possibly their most famous song, 'Until I Die'. The acoustic rendition loses none of the impact of the original and got the crowd into the swing of things from the get go. This terrific opening was followed up by another classic from the first album in 'Breakaway', the usual super up-beat, high intensity number took on a new life in this performance.



Then things took a turn for the new when the band decided to play tracks from their latest release, 'II'. First came 'Read All About It' followed by 'Making Me Pay', both of which have already been previously made available online prior to the album's release to whet our appetites.

The audience lapped up what were typical Inglorious anthems and showed that if the rest of the album was anything to go by then it would be equally as excellent as their inaugural venture. The band then slipped back into the familiar with yet another classic from the debut album, 'Girl Got A Gun', followed by one final track from the new album, titled 'I Don't Need Your Loving', to finish off before proceeding to meet and greet with the awaiting supporters.

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Instruments and vocals all sounded superb. Nathan's vocals reached all the highs we are familiar with and Andreas' superb guitar solos were even more exceptional to behold as he played them on an acoustic guitar.

Colin's bass added punch and impact to all of the songs as did the elusive Phil Beaver, who is usually out of range on the drums, was pleasant company sitting atop a JuiceBox which he played expertly. The noticeable change being in the rhythm section where Drew Lowe replacing Wil Taylor, held his own quite comfortably.

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After the half hour set in the very warm, stifling store, every member of the band took the time to meet their fans, sign autographs, hand out posters and have their photos taken. This is the kind of interaction that will keep the fans always coming back for more, as nothing was too much trouble for any of them.

A genuine pleasant bunch of guys with a genuine talent that deserve to go far in this business.

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16th May 2017






WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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