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  23rd February 2010


Progressive rockband Mangrove and drummer Joost Hagemeijer have ended their collaboration after a common conclusion was reached that productive co-operation was not possible anymore.

Manager Henri Heijink said: "It was a far reaching decision for us all, but in the end an inevitable one. The band is striving for further growth and we are convinced that no musical challenge in whatever form it could appear may be ruled out. The foundation for that is an absolute commitment of the complete band."

The remaining bandmembers Roland van der Horst (guitars, vocals), Pieter Drost (bass) and Chris Jonker (keyboards) are pleased to announce that all scheduled gigs will take place as planned.

During the upcoming series of gigs in May drummer Remco Engels will be behind the drumkit. Remco has many years of experience in different bands and is most of all known for his drumming in 'Genesis Project' and the symphonic/progressive coverband 'Knight of the Progs'.

Chris Jonker: "Recently we witnessed Remco's drumming when he performed with 'Knight of the Progs'. We were impressed by his playing of the drums and his enthusiastic way of performing. I am sure that he will be able to add a tremendous value to the Mangrove live shows."

During the theatre show on 21st of May in the 'Gigant' venue (Apeldoorn, NL) drummer Aldert Glass has offered his availability. The foundation of his own school for drums and percussion called 'Multipercussion' ( was based upon his passion for these instruments.

Aldert is very experienced in the music business: he did instruction for many different percussion groups, he was drummer and percussionist in many Big Bands and Jazz ensembles and he is regularly employed as a freelance percussionist in classical orchestras and in accompaniment of musicals.

Drummers interested in auditioning for the permanent position shoud contact the band at

Last year Mangrove released the critically acclaimed new album 'Beyond Reality'. Besides the other mentioned concerts the band is headlining 'De Boerderij' venue in Zoetermeer (NL) with a special show on 20th November 2010.

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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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