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  QUARTZ 'STAND UP AND FIGHT' TO BE RE-RELEASED ON METAL MIND
26th August 2010

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Metal Mind Productions presents Quartz - one of the first bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal era.

Their albums showcased the true essence of late 1970s/early 1980s metal, delivering a stunning mixture of brilliant guitar riffs and passionate vocals. The group's second opus 'Stand Up And Fight' is to this day considered as their most stellar work, reminding the modern listener what real metal should sound like...

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The band was formed around 1974 in Birmingham, UK. The first line-up consisted of Mike Taylor (vocals), Mick Hopkins (guitar), Malcolm Cope (drums), Geoff Nicholls (guitar) and Derek Arnold (bass).

In 1976 the group signed to Jet Records. The label sent them out on tour with AC/DC and Black Sabbath, which turned out to be very fruitful for the band, as Sabbath's tour manager Albert Chapman agreed to take them under his wing.

Also Tony Iommi became a huge fan of Quartz and insisted on producing their debut album, which the band recorded between 1976 and 1977.

With their self-titled debut release Quartz joined the ranks of groups such as Def Leppard and Diamond Head, proving that metal can be faster and more aggressive.

Unfortunately, in 1979 Geoff Nicholls left to join Black Sabbath, with whom he stayed until 2004. Quartz continued to play as a four-piece.

In 1980 the band moved to a bigger label - MCA - where they released their second LP called 'Stand Up And Fight'.

The album brought an excellent blend of Sabbath-like riffs with upbeat hard rock. Quartz managed to write some of their heaviest material ever which proved the group's extreme talent and brilliant songwriting skills.

The album was produced by Derek Lawrence, known from working with Angel and Deep Purple on some of their early records including their debut 'Shades of Deep Purple' from 1968.

After a string of live shows Quartz returned to the studio to record their third offering 'Against All Odds' (1983). Sadly, in the same year the group disbanded because of their irreconcilable differences.

This exclusive re-issue of Quartz?s classic album 'Stand Up And Fight' brings back the true essence of NWOBHM, captured in these eight amazing tracks. The new digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies and contains a bonus track.

Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. The release date is scheduled for 6th September in Europe and 9th November in USA (via MVD).

Quartz: 'Stand Up And Fight' (remastered + bonus track)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1372 DG
Barcode: 5907785036130
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: NWOBHM
Release date: 06.09.2010 Europe / 9.11.2010 USA

Tracklist:

1. Stand Up And Fight
2. Charlie Snow
3. Can't Say No To You
4. Revenge
5. Stoking Up The Fires Of Hell
6. Rock'n'roll Child
7. Questions
8. Wildfire

Bonus track:
9. Circles



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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