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27th June 2011

slam cartel

"They got melodies the size of Texas, hooks that could catch a Great White... and an album that needs to be played really fucking loud while driving up the coast in a convertible sports car. Slam Cartel will be a force to be reckoned with."

Billy Morrison (Billy Idol, The Cult, Camp Freddy, Stimulator)

Praise indeed. But, for London based hard rock band Slam Cartel, it's not just about the music. Obviously they too are in thrall to the power of their own songs - and the fact they can count Billy Morrison and Russell Brand as fans is a bonus - but what really sets them apart is the pride and delight they take in delivering their killer combination of cuts, hooks and jabs to the solar plexus. Like the aural equivalent of a Peter Howson painting, all rippling muscles, taut sinew and striking tattoos, Slam Cartel are not to be argued with.

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Giles Van Lane (vocals), Marc Neudeck (bass), Tommy Hendriksen (guitar), Steve Campkin (drums), Adam Lee (keyboards, guitars) and principal songwriter, Terence Warville (guitar), have been together three years. United in their dedication to breathe new life into the cause of hard rock, their very first gig was played in a bikers bar and subsequent shows have included auspicious dates at the 100 Club, Scala and rock fest, Sonisphere, where they have recruited a battalion of loyal followers.

Their knockout debut album, Handful Of Dreams, is produced by George de Angelis (who, as Trevor Horn's right hand man, worked with Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and Pet Shop Boys) and was recorded at his Soniczoo Studios. Packed full of demon hooks, coruscating riffs, boss grooves, and rousing choruses, if the overall sound is somewhat reminiscent of legendary rock outfit, The Cult, you can also hear the shards and splinters of grandstanding influences, the Chilli Peppers, Guns n Roses and the Foo Fighters.

Largely written by guitarist Terence Warville (ex-Stimulator) in Ibiza, he and a mate found themselves sans TV and Internet one day and began the process of recording on mobile phones and Dictaphones. Using various buzzwords (faith, hope, unity) to inspire a feeling of transcendence, Handful Of Dreams soon became reality. "It took over a year to record the album," says Warville. "There was no rush - we were doing it because we enjoyed it and everything seemed very organic and not forced." Having toured in support of Motorhead and Anthrax with his previous band Stimulator, Warville describes the Slam Cartel firm as "amazing" and the writing and recording of Handful Of Dreams as his finest accomplishment.

From the opening rock press favourite, Wishing Eye, through the glorious title track and the inspired roughing up of Talking Heads' Once In A Lifetime, via the sophisticated balladry of Breathe to the schizoid Shine and penetrating Hold Me, all the way through the dark splendour of Free Again and the thunderous, stadium riffing of Mismatched Ties, Goldenstream and Powerstorm to the contemplative mood piece, Maybe Sometimes, and the surefire hit and vaguely Nirvana touched Sundown to the frankly outrageous orchestral sweep of Walk A Mile, Slam Cartel have carved out an hour's worth of enervating rock music for a new generation. For all the solid, traditional rock posturing, Handful Of Dreams showcases a sense of commercial scope and drama worthy, in all the right places, of Manic Street Preachers or Robbie Williams. No wonder they're exciting pundits stateside.

"Every now and then you get an album that absolutely blows you away - Handful Of Dreams is a killer debut album." Paul Anthony, Rock Radio.

Slam Cartel release their 13-track debut album, Handful Of Dreams, on 26th July through all digital formats. A tour in support of the album is in the planning stages but you can catch them at Sonisphere on July 8th in support of heavyweight metal merchants, Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.

Slam Cartel: See them, hear them, believe them.



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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