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29th August 2011

johnny newman damages

Composer and guitarist Johnny Newman began an aspiring project when he hired Metal legends Steve DiGiorgio (Sebastian Bach, Iced Earth, Death) and Yanic Bercier (Gone in April, Quo Vadis) for his upcoming album 'More Than Ever'. With his talent, he is now looking to make his mark in the fight against human trafficking.

Newman's single 'Damages', featuring mezzo soprano Ksenia Berestovskaya, is a highly aggressive and driving composition. And while it does feature numerous meter changes and some of Yanic's most technical drumming to date, the song is still accessible in its vocal melodies and compositional layout.

It is this balance, along with its vocal content, that has brought Newman to release this single with 100% of the proceeds going towards the Community Coalition Against Human-Trafficking (CCAHT).

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Having worked with trafficking victims, the CCAHT additionally provides training and awareness for the community and focuses on making it harder to traffick in East Tennessee. Newman became involved with the coalition in 2009 when he raised money through his concert with the University of Tennessee Studio Orchestra for Not For Sale, a national organization that seeks to re-abolish slavery. He has since become passionate about making a difference in this fight and is using his music to do so.

"It's a real tragedy when the freedom we so take for granted is taken away in the name of drugs and prostitution," said Newman.

"We really hope to make a difference here in Tennessee with this single."

'Damages' is currently available for digital download on iTunes, Rhapsody, and Amazon MP3 and will soon be followed by the album 'More Than Ever' this September.

DiGiorgio and Bercier are featured on bass and drums throughout, the record was engineered and mixed by Bercier at WaveTransform Recording Studio, and mastered by Tom Morris (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Steve Morse, Beyonce) at Morrisound.



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.

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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