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6th September 2012


Iranian thrash Metallers 5GRS have recently announced a new line up and posted video footage online. The video can be seen at the bottom of this page. The band made this statement: "We are proud to announce new members to the camp. Sanam5049 - Vocal, Yashar Mojtahedzadeh - Drums, Faraz Jabbari - Bass and Arastoo Hanafi - Guitar. The change is something we had to do in order to keep 5GRS a live playing entity!"

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"I started 5grs in 2004 ,and during these years I have worked with many musicians, but most of the time it didn't work at all, and I always looking for some stable guys to work with as a real band.

"When I was starting the third album I had met Yashar and Faraz and after a side project which was a cover band named Night Crawlers, I found that our attitude is so close together and we decided to work together in 5GRS.

"Meanwhile we confirmed the first Persian Metal festival in Armenia and Sanam who was the studio singer and the second oldest member decided to sing for this festival for the first time upon the stage, and finally Arastoo joined us as the lead guitarist and I hope we can work together for a long time and I hope we can get what we deserve," guitarist Pooyan Madadi commented.

"After working with some other bands, I've finally decided to join 5GRS, and the main reason was not necessarily their music but their perseverance and their approach to this music, which was totally amazing, and that was exactly what I was looking for. You can feel a great and cool atmosphere in this band and I am sure with this attitude we can set our bar and goal higher and higher in the near future," the band's new drummer Yashar Mojtahedzadeh stated.

5GRS is an Iranian Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal Bands formed in 2004 in Tehran by Pooyan Madadi, the band's lead guitarist and composer with their discremenating factor being the first Metal band in Iran benefiting from a female lead vocal.

5GRS are:
Sanam5049: Vocal
Pooyan Madadi: Guitar
Yashar Mojtahedzadeh: Drums
Faraz Jabbari: Bass
Arastoo Hanafi: Guitar



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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