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By Guest Reviewer Roger Berzerk Fauske
9th May 2013

Fortunately the days are long gone when music and Norwegian in the same sentence meant nil points or burning churches. And Audrey Horne leave that memory even further in the past.

The boys from Bergen took The Underworld by storm on their first UK tour as headliners. Whilst not full, the turnout was encouraging enough on a Thursday night and those that stayed at home will just have to learn to live with missing it.

With vocalist Toschie patrolling the stage with all the swagger of a marauding Viking, the band launched into 'Redemption Blues' and it took all of thirty seconds to know they meant business. 'Bridges And Anchors', from the 2010 release 'Audrey Horne', had more impact than Thor swinging his hammer and included Toschie doing his customary singing through a megaphone.

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The twin guitar attack of Arve Isdal and Thomas Tofthagen is reminiscent of the great Lizzy in their prime, with both taking lead duties. The rhythm section of Bassist Espen Lien and drummer Kjetil Greve is tighter than meatloaf in spandex. They are a good band, a damn good band.

Naturally enough the bulk of the set was lifted from their new album, 'Youngblood'. Aside from redemption blues, the title track, 'Show And Tell', 'There Goes A Lady', 'Cards With The Devil' and 'Pretty Little Sunshine' were all given the live treatment.

Even the inconvenience of bass and guitar amp going south temporarily didn't dampen the evening – it just gave Toschie the chance to practice his stand up routine. All I will say is it involved a mercedes, fur coat, slippers and a dildo (I will leave it up to you to put all the pieces together) plus a commendable scottish accent. An impromptu drum solo from Kjetil, comedic comment from Espen asking "if there were any adults in the audience who could fix this stuff" and the band were off again, amps restored to their former glory.

As if to prove the point, Espen launched into the glorious bass intro to 'Threshold' (from their 2007 outing 'Le Fol') and Toschie spent most of the song in with the audience. This band is all about equality though so during the next song, the rousing 'Blaze Of Ashes', Arve, Thomas and Espen did their bit for crowd control and rocked away with the audience. If Kjetil could have dragged his drums off stage he would have been in there with them.

As Toschie pointed out, whilst comparing touring with a few of the... errrmmm... well documented Viking pastimes, all good things come to an end. Cue 'This Ends Here' from 'Youngblood', a piece of rock that couldn't be any more classic. Except... it didn't end here and the band had time for one last rendition, 'Straight Into Your Grave'.

Along with everyone else, I left happy, fulfilled and optimistic about the state of Rock. Norwegians generally have fun and Audrey Horne took it to a whole new level. They have been a hidden gem for too long but given the sheer musical brilliance of 'Youngblood' and the live shows, you get the feeling that is about to change. Finally everyone has sat up and taken notice.



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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