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5th July 2013

the answer

The Answer are set to return in 2013 with a new single, 'Spectacular', available from 5th August and followed by a new studio album 'New Horizon' on 30th September 2013.

Keeping the beacon of Irish rock music well and truly alight, The Answer have consistently delivered commercial, and critically acclaimed albums. The band have toured the world extensively, proving themselves to be an incendiary live act – spending almost two years as main support to AC/DC and playing to over 2 million people, performing festivals across the globe and also supporting The Rolling Stones, Whitesnake and Wolfmother as well as countless headline tours.

Since their third studio album in late 2011, the band instigated a major shakeup in their circumstances and with new management, live booking agents and with new record label on board, late 2012 saw them enter the studio with ex Little Angels vocalist Toby Jepson at the production helm.

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The new record, 'New Horizon' will be their fourth studio album and with mixes from rock icon Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica), it will be released on September 30th 2013 through label Napalm Records GmbH in multiple formats soon to be announced.

To shorten the anticipatory wait for the upcoming album, The Answer are making available the single 'Spectacular' which features an exclusive radio mix of the song as well as an acoustic version of the album title track 'New Horizon' available on 7" vinyl and an acoustic version of the song 'Speak Now' available on the digital release.

Fans have the chance to purchase a rare and strictly limited vinyl single of 'Spectacular' released as a Sky Blue Vinyl 7" and a Green Vinyl 7", both exclusively available via You don't want to miss this great edition and soon to be a highly sought after collectible! If you are not fortunate enough to get one, you can obtain the single digitally through all of the major digital vendors.

The band were also honoured and privileged that the late Storm Thorgerson and his team designed the artwork for the new album/single and Storm was working on the album cover design just before his sad passing. In a statement released by Storm Studios, they said: "Never one for looking back or resting on his laurels Storm always got a thrill from working with young bands and from the idea of 'newness' in general.

"In his last few months Storm and the Storm Studios team threw ourselves wholeheartedly into many new projects and New Horizon was one of the last covers we designed together. As is our usual modus operandi, we interrogated the band at length about their music and lives, and listened to the album on repeat for a month. Our final designs were submitted to The Answer very shortly before Storm died. The image itself came from our thoughts about endings and new beginnings, very poignant for all concerned."

The Downpatrick quartet consists of Cormac Neeson (vocals), Paul Mahon (guitar), Micky Waters (bass) and James Heatley (drums) and their UK tour will kick off in Belfast on October 11th. Australian band Tracer will perform as very special guests on the UK mainland run in what promises to be one of the finest rock tours at the end of 2013.

11.10.13 UK - Belfast / Limelight 2
12.10.13 IR - Dublin / Whelans
17.10.13 UK - Manchester / Academy 3
18.10.13 UK - Wolverhampton / wulfrun Hall
19.10.13 UK - Leeds / Cockpit
20.10.13 UK - Sheffield / Corporation
22.10.13 UK - Glasgow / The Garage
23.10.13 UK - Newcastle / Academy
24.10.13 UK - Nottingham / Rescue Rooms
25.10.13 UK - London / Electric Ballroom
26.10.13 UK - Bristol / Thekla
27.10.13 UK - Brighton / Concorde 2
29.10.13 NL - Haarlem / Patronaat
30.10.13 NL - Hengelo / Metropol
31.10.13 BE - Antwerpen / Trix
01.11.13 DE - Köln / Luxor
02.11.13 DE - Weinheim / Café Central
03.11.13 DE - Saarbrücken / Kleiner Klub
05.11.13 FR - Strasbourg / La Laiterie
06.11.13 DE - Stuttgart / Universum
07.11.13 CH - Monthey / Pont Rouge
08.11.13 CH - Luzern / Schuur
09.11.13 CH - Winterthur / Gaswerk
10.11.13 AT - Dornbirn / Conrad Sohm
12.11.13 AT - Wien / Szene
13.11.13 DE - München / Strom
14.11.13 DE - Berlin / Magnet
15.11.13 DE - Weissenhauser / Metal Hammer Festival
16.11.13 NL - Zwolle / Hedon
17.11.13 NL - Den Bosch / W2
19.11.13 FR - Lyon / Le Transbordeur
20.11.13 ES - Barcelona / La2 Apolo
21.11.13 ES - Madrid / El Sol
22.11.13 ES - Zaragoza / TBC
23.11.13 ES - Bilbao / Kafe Antzokia
25.11.13 IT - Mailand / Bloom Club
26.11.13 IT - Rom / Circolo Degli Artisti
27.11.13 IT - Florenz / Viper Theatre
29.11.13 FR - Paris / Le Trabendo
30.11.13 UK - Pwllheli / Hard Rock Hell



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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