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  CHTHONIC APPEAR AS GUESTS OF HONOUR AT TAIWANESE PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME
12th July 2013

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The second season of professional baseball in Taiwan kicked off on July 5th 2013, with Chthonic throwing the ceremonial first pitch thanks to a personal invitation from local team, Brother Elephant.

The crowd responded with screams and cheers as Chthonic, something of a national treasure in their home country, walked on to the field wearing baseball uniforms specially designed for the occasion.

To warm up the excitable crowd, Chthonic performed a very special version of the Queen classic, 'We Are The Champions'.

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Chthonic band leader and bassist Doris reveals: "At first, we wanted to do 'Take Me Out To The Ball Game', but all the variations that we tried just sounded like children's songs, so we decided to work on 'We Are The Champions' instead."

Guitarist Jesse adds: "It took us a week to rearrange the song, and the end product and the feedback from the audience were beyond our expectations. Maybe we should release it as a single?!"

When asked who pitched the best, keyboard player CJ pointed to Doris: "Even baseball star and national team player, Peng Cheng-min, said that Doris pitched better than any of the other guests of honour!"

"I guess I can say that I've played in the professional league now I've thrown the first pitch," laughs frontman Freddy, a loyal baseball fan who once served as administrator for Brother Elephant's fan page. "This is something I wouldn't even have imagined in my dreams!"

Chthonic's new studio album, 'Bu-Tik', is available now via Spinefarm, and the video for 'Supreme Pain For The Tyrant' can be viewed here:



A full UK tour is currently being planned for autumn 2013.







WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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