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5th October 2011

johnny newman

Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in music composition, Johnny Newman never imagined that he'd have the opportunity to work with metal legends Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death, Sebastian Bach) and Yanic Bercier (Gone in April, Quo Vadis) on his first album 'More Than Ever'.

This 11 track symphonic Metal debut certainly has a unique quality to it with its technical, yet accessible, approach to instrumental writing. And while the instrumental writing may seem straightforward on top, there is much more going on beneath the surface.

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The 24 year old composer/guitarist from Kodak, TN began production on the album in January 2010 originally with a simple lineup; himself and Bercier. "When I learned that Yanic had worked with Steve DiGiorgio on the Quo Vadis album Defiant Imagination," Newman said, "we did everything in our power to get Steve on our record, and it worked."

Not only did Newman get to work one on one with DiGiorgio at WaveTransfrom Recording Studio, he also hired Omsk, Russia native Ksenia Berestovskaya as a guest vocalist on this primarily instrumental record. Newman commented; "While the instrumental music is my primary focus, we really wanted to have a few songs with vocals to keep things interesting."

This power trio of Newman, DiGiorgio, and Bercier beneath a string orchestra has an immediate functionality to it. In fact, composition is nearly complete for a follow-up album due to begin production in January 2012. "Yanic and I get along very well in the studio and we're looking forward to making more albums of this nature," said Newman.

'More Than Ever' was mixed and engineered by Yanic Bercier at WaveTransform Recording Studio in Knoxville, TN, mastered by Tom Morris at Morrisound in Tampa, FL, and is currently available on iTunes and



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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