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4th January 2012

hopes die last

Rome's melodic Metallers Hopes Die Last will set the 2012 bar sky high with the release of their phenomenal sophomore full length 'Trust No One' on 13 February in Europe.

Signed to the highly esteemed US based Standby Records, the label who brought us Black Veil Brides, Hopes Die Last are already creating massive waves state-side and Europe alike. Their UK/Euro tour at the back of 2011 with Attack Attack! (US) turned so many heads that demand for the new album has been insane, with their stunning new videos 'Unleash Hell' and 'Never Trust The Hazel Eyed' clocking in over 100k views in a matter of weeks. Check them out below:

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Chapter 1: Unleash Hell

Chapter 2: Never Trust The Hazel Eyed

The band walk a tight rope of beauty and brutality with a unique balance of melody and sheer ferociousness. Songs like 'Unleash Hell' and 'Never Trust The Hazel Eyed' are simply brilliant, and the ingenious cover of Katy Perry's 'Firework' - a huge internet hit last year - showcases the band's quirky talent for creating the unexpected.

Hopes Die Last have created a perfect formula with their combination songwriting skill, power and dynamics, but they are constantly evolving and have no fear of experimentation. The album's closer 'Keep Your Hands Off' retains the HDL signature sound but introduces layers of euphoric and pounding electronica courtesy of Nekso, creating a genre molding epic.

Album Track listing:

1 - Never Trust The Hazel Eyed
2 - Sidney Shown
3 - Unleash Hell
4 - Life After Me Life After You
5 - The Blue
6 - Bill's Got Only A Pair Of Queens
7 - This Song Plays Suicide
8 - Air Raid Siren
9 - Firework (Katy Perry cover)
10 - The Same Old Fears
11 - Icarus (Halfway Across The Sky)
12 - Keep Your Hands Off (feat. Nekso)

Hopes Die Last will be touring Europe extensively in support of the album; dates to be announced shortly. 'Trust No One' will be released on Standby Records on 13 February 2012.



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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