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13th February 2012


Rapidly rising effervescent British progressive/modern melodic rock five-piece Touchstone are set to release their back catalogue on March 26th (Europe) and March 23rd (GSA) through SPV/Steamhammer. The group, who are currently promoting new album 'The City Sleeps', will embark on a mini UK tour in the spring to mark the occasion.

The reissues, which include the enhanced edition of the band's first EP 'Mad Hatters' (2006) as well as debut full length album 'Discordant Dreams' (2007) and 'Wintercoast' (2009), will contain rare and previously unreleased live bonus tracks recorded at 2010's High Voltage Festival in London's Victoria Park, as well as additional never-seen-before artwork by guitarist Adam Hodgson.

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The 'Wintercoast' album release will contain fully mixed and mastered live renditions of 'Shadow' and 'Joker In The Pack', whilst 'Discordant Dreams' will feature the epic 'Wintercoast' and energetic crowd favourite 'Strange Days'. Full track listing for the releases is below.

Touchstone released new studio album 'The City Sleeps' on SPV/Steamhammer in October 2011 to critical acclaim. The album went straight into the UK Top 40 Official Rock Charts at No. 36 and featured in the top 20 of Classic Rock Magazine and Classic Rock Presents Prog's Best Albums of 2011 Critics Choice.

Spring headline tour dates are as follows, and a European tour is currently in the pipeline for autumn 2012:

30th March – The Duchess, York + Heather Findlay and Chris Johnson
31st March – The Peel, Kingston-Upon-Thames + Haken
1st April – The Tunnels, Bristol + Shadow Of The Sun


1. Prelude 2. Wintercoast 3. Strange Days 4. Joker In The Pack 5. Original Sin 6. Voices 7. Zinomorph 8. Solace 9. Line In The Sand 10. The Witness Pt1 11. The Witness Pt2 12. Zinomorph (Radio Edit)
Bonus Tracks: 13. Shadow (Live at High Voltage 2010) 14. Joker In The Pack (Live at High Voltage 2010)


1. Intro 2. Discordant Dreams 3. Curious Angel 4. See The Light 5. Being Hannah 6. Shadow 7. Winter Coast Instrumental 8. Ocean Down 9. Blacktide 10. Dignity 11. The Beggar's Song
Bonus Tracks: 12. Wintercoast (Live at High Voltage 2010) 13. Strange Days (Live at High Voltage 2010)


1. Misguided Fool 2. One Shot 3. Hear Me 4. The Mad Hatter's Song
Bonus Tracks: 5. Original Sin - Live 6. Dignity – Live



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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