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  SLASH REVEALS COVER ART AND ALBUM TITLE FOR SECOND STUDIO ALBUM 'APOCALYPTIC LOVE'
22nd February 2012

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Slash, the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter has revealed the cover artwork and album title for his second studio album, 'Apocalyptic Love'. Due out May 21st in the UK, the new album features Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and will be released on Slash's own label DikHayd International and distributed through Roadrunner Records in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

In the UK, the album will be released on May 21 in exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack form – providing a unique collectable package containing the studio album with bonus tracks alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock. The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts including a pin badge and artwork poster and will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailer.

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The Fan Pack is available for pre-order now at www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/slash-fan-pack. Roadrunner Records will simultaneously release the record digitally. The standard physical release of the Slash album will follow through Roadrunner Records on June 18 2012.

Slash is currently in a Los Angeles studio putting the final touches on 'Apocalyptic Love'. This week he announced his headlining U.S. tour will begin May 3rd in Baltimore. Tickets are on sale now.

'Apocalyptic Love' will follow his 2010 debut album, 'Slash', which has now sold over 100,000 copies in the UK alone, and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set 'Made In Stoke 24/7/11'. Notably, the Slash album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart).

Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.

On 'Apocalyptic Love' Slash, along with his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass), have teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the Slash disc. All the songs were written together by Slash and Kennedy and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album. Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes footage in these videos:







Slash's 2012 headlining US tour dates are as follows:

Thu 5/3 Baltimore MD Rams Head Live
Sat 5/5 Rockingham NC Carolina Rebellion, Rockingham Speedway
Mon 5/7 Orlando FL Hard Rock Live
Thu 5/10 Biloxi MS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hard Rock Live
Sun 5/13 Boone, IA Lazerfest, Central Iowa Expo
Mon 5/14 Minneapolis MN The Brick
Wed 5/16 Madison WI Orpheum Theater
Thu 5/17 Grand Rapids MI Orbit Room
Sat 5/19 Columbus OH Rock On The Range, Columbus Crew Stadium
Sun 5/20 Camden NJ MMRBQ, Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 5/26 Albuquerque NM Route 66 Casino-on sale 2/27

Slash is also now conmfirmed for the UK's Download festival, which takes place on the weekend of the 8th to 10th June 2012.

You can get your tickets by clicking here. Hurry - they are already selling fast...


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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