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22nd March 2012

ginger wildheart

Way back in August 2011, reported about Ginger Wildheart securing funding for his latest album in just six hours through his fans and Pledge Music.

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5,677 pledges later, 566% of the original target, and it seems that the wait is finally over. The below video has just been released and it seems pledgers will be getting their first ten tracks tomorrow at 5.55pm. We'll make sure to have a listen and let you know what they sound like.

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Here's what the official press release said:

"Tomorrow, at 5.55pm, sees the release of the first batch of songs from '555%', the triple-album born from the fantastically successful PledgeMusic campaign. It's taken a little longer than planned, but the finishing touches are now being made as the final mastering process is underway with the help of the amazing Jon Astley, the mastering maestro behind albums from the likes of The Who, Led Zepplin and The Rolling Stones. Trust us - the wait will be have been worth it!

"Once you have downloaded these first tracks (and all pre-order formats of '555%' get access to the downloadable tracks), we'd like you give them a listen, and then listen to them again, and keep listening to them as many times as it takes you to pick your favourite songs, and let us know in the comments box on the PledgeMusic site. We'll collate your votes, and this will help us decide the track listing for the commercial single disc version of the album, 100%. We'll then repeat this process with the second and third sets of tracks as they are released.

"As an added extra, there is also a new line of '555%' men and women's clothing and mugs now available for pre-order. You can see the full range of new additions in the webstore.

"As a special thank-you to all of you who have already pledged, we are offering a 15% discount off anything in the webstore (new and sale items) until 3rd April. Check your PledgeMusic updates for more information, and the discount code to use at the checkout.

"In case you still haven't made your pre-order yet... well you've missed out on a physical copy of the album. All CD and vinyl releases have now been deleted from the order page, but you can still order the digital download version, the 'Making Of' DVD and the single CD version, 100%, from the PledgeMusic site.

"So make sure your MP3 player is charged up, your data cable is plugged in, and... er... this sounded so much better when you used to spin up your turntable! Just make sure to be ready to receive the first course of the sonic banquet you are about to enjoy!"



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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