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12th April 2012

luke appleton

There was much rejoicing in the offices yesterday when Iced Earth announced Luke Appleton of Fury UK as new bass player. Luke replaces Freddie Vidales who has announced his intention to retire from Iced Earth after completion of the band's Chinese shows this month.

Fury UK are a band we championed on last year as were lucky enough to catch them supporting Iced Earth on the 'Dystopia'. They made a big impression on that tour and clearly not only on the audiences.

But what does this mean for Fury UK? Is it the end for this three-piece with that enormous potential? Well sort of but not quite...

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Founder-member and lead vocalist/lead guitarist Chris Appleton has recently begun work on a new band along with Fury UK drummer Martin McNee. More announcements on this are coming very soon but Chris explains initially.

"Having known for a week or two about Luke's fantastic opportunity with Iced Earth and in any case, always hungry to try something different, Martin and myself have laid plans for a new British Metal band.

"The key difference from Fury UK is this new band will feature a second lead guitarist so I'll be exploring my love for twin lead guitar in the great British tradition of bands like Iron Maiden and Irish rockers Thin Lizzy."

Naturally, this news will have an impact on plans for Fury UK from June onwards and they'll have more details on that soon. Meantime, they confirm the band's UK and European shows during April and May will all go ahead as planned, with Luke in place.

At the same time they also want to make it clear that this does not spell the end for Fury UK.

A brand new Fury UK track, 'Taste The Blood' will be available to fans as a free MP3 download during the next couple of weeks, with a video also put together from the recent performances at Hammerfest (N Wales), PPM Fest (Belgium) and Roeselare (Belgium).



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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