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28th January 2014

London traditional Metal rising stars Monument have announced that Bruce Dickinson/Tank bassist Chris Dale will be joining their ranks for their upcoming live shows to promote the band's debut album, 'Renegades', in 2014.

He replaces Matt Scott who due to personal issues was not able to continue being a member of the band.

Monument mainman Peter Ellis comments: "Firstly, I would like to thank Matt for everything he has contributed to the band and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. He will always be a part of the Monument family.

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"I am very excited to have Chris Dale joining us for the band's upcoming shows to promote the album in 2014. His work with Bruce Dickinson and Tank speaks for itself and his addition takes the band's sound to a whole different level.

"Apart from being a world class musician, Chris is also one of the nicest people I know in the music business and I am genuinely excited about the first round of shows with him on bass and to see what our collaboration can lead to."

Matt Scott said in a statement: "I am very proud of my time in Monument, I have had the chance to play the biggest shows of my life so far, went on my first tour and recorded my first album, all in a very professional way thanks to Peter Ellis, who took me under his wings and gave me this great opportunity.

"Unfortunately due to personal reasons I have to give up being in a band for the foreseeable future, which means I have to step down from the bassist position in Monument. I wish Peter an the rest of the guys the success they deserve and I will keep supporting them anyway I can."

Chris Dale commented: "I'm really looking forward to playing live shows with Monument in 2014. They're the only new British band that I've heard in recent years staying so true to the classic sound of British Heavy Metal. Having played bass for some of the originators of the British Heavy Metal sound, it's an honour for me to be asked to play for the next generation.

Monument's first major appearance with Chris Dale on bass will be at PPM festival in Belgium on Friday April 18th, followed by a UK and European tour. 'Renegades' is out worldwide in May on MGR Music.



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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