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29th November 2013


Legendary British Heavy Metal act Saxon have just released a new album called 'Unplugged And Strung Up' which is a different look at some classic tracks from their extensive back catalogue.

'Unplugged And Strung Up' brings some fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw Heavy Metal thunder, with the point triumphantly underscored.

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap (Blaze Bayley, Kreator, Testament and Killswitch Engage) earlier this year. Saxon re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of 'The Eagle Has Landed' and 'Crusader' by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer a different dimension to the tracks.

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'Frozen Rainbow, from the bands 1979 debut album, is the first track to be released from the album and gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of.


The British Heavy Metal legends have also lined up an extensive tour, which includes dates with Motorhead, to support the 'Unplugged And Strung Up' release.

You can watch the official EPK for 'Frozen Rainbow' here:

'Unplugged And Strung Up' Tracklist:
Stallions Of The Highway (Remix)
Crusader (Orchestrated Version)
Battle Cry
The Eagle Has Landed (Orchestral Version)
Red Star Falling (Orchestral Version)
Broken Heroes (Orchestral Version)
Call To Arms (Orchestral Version)
Militia Guard
Forever Free (Re - Recorded Version)
Just Let Me Rock (Re - Recorded Version)
Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic Version)
Iron Wheels (Live Acoustic Version)
Requiem (Acoustic Version)
Coming Home (Acoustic Version)

You can see Saxon with Motorhead live here (except where noted):
Monday 10th February - Roadmenders, Northampton (Headline show)
Tuesday 11th February - Tivoli, Buckley (Headline show)
Thursday 13th February - 02 Academy Glasgow
Friday 14th February - Newcastle City Hall Newcastle
Saturday 15th February - 53 Degrees Preston (Headline show)
Sunday 16th February - O2 Apollo Manchester
Monday 17th February - Civic Hall Wolverhampton
Wednesday 19th February - O2 Academy Brixton London
Thursday 20th February - Royal Concert Hall Nottingham
Saturday 22nd February - Zenith Paris
Sunday 23rd February - Rockhal Luxembourg (Headline show)
Monday 24th February - Brielpoort Deinze
Tuesday 25th February - Sporthalle Hamburg
Thursday 27th February - Zenith Munich
Sunday 2nd March - Velodrom Berlin
Tuesday 4th March - MEH Düsseldorf
Wednesday 5th March - Schleyerhalle Stuttgart
Thursday 6th March - Romein Leeuwarden (Headline show)
Saturday 8th March - Cloetta Center Linkoping
Sunday 9th March - KB Malmo (Headline show)
Monday 10th March - Forum Horsens
Wednesday 12th March - Centrum Scene Oslo
Friday 14th March - Hartwell Arena Helsinki

Saxon are:
Biff Byford – Vocals
Paul Quinn – Guitars
Doug Scarratt – Guitars
Nibbs Carter – Bass
Nigel Glockler – Drums

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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.


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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