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10 December 2013

British Metal band Absolva have had a triumphant 2013, with the release of their 'Beyond Live' CD and the amazingly successful European tour.

For a taste of the incredible live shows, check out MetalTalk Editor Steve Goldby's review of the London gig here.

The band have now released news of plans for 2014, and it's looking like another packed and exciting year, with new music and more live dates.

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Writing in the official newsletter, Absolva broke the news of a slight hiccup to the new album recording as bassist Dan Bate recovered from surgery, but went on to talk about being backing band for Blaze Bayley and plans for a summer tour:

"Well, it's rarely simple & as some of you will know whilst the actual recording has been going really well, last week Dan had surgery for an appendicitis & has been quite ill. He's recovering now & the excellent news is that he re-joins us in the studio this week to complete his bass parts so we're still on schedule to finish in the studio in this our 3rd week of recording.

We're really really happy with the way the songs are sounding & look forward to sharing the Metal goodness with you! Around Christmas or maybe just into the new year we expect to be able to reveal more details to you ... album title, some artwork, & a track to listen to upfront. What we can say is that release date for the album is likely to be 5th May but we'll be looking to get together some exciting pre-order details well before then."

Chris, Martin and Dan continued: "The 3 of us have just been announced as the band members with Blaze Bayley on his 'Soundtracks Of My Life' 30 date European Tour for March/April. Just to be 100% clear, that's not Absolva as support band but the 3 of us as Blaze's band for this tour.

This is a great opportunity for us to continue working whilst taking a small Absolva break before the album release & before our own tours re-start. Very much looking forward to working with Blaze & we're sure to see many of you out there on the road.

"We're booking a UK Tour for May when we'll also have a main support band along as special guests - the UK Tour details should be out within the next couple of weeks. Then, after the Summer festival season, we plan to return to Europe to tour for 2 months September-October, returning to many places we've already visited & some new places too."

This is exciting news for Metal fans - Absolva are ensuring that the Flames of Justice continue to burn brightly.



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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