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2 February 2014

Ginger Wildheart is pleased to announce the release of the new album 'Albion' on 31st March 2014, via Round Records.

'Albion' was recorded in Wales throughout the summer of 2013 and was recorded as a band project. The album perfectly showcases why Ginger is one of the UK's best loved and longstanding songwriters with songs as diverse, infectious and compelling as 'Creepers', 'The Order Of the Dog' and 'Grow A Pair'.

The 6 piece band have played with Ginger throughout 2012 and 2013 all over the world, including European tours with Slash and The Darkness.

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It's been an amazing few years for Ginger Wildheart who has seen a massive career resurgence as he became a success story of the PledgeMusic phenomenon. In 2011 Ginger launched an ambitious pre-order for a triple album project through the Direct to Fan platform, and went on to become the biggest success story for a British artist raising in excess of a quarter of million pounds.

The album hit the shelves in 2012 and saw the Geordie icon crash back into the UK top 20 charts for the first time in 10 years, as well as picking up an award for 'Event of The Year' at the Classic Rock Magazine Awards later that year.

Not one to rest on his laurels Ginger then released two albums for his 'Mutation' collective in 2013 (released through Mike Pattons Ipecac label) - an extreme project which featured collaborations with the likes of Shane Embury from Napalm Death, Hawkeyes, Merzbow & Mark E Smith to name but four.

Perhaps his most unexpected success was the release of 'Hey! Hello!' in the summer of 2013, a new pop rock collaboration with NY singer Victoria Liedtke. The international twosome hit the top of the official UK rock charts with their debut self titled release which was picked up by news outlets around the world.

Hey! Hello! was also nominated for best New Band at The Classic Rock Awards in 2013 and their single 'Swimwear' dominated rock radio in both the UK and US. In the UK it was the most played song on Team Rock Radio in September 2013 as well as being playlisted on numerous others.

So now in 2014, Ginger releases his 7th album in just 2 years.

Track List:
1. Drive
2. Cambria
3. Grow A Pair
4. Burn This City Dow?
5. The Order Of The Dog
6. Body Parts
7. The Beat Goes On (Caledonia)
8. After All You Said About Cowboys
9. Creepers
10. Albion

The album is still available to pre-order through Pledge on

The Ginger Wildheart Band consists of:

Ginger Wildheart - Vocals/Guitar
Victoria Liedtke - Vocals (Hey! Hello!)
Dean 'Denzel' Pearson - Drums (Losers/Young Legionnaire)
Rich Jones - Guitar/Vocals (ex Amen/Black Halos)
Chris Catalyst - Guitar/Vocals (Eureka Machines)
Random Jon Poole - Bass/Vocals (Cardiacs/The Wildhearts)
Bryan Scary - Keys/Strings/Vocals (From NYC's Evil Arrows/Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears)

Ginger will also hit the road in April as frontman of The Wildhearts:

Tour dates: (support from Hey Hello!):
Tue 8th Apr Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
Wed 9th Apr Bristol, O2 Academy
Thu 10th Apr Manchester, Academy
Sat 12th Apr Nottingham, Nottingham Rock City
Sun 13th Apr Newcastle, O2 Academy
Mon 14th Apr Glasgow, O2 ABC
Wed 16th Apr Cambridge, The Junction
Thu 17th Apr London, Electric Ballroom

Watch the live version of 'Body Parts', the first song released from Albion, filmed at Ginger's birthday bash:




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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