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10 June 2014

Andy Millen

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Many people reading this will know someone affected by Alzheimer's disease. It is a form of dementia affecting nearly half a million people in the UK. A degenerative physical disease affecting the brain, it is so far incurable. Alzheimer's affects not only the lives of those immediately affected but also their families. In its progress, it takes away a person's memories and independence and in many cases dignity.

The American Alzheimer's Association has been benefiting from fundraising by Christine Coz and Dorian Rainwater (Guitarist and Vocalist from Phobia & Noisear) in the form of 'Grinding for a Cure'.

Christine wanted to start fundraising after her Mother was diagnosed with the disease in 2006, and, along with Dorian have so far put out three compilation albums on Bandcamp with a fourth in the planning stages. These Albums have drawn together artists worldwide from the extreme Metal scene, all donating songs to be included. So many in fact, that Volume 1 led to 2, then 3, and now 4.

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So far, when I spoke to Dorian last Tuesday, these had raised $1117! The money was due to be presented to the Alzheimer's Association at their 'Walk to end Alzheimer's' in Dallas last year, but Christina's Mother sadly died just before, so they never got there. Instead, they carried on fundraising, and plan a presentation at this year's event. In addition to the Compilations, they are designing T-shirts to be sold alongside the albums.

So far, over 300 bands have contributed songs, including Phobia; Noisear; Swamp Gas; Maruta, Brutal Truth; False Flag Attack; Punished Earth; No Class Assassins; Capitalist Casualties and Multinational Corporations. A truly global and solid line-up of bands.

So, some links to all of this and more information. (the official Facebook page) (follow the links for the other Albums) (UK organisation with info etc on Alzheimers) (Its US counterpart) (worldwide federation of Alzheimers Associations)



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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