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15 July 2014

Bigelf, who have come back furiously from the abyss in 2014, have just released a video for the track 'Control Freak' from their critically acclaimed Into The Maelstrom album, on Inside Out Music.

Into The Maelstrom is an unapologetic leap towards arena accessibility - Mainman Damon Fox is joined by longtime bassist Duffy Snowhill, the only remaining member of the old iteration of the band, plus Mike Portnoy, who supplies yet another facet of his seemingly limitless repertoire.

Some guitar solo seasoning is added by Luis Maldonado, who when not fronting his own band Into The Presence has provided great work for such notables as Glenn Hughes and Michael Schenker, and he also wrote the #1 classic rock radio hit, 'Rough and Tumble', with ex-Baby John Waite.

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The band also recently announced a run of European tour dates for later this year, and before that the band will also be playing a few festivals. Find the full list of forthcoming dates below:

Saturday 19 July 2014 - Night of the Prog Festival, Loreley, GERMANY
Friday 1 August 2014 - Burg Herzberg Festival, Burg, GERMANY
Sunday 3 August 2014 - Resonance Festival, London, UK
Wed 29 October 2014 - Boerderij, Zoetermeer, HOLLAND
Thurs 30 October 2014 - Dortmund FZW, Dortmund, GERMANY
Sat 01 November 2014 - Z7, Postfach, SWITZERLAND
Sun 02 November 2014 - Nachtleben, Frankfurt, GERMANY
Mon 03 November 2014 - Strom, Munich, GERMANY
Tues 04 November 2014 - Legend Club, Milan, ITALY
Thur 06 November 2014 - Razzmatazz 3 Barcelona, SPAIN
Frid 07 November 2014 - Cop&eaacute;rnico, Madrid, SPAIN
Sat 08 November 2014 - Sonora, Bilbao, SPAIN
Fri 14 November 2014 - Deaf Institute Manchester, UK
Sat 15 November 2014 - Hard Rock Hell 7, Gwynedd, North Wales, UK
Mon 17 November 2014 - Cathouse, Glasgow, UK
Tues 18 November 2014 - Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK
Wed 19 November 2014 - The Garage, London, UK

It was also recently announced that Bigelf had received 3 nominations at this year's Progressive Music Awards 2014 in London, with the band picking up nods for Best Album, Band of the Year and Anthem for the track 'Alien Frequency'. You can vote for the band at



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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