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18th July 2017


Music stirs many emotions in people. It can motivate people, make them sad, angry, happy, sleepy excited, calm and more.

It is the essence of the soul and can make a human being appreciate the world and have fun.

This can occur with all types of music and each will have it's different effects and connotations.

For Heavy Metal you get pulse pounding songs that can get you ready for a good time, will hype you up and make you go faster and harder. This is a perfect match for video games.

The music you find in video games has changed significantly over time. With simple bit tunes only being possible at first, in which they were short, repetitive and perhaps only one of a few or the only song in the game.

Today though we can have full soundtracks, maybe reaching one-hundred songs, with all types of high quality music available in many genres.

Heavy Metal's hard and fast pace fits well with many games and can be found in numerous different titles.


One of the earliest games to celebrate feature Metal music was Rock n' Roll Racing in 1993 made by the company now known as Blizzard. This was a by the numbers racing game, but it's bit tune versions of famous rock hits such as 'Paranoid' by Black Sabbath and 'Radar Love' by Golden Earring made it stand out.

A more modern Metal influenced game was Brütal Legend. Developed by Double Fine Productions in 2009, the game featured the voices and likenesses of Jack Black and Ozzy Osbourne, with many characters inspired by other Metal masters such as Kiss.

The plot of Brütal Legend sees roadie Eddie Riggs transported into a world of rock'n'roll as he must fight to protect it with action and strategy style play.

Other Metal based games in recent years have included Red Hot Devil from online casino Lucky Nugget Casino and 2016s verson of DOOM, featuring a terrific soundtrack by Nick Gordon.


Heavy Metal and games don't have to be directly together for you to enjoy them, as simply having some Metal music on in the background can have a powerful effect. Whether you are playing it on a separate device or you're using the ability of some consoles to play songs on the hard drive with the games, you could find it can calm you down.

A recent study has shown that music genres such as Heavy Metal, emo and punk can relax angry people. The music lowered the heart rate of annoyed individuals more than those left in silence.

This means that listening to Metal while gaming can not only mean a great soundtrack but it can also help you keep cool when tackling tough obstacles or when losing online.

Metal music and games are a perfect mix and one that will likely never end.




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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