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30th August 2017

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Legendary Detroit hard rockers Madam X have signed a deal with EMP Label Group, who will release their long-awaited sophomore album, 'Monstrocity', on October 27th on CD and digital, with a limited edition vinyl release planned for November. The album was produced by Madam X and mixed by Michael Wagener, with additional mixing by Mark Slaughter.

Formed in 1981 by sisters Roxy and Maxine Petrucci, Madam X recruited bassist Chris 'Godzilla' Doliber and vocalist Bret Kaiser and released their classic, Rick Derringer produced, Jet Records debut, 'We Reserve The Right' in 1984, spawning the hit single 'High in High School'.

Four years later, after Roxy departed to join future MTV favourites Vixen, and original vocalist Kaiser was briefly replaced by an unknown Canadian vocalist named Sebastian Bach, Madam X disbanded and would remain mostly inactive until 2014 when the original line-up reunited at the Sweden Rock Festival.

Fast forward to 2017, when the Petrucci sisters collaborated with vocalist Mark Slaughter on a Lemmy Kilmister tribute track for their VIP Aftershow project. Slaughter, who introduced Roxy to EMP Label Group Head of A&R Thom Hazaert, who released the 12” 'Kilmister' single for Aftershow and the conversation soon shifted to the upcoming Madam X release. Says Hazaert:

"When I connected with Roxy and we were working on The Aftershow stuff, and she told me they were working on a new Madam X record, I was extremely excited at the prospect of releasing it.

"After a brief courtship, we made the decision to put it out together and I can honestly say I'm still excited. Madam X is such a kickass rock band, I was always a huge fan of their first record and to be able to release its follow-up over thirty years later is just insane."

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Adds drummer Roxy Petrucci:

"Hell may not be pretty but good things will find their way out.

"It takes a huge pair of Metal balls to sign a band like Madam X. David Ellefson and Thom Hazaert at EMP put their love of Metal first and crushed it by signing Madam X!

"Raw and flawed, 'Monstrocity' will be unleashed onto the world in Fall 2017! Long live rock'n'roll but immortalized in Metal!"

The album features twelve hard-hitting slabs of rock, including the pummelling title track, 'Resurrection', 'Nitrous' and an updated version of their 1984 hit 'High In High School'.




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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