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18th April 2017

praying mantis

Praying Mantis have announced an intimate London gig that will serve as a warm up date before the band fly out to Japan.

The melodic Metallers will play at The Cavern Freehouse in Raynes Park, London on Tuesday 27th June. Tickets are priced at a bargain £6 and are only available from the venue itself.

The next day, Praying Mantis will fly out to Japan for two dates in Osaka and Tokyo where they will be playing shows with the newly reformed Lionheart who feature ex-Mantis member Dennis Stratton.

Praying Mantis released their ninth studio album, the critically acclaimed 'Legacy' in 2015, their first with new Dutch members Hans in’t Zandt on drums and vocalist John Cuijpers. The line-up is completed by brothers Chris and Tino Troy and Andy Burgess.

A new album is expected in early 2018 which will be released on the Frontiers label.

In further touring news, fans in Scotland can see Praying Mantis at the Winterstorm Festival which takes place in Troon, Ayrshire over the weekend of 24th/25th November on a bill that includes Tyketto, Bernie Marsden, Dare, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Bernie Torme, Graham Bonnet and many more.

A week later Praying Mantis will be performing at the HRH Xmas Rocka in a special NWOBHM bill that features Raven, Diamond Head, Avenger, Lionheart, Airrace, Mick Underwood's Glory Road, Gaskin, Holocaust and many others.

The HRH Xmas Rocka takes place at the Sheffield O2 Academy over the weekend of 2nd/3rd December.

praying mantis

praying mantis

praying mantis




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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