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25th April 2017

ye banished privateers

Formed in 2008 and hailing from Umeå in Sweden, the thirty strong crew of Ye Banished Privateers signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records and will release their third studio album, 'First Night Back In Port', on June 30th 2017.

Today the album's title track is premiering here on MetalTalk via this very special 360° video so hoist the Jolly Roger because Ye Banished Privateers take no prisoners. Here's 'First Night Back In Port'.

With the help of Irish and Skandinavian folk as well as raw punk Ye Banished Privateers brew stormy sea chanties with at least a dozen of the thirty buccaneers armed to the teeth with fiddle, banjo and accordion on any of their feasts.

If this pack of rags and tricorns ask for a dance no gums stay dry, no peg legs stiff. Smoky gullets join in unique sounds of long forgotten days - a time travel back to honest and moving music to 300 years ago for an imaginary journey through the harsh life at sea during the early 18th century.

ye banished privateers

With songs inspired by traditional Irish and Scandinavian folk music, acting and elaborate historical clothing the privateers tell a story about the rough sailor's life, living on the other side of the law and the fight against oppression and nationalism.

Together, the crew members take turns to go on tour and plunder, and with around a dozen sailors on stage no two shows are ever the same. The mix of rude folk and punk music invites you to dance and sing along, while the gripping ballads will make the toughest pirate heart soft.

Says the band about their recent signing with Napalm Records:

"Spring has finally come to the Gulf of Botnia, and with the rotting ice we are now able to set sail with some extraordinary good news onboard.

"We are immensely proud to announce that our chaotic band of Pirates will be joining forces with Napalm Records, to release our next album 'First Night Back In Port'. Lock up the taverns and hide away the Rum, June 30th in the year of our lord 1717 (2017), this Pandora's box of ear worms goes worldwide!"

Ye Banished Privateers are:
Björn Malmros: Accordion, vocals
Peter Mollwing: Vocals
Sara Wallin: Flute, vocals
Eva Maaherra Lövheim: Violin, vocals
Hampus Holm: Percussion
Emil Nilsson-Mäki: Guitar, bass, vocals
Magnus Nilsson-Mäki: Guitar, bass, vocals
Richard Larsson: Guitar, bass
Jens Choong: Gitalele
Martin Jonsson-Gavelin: Drums
Jonas Nilsson: Banjo, vocals

Ye Banished Privateers live dates:
Saturday 29th April: Elfia Haarzuilens 2017 Utrecht, Netherlands
Sunday 30th April to Monday 1st May: MPS Dortmund 2017, Dortmund, Germany
Thursday 25th May to Sunday 28th May: MPS Rastede 2017, Oldenburg, Germany
Friday 23rd June: Feuertanz Festival 2017, Nuremberg, Germany
Saturday 15th July to Sunday 16th July: MPS Bückeburg 2 2017 Bückeburg, Germany
Saturday 5th August to Sunday 6th August: MPS Cologne 2017 Cologne, Germany
Saturday 2nd September to Sunday 3rd September: MPS Hamburg 2017




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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