Reactivated NWOBHM legends SWEET SAVAGE (based in Belfast, Northern Ireland) have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.
The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
3 INCHES OF BLOOD
AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
BEFORE THE DAWN
CHILDREN OF BODOM
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
ENEMY OF THE SUN
JOB FOR A COWBOY
STURM UND DRANG
For more information, visit www.wacken.com.
As previously reported, SWEET SAVAGE has been added to METALLICA's August 20 concert at Marlay Park in Dublin, Ireland. Also scheduled to appear is TENACIOUS D.
METALLICA recorded a cover of the SWEET SAVAGE song "Killing Time" (co-written by current DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell, a former member of SWEET SAVAGE), which was included as the B-side to METALLICA's "The Unforgiven" single.
Maniacal Records (USA) and High Roller Records (Germany) have announced a joint vinyl release for 2008, a SWEET SAVAGE two-LP release of studio material and live songs from the band's early years (1978-1981) done with the group's co-operation. Due in the summer, "Eye of the Storm - The Early Years" marks the first time that original studio recordings from the late '70s and early '80s are properly made available to the general public and also the first time that most of the songs have been committed to vinyl. The material consists of studio material and some live cuts from the early years. This is rare studio and live material that holds its own alongside the other NWOBHM greats of that era like ANGELWITCH, IRON MAIDEN, HOLOCAUST and TYGERS OF PAN TANG. 500 copies will be pressed and only 250 will be available for the USA. Half the pressing will be on green vinyl in tribute to Ireland.
SWEET SAVAGE live in Belfast, 1981: