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'Sonic Mass'
(Easy Action)

Released: 23rd September 2011

scott adams

Amebix is a name that you'll have come up against more than once if you're a long-in-the-tooth fan of heavy music. The band's squalid, uncomfortable mix of anarcho-crust lyrical drive and sludgy death Metal sonic dynamics has proved a fertile template for more than one bunch of noisy upstarts since the band's Devon-based inception in the late seventies.


In its 2011 incarnation, Amebix is an altogether more sophisticated beast, plying a riff-heavy trade that, especially on the likes of the strident 'God Of the Grain' or the utterly convincing 'Here Come the Wolf' (sic), comes on like a reggae/electronica-free version of the mighty Killing Joke.

There's literally no fat on this release at all, as each one of the ten tracks gets straight to the point, the result being an album that delivers a constant stream of high quality, intelligently bombastic doom, interspersed with the likes of the quasi-title track, 'Sonic Mass Part 1', where the band ventures into the kind of neofolk territory that's usually the domain of acts such as Sol Invictus. Follow-up track 'Sonic Mass Part 2' adds a bit of Motorhead and Hawkwind to the mix, but this album is more - so much more - than a mere game of spot the influence.

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By the time you reach the final brace of tracks - the swirlingly maelstromic 'The One' and the space/goth rock armageddon of 'Knights Of The Black Sun' (where the band throws in a huge dollop of Bauhaus into the mix in a move guaranteed to throw you into a gleeful black-clad meltdown) - you'll have been rendered speechless by the consistent assault of quality sonic bombardments you've just been subjected to.

Much like Killing Joke's last album, 'Sonic Mass' is a record that synthesises bang-your-head gonzoid mayhem to intelligent lyrical observation to such an effective extent that you'll find yourself returning to it again and again.

Fantastic stuff - definitely Album Of The Year material.


More Scott Adams right here.



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.

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