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'Hell To The Holy'
(Scarlet Records)

scott adams

Forget the clumsy name – there's nothing else clunky or half-formed about this band. As I'm sure you're aware MoE is comprised of three former Venom members, most importantly guitarist Mantas, (although bassist vocalist Tony 'The Demolition Man' Dolan and drummer Antton Lant are no less instrumental to this record it has to be said), though Lant has already moved on to concentrate on his Defcon One project, and, whilst there's a definite flavour of the mighty V about a lot of 'Hell To The Holy', it has to be said that this album deleted anything the mothership has created in, well, since Dolan and Mantas collaborated on 1989's 'Prime Evil' album to be honest.

m-pire hell to the holy

'Hell To The Holy' is absolutely heavy as all hell, a scintillating mix of fast rhythms, dog barking madness on the vocal front from Dolan (as well as his characteristic cement-mixer-falling-down-some-stairs bass sound) and some utterly tremendous guitar playing (and who from us who saw Venom in the early eighties would ever have thought we'd be saying this?) from Mantas.

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Honestly some of his playing is eerily reminiscent of Priest's KK Downing (actually the almost direct quotes from 'Rapid Fire' and 'Painkiller' are the only bits that really sound like KK but you can grasp what I'm getting at. He's like a legit axe God now!).

The weak 'Snake Pit' aside, there is absolutely no flab anywhere at all to be found on this album. Actually, 'Snake Pit' even has its moments, but it sounds undeniably dated when placed up against the staggering material that fills out the rest of the album.

If its heaviness you're after, you just cannot go wrong. But, unlike most of the tosh masquerading as extreme music in 2012 you'll find actual songs beneath all the hammering and banging going on. Songs with real choruses despite weighing in like a bus load of day-tripping sumos on a 'lude binge, songs that have beginnings, middles and ends, usually in the right order.

When the band stop on a dime and chant "bang your head!" on the already-mentioned 'Snake Pit' (just before they do their Priest turn) you can't help but comply to their wishes, all the while throwing in some frenzied air guitar to accompany Mantas' frankly lunatic outpourings on the ol' six string. This is the good stuff, me lovelies, make no mistake...

There aren't many albums doing the rounds currently that make you want to go straight back to the start once they finish and do the whole dirty thing again, but 'Hell To The Holy' is one of them. No frills, no pissing about, no hype, no posing. Just evil, foetid HEAVY FUCKING METAL.

I guarantee you'll love every minute of it.


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.

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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