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'The Levitation Hex'
(Quadrum Records)

scott adams

the levitation hex

That The Levitation Hex, a band with top drawer Aussie Metal pedigree that draws from Alchemist, Alarum and Aeon of Horus, amongst others, would make a good album was never in question; that they've made an utterly devastating, adamantine classic is surely a matter worth praising to the rafters, so let's get on with it...

This self titled debut is utterly demanding of the attention straight from the tortured howl that opens up first track 'The Longest Path Possible', right through to the dying embers of the album's finale 'Dream Deficit'. A sprawling, mind bending colossus wrought of power and sheer musical muscle, this is progressive death Metal of the very highest order.

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There are elements borrowed from all three of those bands mentioned in the opening paragraph of course, most notably the swirling psyched-out textural aplomb of Alchemist, but TLH are never content to rest on their laurels when they could be exploring newer, ever more demanding soundscapes and arenas.

'Depressedemic' is perhaps the album in microcosm; a seething mass of impassioned pain flooding from the vocals, an unrelenting hell of steel buffeting your brain from the instrumental side of the band, yet through everything they throw at you you're always aware of a chiming melody swirling through the maelstrom, adding a razor sharp counterpoint to the bludgeon that surrounds and eventually runs through it.

This is Heavy Metal songwriting par excellence, the sort of thing VoiVod might have come up with in their golden middle period, and it slays.

Whilst former Alchemist alumnus Adam Agius and Alarum bassist/vocalist Mark Palfreyman are at the heart of everything that is good about this album, their guitar and bass contributions are never less than augmented superbly by Aeon of Horus tub thumper Ben Hocking and guitarist Scott Young (also from the Alarum stable).

As a unit they gel in alarmingly good style bringing all their many influences and musical experiences beautifully to the boil on 'A Breathing Appararus', a song that seems very much to represent the band in terms of past, present and future possibilities, mixing seventies British psychedelia (think Hawkwind, maybe, or an incredibly pissed off Dave Gilmour) with massive slabs of US punk and, of course, Metal, to point to a very bright future for The Levitation Hex indeed, should they elect to pursue this further.

I for one certainly hope they do, because this is an incredible record.


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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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