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  DEGRADATION
'Juggernaught'
(Self Released)
Released: 29th December 2011


Daryl Soar

daryl soar



Someone keeps sending me thrash albums; I am a lucky boy indeed! While the titles on the front are always different, I could swear the contents are from one of the big four (and Testament) or from one of the European thrash masters. And if not, the CD is almost always only fit for use as a coaster.

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In the case of Degradation's 'Juggernaut', I found what could be a lost Testament album. It opens with single note chugged rhythms, the tune picked out by hammer-ons and plucked notes higher up the fretboard. The album sticks to that formula like their lives depend upon it (and my life often feels that way).

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The sound and production is quite sparse, enough to convince me it was a single guitar band for quite a while. This sparsity does add clarity to the rhythm which is good, unfortunately it comes at a cost to the musicality available when twin guitars are used to the full.

There are some lovely harmony sections and those hammer-ons in the rhythm can be beautifully highlighted when they set their mind to it. The thing I missed was split rhythms, one guitar doing one thing while the other does something complementary.

There are passages of dual guitar but it tends to be limited to difference in the notes only.

The vocals sit between Chuck Billy and Tom Arraya. I enjoyed the intensity coming through in what sounded to me like a natural tone ripping out the lyrics like they were being angrily spewed straight from the heart. It's not something that you hear too often anymore as people strive for ever more extreme and increasingly mundane and undecipherable screeches.

'Juggernaut' is self-released and available through many online retailers. The band have done an admirable job in getting the album out. They list a couple of producers and I'm sure that helped in creating a professional recording.

I found the album to be a veritable thrash juggernaut with its endless stream of similar yet different guitar riffs. Don't expect clever stops or soft acoustic passages and you'll be happy. It's a shame they are from Chicago as I'm sure they'd be stunning live.

Check them out on iTunes or better still, check out the band's own album preview for a taster.



29.12.11




WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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