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Daryl Soar

daryl soar

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Difficult, challenging and brilliant.

From the opening salvo the sound is distinctly Ihsahn. The enormity of the guitar on 'Arrival' is thrown into sharp contrast with the harsh rasp of the vocal. The riff chugs and moves without the clarity that reveals itself on each subsequent pass through. The song progresses into a traditional chorus giving something familiar to hang on to before the album moves on to pull the rug from under you.

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The thing I like about Isahn's music is the challenge he throws at the listener. With 'Eremita', it feels at times as if there is a will to write what the fans won't like. Songs incorporate expanded instrumentation, staccato rhythms and prolonged dissonance. The sax is often used to stretch the boundaries of your taste.

This album, more than others I've heard, seems to plough new depths as it draws you in to it's off the wall compositions. Oriental and jazz influences creep in and pull at the strings of your sensibilities while you enjoy the unique fabric that is 'Eremita'.

'Introspection', the third track on the album was the first to grab me. The immediately accessible and involving picked chord rhythm danced a jaunty ditty through my expectations and kept me hooked, switching from chords to chugs and from singing to fry vocals in a natural yet unexpected way.

After a couple of listens many of the tracks had me hooked. The nine minute meandering epic of 'The Eagle And The Emerita' proved a worthy source for the album title. 'Departure' closes the show a mix of straight forward thrashing, challenging note choices, changes in tempo and simple hooks.

I'm sure this is an album that could whir round on repeat without ever becoming tiring.




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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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