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'Hounds' EP
(Self released)

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Hailing from Edmonton, Canada, Lucid Hounds are a Hardcore five piece who aren't afraid to tell it how it is and the four tracks on their 'Hounds' EP underlines the fact that they have a certain musical skill too.

Kicking off with a spoken intro, which sounds like it's taken from a film (though one that's certainly unfamiliar to me), which sets the scene for the aural assault that is 'Shotgun Mouthwash'. Teen angst mixed with high emotion serves this song well and the barrage of abuse that spouts forth from vocalist, Nick Odgen is quite extraordinary.

The oft repeated phrase of ''Bleed Till You're Dead' shows they aren't afraid to sing what they think in the great tradition of other Hardcore bands like Killswitch Engage and Hatebreed with perhaps a debt to bands like D.R.I. too.

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'Left Hook' continues the frantic pace with drummer Justin Smith showing a particular skill in timekeeping whilst the guitar riff from Jesse Berger drives the song onwards. Again, the lyrical content shows the under-lying emotions that give the band their inspiration.

When Ogden sings " you think I give a fuck about you. You don't know shit about me or what I been through. Bitch, I don't give a fuck about you. You never meant shit to me, so fuck you..." you really begin to emphathise with him and begin to wonder what caused such a rage in a young person - perhaps we'll never know, unfortunately.

'With Eyes' has a slightly different feel to it with the central guitar riff sometimes obscured by effects. The slightly slower middle section gives some respite from the fury of the rest of the song, whilst still managing to maintain a hardcore intensity. A nice bass (courtesy of Sam Jackson) and drum solo section also shows that the band are proficient in the playing and it's not all just bluster, before the track races towards it's conclusion.

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Clocking in at around four and a half minutes, 'Count Me Out' closes the EP in fine style. Certainly my favourite track here, the song reverts to a more structured style than some of the others. The guitar riff from Jesse Berger is clear and well executed whilst drummer Smith gives his kit one final work out. Lyrically, it's less negative than some of the other tracks but vocalist Ogdens delivery is no less compromising that the previous tracks.

It's an interesting experience listening to the EP and certainly this seems like a band who are very much at the start of their career. Where they go from here is anyones guess, but they should really take a leaf out of the book of the thrash Metal titans, Slayer, and be true to themselves.

There's no compromise here at all and if the band can continue to create music like this and be able to bring them to a bigger audience, then all power to them.

Shotgun Mouthwash
Left Hook
With Eyes
Count Me Out

Lucid Skies are:
Nick Odgen - Vocals
Jesse Berger - Guitar
Sam Jackson - Bass
Justin Smith - Drums

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Lucid Skies Photo (c) Tyler Frith

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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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