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'The White Death' EP
(Ceol Dorchas Productions)

Johnny Main

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Scottish quartet Achren are pioneers in the 'Blood Metal' scene (essentially a mix of Black and Thrash Metal) who are slowly but surely making a name for themselves with the help of appearances at major festivals like Bloodstock Open Air and Wacken. Their latest release is this three track EP and shows that the band still have lots to offer.

'The White Death' of the title refers to Finnish marksman Simo Häyhä who (as history buffs will tell you), acquired the highest recorded number of confirmed sniper kills in any major war – a total of five hundred and five. Totalling around fifteen minutes, these three songs show various different sides to Achren giving a 'something for everyone' approach their music.

'Archangel' starts things off and it demonstrates the bands intent from the off, with solid drums from stand in drummer Qball (more usually found behind the drum stool of CoExist and Bacchus Barachas, as now permanent drummer Ryan Shepherd wasn't in place at the time of recording) backed up with a great guitar riff from vocalist and rhythm guitarist Scott Anderson.

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The pace builds as the song progresses, settling down just in time for the vocal lines to kick in. Anderson's vocals are very good it must be said, and he gives everything to his performance with a growl at the end thrown in for good measure.

'The Eschatologist' (someone who is concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind – just to save you looking that up!) is slightly slower paced than 'Archangel', as well as being the longest of the here clocking in at just under six minutes.

There's a great central guitar riff under which the drums and bass guitar are laid with Anderson giving another excellent performance on what is my favourite of the three tracks featured. The long instrumental section in the middle and towards the end is driven by Qball who doesn't let up at all as he creates a solid foundation of the song and leads the way for the rest of the band.


The final track is 'Suomen Susi (The Finnish Wolf)', which is the slowest track here with its epic guitar intro over which are placed simple drums beats and cymbal crashes. The slow rhythm guitar riff gradually creeps in as the song progresses, and that's the thing about this song.

It shows that Black/Thrash Metal bands don't always play at break neck speeds and when they do so, their musical talent is so great that it's often overlooked by those who don't really "get it".

Here, you're a full three minutes into the track before the pace begins to pick up and when it does, it takes the song to a whole new level as the tempo builds and builds making this a truly outstanding song and a credit to the band.

You can hear the track 'The Eschatologist' here:

You can see Achren live here:
Saturday 28th June – The Hairy Dog, Derby
Friday 22nd August – Beermageddon 2014, Stoke Prior Sports & Country Club

'The White Death' Track list:
The Eschatologist
Suomen Susi (The Finnish Wolf)

Achren are:
Scott Anderson – Vocals/Guitars
Callum Kirk – Guitars
John Clark Paterson – Bass Guitar
Ryan Shepherd – Drums

Achren Online:
Official Website:

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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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