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If you're a fan of the more extreme Metal bands, then Achren is a band that should be on your list. Hailed as "underground titans", they have built up a reputation as one of Scotland's best live acts and are the originators of the Blood Metal genre and easily fit onto the bill with Hypocrisy tonight, with a set which proves that not only are they a highly polished band but they could quite easily be headlining tonight – such was the power and enthusiasm of their performance.

In fact, such was the strength of the band's performance tonight, I felt that it was a shame to simply give them as a few lines at the bottom of the Hypocrispy review when the band are more than capable of holding their own and should have a full review to themselves. So here it is.

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There was no warning before the band burst onto the stage with 'Impaled', and even though Scott Anderson's vocals got lost in the mix during the first number, but it wasn't long before the soundman corrected the issue and the vocals came through loud and clear.

Stand-in drummer Quzzy is a solid unit and pounds the drum skins with the precision and timing of a metronome whilst there's a fantastic solo from guitarist Callum Kirk during the second number, 'Pestilence'.


Driving through 'Archangel' and 'Manuel's Mile' (about Anderson's favourite serial killer, apparently!) the band storm through the former, a fast and furious number with bass player John Clark Paterson succeeding in getting the crowd involved, as Anderson looks delighted with the response from the crowd, whilst the latter track slows the pace down slightly, it's still played at a speed that other Metal bands would still struggle to match.

A new song aired tonight - 'The Eschahtologist' is another great track and is certainly one of my favourites from the bands short set tonight, but we're also treated to an astounding rendition of their track 'Bloodsoaked Banner', a song which Anderson notes that the audience should know, and the headbangers down the front certainly gave it their all before the band wraps up their short set to a very well deserved reception from the audience.


The Achren faithful saw the band on top form tonight, and for those who hadn't seen them seen them before, they had a glimpse of how good this band can really be live in the flesh. What's very clear from tonight's performance is that this is one band who are on the rise and with an upcoming slot at this year's Les-Fest (Scotland's only Rock and Metal Festival) alongside Evile, Def-Con One, Primitai, Furyon and Monument, the band's fan base certainly has a lot to look forward too.


Set List
Manuel's Mile
The Eschahtologist
Forgotten King
Suonen Susi
Bloodsoaked Banner


You can catch Achren live here:
Saturday 29th June – Les Fest 2013, Lesmahagow

Band Members:
Scott Anderson – Vocals/Guitars
Callum Kirk – Guitars
John Clark Paterson – Bass
Quzzy – Drums

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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