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If ever there was an album that was trying to cram a pint into a half pint glass, 'IV' is it. There are bits of thrash Metal, death Metal and seemingly every other sort of Metal thrown into its pot along with a fair dollop of shred too, most notably on 'Auctioneer Of Souls' (with its claimed twenty guitarists). The vocals illustrate this perfectly: they alternate between black grunting, a Rammsteinesque baritone and clean and octave scaling, sometimes in the same song, which gets a tad irritating.


This scatter gun approach does not work all the time, leaving the album a little unsatisfying, but there are killer tracks nonetheless.

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Oh yes, try 'The Wake Of Betrayal', 'What Have I', with its STP drive, and 'Samsara' - they are all high quality neighbour baiters. 'Hands Of The Wicked' has a nice middle eastern thing going on, and opener 'Diabolical' sets the pace, leaving you in no doubt that what is to follow will be pretty damn solid.

Other tracks have you wishing the band would stop being so clever, let the song off its leash, put their heads down and just go for it. To be honest, there are no bad tracks on 'IV', but nor are there enough grit grabbers to make it the top notch Metal album that SBT wants it to be.

The talent of Single Bullet Theory is not in doubt here and, rather than wasting time proving an established point, a tighter focus would have seen the band create the killer album they are obviously more than capable of producing.

'IV' is no bad effort, perhaps it is a bit of an intense smorgasbord of styles that prevents the album from finding a groove and keeping it, but if they can remedy that, then their next album will be an absolute monster and Single Bullet Theory major stage contenders.

I think the boys can stow their last bullets for now.




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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