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'Human Dictionary'
(One Alliance Entertainment)

Phil Kane

phil kane

Empires Of Eden Channelling The Infinite

It will be argued, and with some justification, that a review of 'Human Dictionary' does not belong on MetalTalk; arguably justifiable but sadly mistaken.

No, it is not Metal by any stretch of the imagination, it should nonetheless be given a minute or two because it is still rock n' roll, and it don't matter what flavour it is, rock n' roll is still, er, rock n' roll. When you are Metalled out and in need of something different that won't hurt your street cred, then I think this album might just hit the mark.

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Overall the spin of this album is the sunshiny happy groove of eighties alt popters such as Orange Juice, The Bluebells and Lightning Seeds. 'Human Dictionary' can be quite whimsical in places such as the bright jangle of 'One Jumps In', 'Sing To Me' and 'Don't Blink (There Was A Time)' but then the more (comparatively speaking) aggressive 'The Feeling', 'Find Me', the title track and the darker 'Watching You Drown' bear their teeth but not so much as to knocks the album out of joint.

With 'Human Dictionary', New Yorker outfit The Given Motion have created quite an enchanting mix of catchy alt pop, rock and Americana. The band seems to have shunned overdubs and studio effects preferring to keep things simple and nicely striped back. With an original sound that is certain to get noticed, the album whispers of massive potential and a very bright future.

It is not going to be everyone's cup of tea and those with 'very Metal' spelt in studs across their foreheads will absolutely fucking hate 'Human Dictionary'.

In the meantime, the rest of us will find that its charms are best experienced on a lazy sunny afternoon when all you want is something to listen to as you melt in the heat.




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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