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'VII: Född Förlorare'
(Metal Storm)

Jools Green

jools green

shining vii

The album opens with, 'Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel' (Despair, My Inheritance) the best track, also released as a single and one that will haunt you forever, setting the pace and intentions of the rest of the album.

'Tiden Läker Inga Sår' (time heals no wounds) begins with a beautiful acoustic opening with clean vocals. It cleverly switches throughout between aggressive growls with catchy riffs and reflective melodic vocals accompanied by acoustic segments.

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There is a real 'Blackened' feel to 'Människa O'Avskyvärda Människa' a tale of disgust and despair. It is centrally showcased by an 'old school' guitar solo that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face and encourage an air guitar solo.

Biting guitar riffs combined with aggressive vocal growls sums up 'Tillsammans Är Vi Allt' (Together We Are Everything), not a tale of romance but a love/hate relationship with self-abuse.

'I Nattens Timma' (The Hours Of The Night) is a cover of a song by Swedish progressive rock band Landberk. An easier pace than the other tracks of the album but it has been given the Shining treatment and serves as a beautiful showcase for Kvarforth's clean vocals.

The final track, the sinister and haunting 'KKK', a story of self-disgust and loathing, is another beautiful amalgam of haunting clean and sinister growls intermingled with some 'old school' progressive rock keyboards and it brings the album to a conclusion.

The whole album is excellent - no track skipping needed with this one - and is progressive depressive Black Metal at its best with a clever balance of catchy black 'n roll riffs, haunting piano and acoustic interludes. Weave into this Niklas Kvarforth's magnificent vocals, ranging the full spectrum of powerful growls to clean vocals, this combination makes for a rich musical tapestry.

All songs are sung in Swedish, adding intrigue, but the album's message is clear from the emotion expressed in the vocals. The cleverly crafted concept of the album is also Kvarforth's brainchild. The other main contributors to the album are Fredric Gråby and Peter Huss, both on guitar duties.

The overriding theme of the album, despair, self-hate and death flowing ceaselessly through every track is a winning combination.

Would I recommend it? Indeed I would!! In fact I would go as far as to say it is one of my favourite albums of the year so far, constantly calling me back to listen again and again.




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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