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'The Inherited Repression'
(Nuclear Blast)

Jools Green

jools green

psycroptic the inherited represssion

Tasmania's 'Psycroptic' have come a long way since their formation in 1999 and their first release, 'The Isle Of Disenchantment' in 2001. 'The Inherited Repression' is their fifth studio album and the band have made a massive progression from their last studio album, 'Ob(servant)' (2008).

It's much more complex, more dynamic and has better vocals. Musically they have managed to maintain a solid structure, something that can sometimes be lacking in a Technical Death album, particularly if a band tries to get too technical, but these guys have got it just right with this album.

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It's Technical Metal but with more of a 'groove' to it, giving a polished, sophisticated feel. They have completely surpassed my expectations.

The band consist of Jason Peppiatt on vocals, who has really worked on his vocal performance since the last album, Joe Haley on guitars, an absolute riff master, perfectly complemented by David Haley's precise drumming and Cameron Grant on bass. Musically they are a really tight unit. Their genuine love of writing, creating and performing music is evident in the final product.

This is an album of nine excellent tracks and there are none I would skip.

It starts with 'Carriers Of The Plague', fast precise riffs balanced with powerful vocals and an absolute belter of an opening track. The album continues in this manner and is very listenable from start to finish.

Another track which stood out for me and is possibly my favourite was 'Euphorinasia' which begins with an 'exotic' acoustic opening which suddenly bursts into an absolute 'face ripper' of a track.

Also 'Unmasking the Traitors' stood out from a lyrical perspective with me. Often I find myself disregarding the lyrical content because my mind is concentrating on other aspects with Technical Metal, but not this time.

The theme, a situation many can relate to; that of deception and treachery.

The album ends with 'The Sleepers Have Awoken' which has a slightly slower tempo. A good end to the album and one that had me hitting the play button to listen all over again.

This album will be on my favourites list for a long while. For me, an extreme Metal masterpiece! I love it!

I will be catching them on their UK tour in February and am looking forward to seeing the live performance.




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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