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'Mock The Weak'
(Rising records)

Jools Green

jools green

fourth autumn mock the weak

For starters, Fourth Autumn are a four piece, blackened Death Metal band, from Newport, Wales consisting of; Daniel Cousins on drums and vocals, Julian Cousins on guitars and vocals, Jason Robinson on lead guitar and Chris Phillips on Bass. 'Mock The Weak' is their first album and to say that it is an impressive offering is an understatement, in my opinion! I was completely blown away by it!!

There's always something that makes an impression on me on the first listen of an album and with this one it was the maniacal percussive explosions of awesome drumming. Combine that with the frantic crushing guitars and it makes for an absolute face melting sound. I do have a particular passion for blackened Death Metal so maybe I am biased.

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I liked also the fact that there were two vocalists. The combination of screams and growls adds further depth and interest. I would not have liked the album half as much had there only been screams just because I have a preference for deeper growly vocals.

The first track, 'Rotting Hill' is a brutal opener and further into the album I got the more I liked it.

Ten excellent tracks with enough variation to keep me interested to the end, with an abundance of guitar solos scattered throughout to top it off. Definitely a 'Behemoth' influence to the sound and it reminded me a little of 'Lost Soul' at times, in fact if asked I would have said that I thought Fourth Autumn were a Polish band, had I not known they were from Wales.

Another thing that I really liked was the black humour in the song titles and the lyrics, particularly 'Rigor Mortis (Makes Me Stiff)'. A sure sign that although they are serious about their music they don't take themselves too seriously and that's got to be a good thing.

So, there you have it - all in all, excellent. Go buy it!!




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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