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Until recently I had never heard of the tiny Azores island of São Miguel, geography not being my strong point, then suddenly I discover it is home to quite a broad spectrum of Metal bands including Stampkase, who describe their debut release, 'Mechanorganism', as a blend of modern Metal, which is certainly more mainstream than the usual albums that I review.

The band features two members of the Azorean blackened death Metal band, Sanctus Nosferatu, Nuno Costa on drums and Nuno Carreiro on bass, but the similarity stops there. I liked most things about the album, particularly the chugging riffs and the down tuned, djent edge to the groove.

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The band has two vocalists, both of whom I believe handle the screaming side of the vocal duties which I thought were powerful and well balanced. Also incorporated into the vocal sound are some clean vocals. These for me are the one minor downfall of the album, being the weakest element.

They mostly lacked the strength and power that the harsher vocals possessed. I also thought it gave a slight Emo feel to the sound, something else I am personally not keen on but they did seem to get better as the album progressed.

I much preferred the second half of the album, even though the catchy djent like groove, laced with chugging and fast, furious machine gun riffs running through all the tracks had a constant appeal for me. Stampkase really seem to up their game by their fifth track, 'Faded', with its haunting whispered intro and also the clean vocals were a lot stronger than on the previous tracks.

Best track of the album for me was 'Random Shot', a fast tempo track which comes straight in with the angry screaming vocals and a slight discordant element that really appealed to me. This was also the only track not to feature clean vocals and I felt it had a much more mature feel to it.

I also really liked 'Scintilla', which did feature clean vocals but they were far more powerful and concise in their delivery than on other tracks so really worked well.

Final and title track, 'Mechanorganism', is a bit of a wild card of a track and by far the longest, opening with a very sinister extended intro and almost an instrumental in so much as the few vocals it contains are either spoken or part of the many soundbites that enhance this excellent album ender, which builds in tempo and intensity as the track progresses, a cleverly constructed final piece and another of my favourites.

Ultimately the good outweighed the bad and if you like a modern Metal sound with an emotive element to the vocals you will love this. As first albums go this is a good effort.

'Mechanorganism' was mixed and mastered by Daniel Cardoso (Angelus Apatrida) and is out now. To buy, contact the band via, or

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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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