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  ANOMALLY/WHILE THE GODS SLEEP
EP
(Self Released)


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Jools Green



while gods sleep

The Portuguese Azores, this time the Island of Terceria, seems to me to be an absolute gold mine of undiscovered Metal talent. The latest band brought to my attention is Anomally and their EP 'While The God's Sleep' which is the follow up to their, 2008 full length 'Once In Hell….'

A six piece whose sound is best described as Melodic Death with a touch of Black Metal. A mix that gives a slightly gothic, symphonic edge, with melody and groove running through yet still maintaining that all too important aggressive element, which comes largely from the excellent harsh vocals.

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The band modestly describe their music as "Not the most original fusion", but I personally think they do put their own unique and original twist to this combination. It is not a concept EP but the main idea behind it is, "As time passes and the Gods sleep, Man is his own God creating his own rules and subduing all around him to his will." This is the common thread which runs through all the tracks.

The EP consists of six tracks, each of which takes a slightly different slant on the fusion of genres, opening with 'Controlled by Oppression' a mix of chugging guitars, subtle keyboards and an occasional technical twist to the guitars. The track also features the guest vocals of 'Escola Básica e Integrada Tomás De Borba choir', adding to a great opening track.

On 'Redrum' Miguel Aguiar's emotive keyboards add huge amounts of atmosphere to the chorus of the track. There is also a great guitar solo towards the end. I love the slower guitar work which gradually builds giving an intense feel to the track 'Cold' before the vocals begin. The track features guest vocals of Flávio Silva (Oblique Rain) whose powerful cleans are a perfect balance to the harsh growls of Nelson Leal and although a difficult choice, probably my favourite track.

Also featuring guest vocals, this time from Michael Sousa (R.A.M), the slower atmospheric 'Pandoras Box' which gains much of its atmosphere from the extended intro which goes on to shape the body of the track forming a catchy groove, with the harsh vocals as an excellent contrasting balance. 'From Lust', a short instrumental prelude that builds before moving seamlessly into the final track, '..To Screams'. Keyboards lead the track as it builds further, before the final onslaught of harsh vocals and melodic guitars giving a powerful and emotive end to the EP.

‘While The God’s Sleep’ is a great EP. I was blown away by the excellent vocals but the guitars, drum work and keyboards are of an almost equally high standard. The more I listen the more I love this.

If you like Melodeath with a blackened/ gothic edge I highly recommend giving it a listen.

Recorded at Wayward Studios, mixed at Studio Fredman by Fredrik Nordstrom and mastered by Peter In De Betou. Cover illustrations are by Marcello Vasco P2RDesign.

‘While the Gods Sleep’ is out now. Contact: merchandise@anomally.com to buy a copy.

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22.2.13





WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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