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Arms and the Covenant

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Jools Green


My first impression of Arms and the Covenant, the debut release from British Metal act, Collapse, is one of excitement as this is seriously good album. It follows their EP, 'Scar the Silence' and they certainly don’t take any prisoners. .

Their sound is a mix of traditional European melodic and U.S thrash groove metal, with their own unique twist added to the mix. The result is absolutely killer with fast brutal riffs, massive grooves, killer drum work and excellent, vicious, grab you by the throat and shake the life out of you vocals. There is a slight feeling of familiarity to the sound, which I find a tiny bit unnerving, but at the same time really like it because it is done so well.

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The moment the opening track 'Arms and the Covenant' begins, fast vicious drumming and a catchy riff overwhelm you with excitement and intensity so hold on tight because you have thirty seven minutes of this to get through.

Building in intensity and speed as it opens, and switching between catchy head banging riffs and brutal fury 'The Cursed' continues the excitement. The distant sounding opener is like a forewarning for the ensuing brutality that is to follow in 'The Death of Man'.

'Resurrecting God' is a slow, sinister, guitar lead instrumental that leads you straight into 'Acolyte', the first twenty seconds of which is an absolute face ripping riff-fest that blossoms into a fast catchy track. 'Bloodlet' has a military style drum beat opener with a slower tempo; stuffed full of catchy riffs and a bit groove going on, I love it.

The dark sinister chugging riffs, powerful vocal roars and spoken element on 'Follow' combine to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.

The mix of a catchy groove and powerful drum work on 'Of Iron' make yet another exciting track. I particularly loved the vocal layering on the chorus. For 'Attrition' the pace goes all the way up to maximum again.

It is always a brave, and often an ill judged move to do a cover track, particularly one as high profiled as Carcass’s 'Heartwork'. Collapse have not only pulled it off they have done such an amazing job I might even just prefer this version, if I dare say that.

Arms and the Covenant is an awesome album which is quite an achievement given that the band have only been together for four years. Collapse are destined to make a massive impact on the British metal scene. As a debut album I can’t fault it, it ticks all the boxes, with material like this, their future is looking bright. I recommend giving this a listen.

Arms and the Covenant is released on 1st of April on Transcend Music.

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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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