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'Tunnel of No Light'
(Pulverised Records)

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Jools Green

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Swedish pessimists 'October Tide' return with their fourth doom drenched offering, 'Tunnel Of No Light', which follows on from their 2010 release 'A Thin Shell' and is guaranteed to drag your dampened soul deeper into the dark abyss of misery.

Matthias Norrman (ex-Katatonia) and Alexander Högbom (Volturyon, Spasmodic) have taken over the bass and vocal duties for this release on which the band take their inspiration from the loosely themed avant-garde artwork by Johannes Nordqvist Högbom. their sound remains as dark, daring, concise and contemporary as ever, maintaining their position as, to quote the band, "The Purveyors of the Unlight".

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Right from the opening note on 'Of wounds to Come' you are bathed in an atmosphere of doom. The vocals kick in and those magnificent harsh rasping growls and screams reach into your chest cavity, rip out your heart and stamp on it. A beautiful beginning followed by the excellent morbid groove to 'Our Constellation', which sits so well with its relentlessly harsh vocals.

'Emptiness Fulfilled' has an almost dark exotic sound to the opening riffs before opening out into a more haunting style, again with more harrowing vocals. You can imagine yourself gazing out over a desolate view as you listen.

The shortest track at just under five minutes is 'Caught in Silence' and can only be described as bleakly beautiful. One of the other things that I love about this album is that although the vocals are harsh they are perfectly comprehensible. There is a slower, almost funereal tempo to, 'The Day I Dissolved' which shapes up to be another beautifully bleak track.

Do I detect an air of misanthropic happiness woven into the riffs on 'Watching the Drowners'? Well that may be an overstatement but it is certainly the most upbeat of these dark offerings.

'In Hopeless Pursuit' has a faster tempo with a dirty almost distorted edge to the riffs which drop away around the midway to an ear shredding, pulsating resonance before chugging riffs and distorted whispering vocals start to bring the pace back up to a melancholic level.

The final track, 'Adoring Ashes' has doom laden riffs with a cleverly, slightly discordant edge in places. There is an excellent mix of harsh growls and screams woven with picked guitar work that eventually tails away to just bass and crashing cymbals creating a magnificently moody end to a magnificent album.

This album is an absolute masterpiece of misery. Every track is fully listenable and the level of musicianship is excellent. This is guaranteed to put a wry misanthropic smile on the face of even the worst of us.

'Tunnel Of No Light' was recorded , mixed and mastered at Black Lounge Studios, Sweden. It was produced/engineered by Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Sonic Syndicate). If you are a fan of Katatonia, Daylight Dies, In Mourning, or Swallow The Sun, you should really enjoy 'Tunnel Of No Light'. The album is available now on Pulverised Records.

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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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