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'Maledictum' is the second full length from Swedish Black Metal trio 'Flagellant' and follow up to 2010's debut 'Monuments'. They are also another of those bands that like to surround themselves in an air of dark mystery by being known only by an initial, J on drums, S on Guitars and E on Bass..

Opening track, 'From The Abyss They Shine' begins with a haunting, atmosphere building sound- scape for the first minute before switching to the distorted abrasive guitars and harsh vocals that will make up the core of the album. The classic Black Metal plodding beat to the construct gets your head nodding immediately.

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Maintaining classic Black Metal rhythms but upping the tempo, the album continues with 'Towers Of Silence', a varied and interesting track with several direction and tempo changes. 'Necromantic Revelations' has hypnotic distorted repeat rhythms overlaid with harsh blackened vocals.

There is a very epic and urgent feel to the chugging repeat riffs and crashing cymbals in the opening of 'Domini Canes'. As the pace picks up midway the sense of urgency increases creating a powerful and engulfing track.

'A Rebirth Of Sterility' begins with a slower, bleak, haunting repeat riff for the first minute before developing into a more intense spiralling repeat riff pattern. Again the harsh relentless vocals are overlaid to powerful effect.

On 'Horned Shadows Rise', bleak, ominous, distorted riffs rise and fall beneath excellent, intense, harsh and sometimes even hateful and scathing vocals. Tempo and direction changes make this one the best of the seven minute plus, marathon length tracks.

A brief soundscape opener on 'Rousing The Serpent' before breaking into a catchy riff that keeps re-emerging throughout the track. The good use of tempo change throughout keeps you interested, making this my my favourite track on the album. It is also not too long, some of the seven minute tracks could have got away with being a minute or so shorter.

When the final track, 'Thirteen Cauldrons Boil 'began I didn't think I was going to like it. Initially it sounded disjointed and a little discordant but as the pace picked up and it opened out to become the fastest track on the album with even the vocals reaching breakneck speed, it suddenly made sense. A fast paced and exciting finale to the album. The final minute closes on a rather scary spoken outro. Marvellous!

I felt throughout the album there was a bit of an early Burzum influence to the guitars while the vocals anchored their style to its Swedish roots, something I liked a lot. The album is quite a challenging listen but I believe Black Metal should be just that.

Musically it isn't ground breaking, just straightforward Black Metal, but it is good, very good in fact and when you can produce an album of this quality why bother to try and get too technical or clever. It is just an excellent amalgamation of straightforward abrasive, melodic guitars and harsh, resonating vocals presented in a traditional style, so what more could you ask? Personally, I really enjoyed 'Maledictum'.

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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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