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Jools Green


After their self titled demo in 2012, which received positive reviews, Swedish Death/ Thrashers 'Dethrone' have now released their debut full length album 'Humanity'. Their aim with this album is to offer a straight forward, intense and aggressive Metal, inspired by bands such as (early) The Haunted, Defleshed and Witchery.

So the question is, does 'Humanity' live up to the bands promise? The simple answer is YES. From the opening note on 'Dead Eyes Open' you are swept away on an intense wave of sound powerfully garnished with harsh abrasive vocals. With virtually no gap, the next track, 'Blood Read Dawn' comes at you like a mighty punch to the face from such vocal aggression. You do get a split second to catch your breath mid way but make the most of it because the next track is on you before you know it. Impressively, the intense chugging riffs and abrasive vocals are maintained consistently and the latter end of 'Deathwish' has a nice little underlying groove to it.

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The pace seems to pick up even faster with some wonderful spiralling riff patterns on 'Greed' which make you feel like you are on some crazy out of control rollercoaster ride. The tempo does drop down a touch towards the latter end of the track, but it still remains exciting, intense listening. 'Forced Paranoia' still maintains the intensity with the addition of some wonderful deep screaming vocals and an interesting drop away in the second half with intense spoken lyrics.

The first of the two longer tracks, 'Towards the Abyss' in the first minute is much slower and more pondering , making you almost fear what is to come. This panned out to be as equally a brutal track as its predecessors yet at the same time beautifully emotive and there was something a little extra that made it, for me, stand out above the others and given the standard of the previous offerings, quite an achievement . I also suddenly noticed on this track just how impressive the drum work was.

Next, 'Blessed by the Light of Dying' and the album is still working for me, all the boxes are still well and truly ticked and another great little groove pops up in the latter half. 'Hell Before Hell' boasts choppy riffs, giving a frantic and exciting feel, military drum beats towards the end and then topped off with a great solo.

Opening with drums and a huge guitar squeal before the final brutal assault on your senses, 'When I Decide' is the longest track at over seven minutes but still captures and holds your attention because there is a lot of tempo and direction change so you can't be quite sure where it will take you. There is a tranquil and reflective moment midway, before the pace picks up but not to previous levels of intensity, prepare for some excellent guitar work as this final track draws to a fade out close.

This is one hell of an album, a dangerously exciting listen. To say that I loved it would be an understatement!

'Humanity' was recorded and mixed at Hoborec, with Ulf Blomberg, mastered by Peter In de Betou at Tailor Maid and the album cover, which looks great, is hand painted by Joakim Vestlund . 'Humanity' is available to buy from bandcamp as a digital down load.

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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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