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'In Tongues'
(Nuclear Blast/Good Fight Music)

jools green

Jools Green

dark sermon in tongues

Although 'In Tongues' is the debut release from Floridian, blackened death Metal band Dark Sermon, they haven't held anything back. This album is about as intense as it gets, face ripping riffs, pummelling drum work, brutal vocals which are consistently good throughout and a great technical edge also.

Aside from the sheer brutality, the tracks are brilliantly constructed, attention has been paid to the phrasing and as much care has been given to what has been left out as to what has been put in, a good balance between the brutal and the technical, so the result is still brutal and exciting but also catchy and easy to listen to.

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Opening track, 'The Shepherd's Staff', is intense and upon you before you even know what's happening, you are caught up in the excitement immediately, great technical elements, a fabulous solo and multi layered brutal vocals. Stunning and intense drum work is very much to the forefront of 'Imperfect Contrition' dropping away briefly and reflectively before building back up to some great guitar work midway.

On 'Hounds', a well placed drop away segments adds more punch to the intense elements and yet another great solo segment.

'The Scales Of Justice' begins quietly before building in volume and intensity, the track rushing right at you, excellent spiralling technical riffs over dark chugging, the spoken sound bite adding much to the overall feel of the track also. The pace quickens a little for 'Cursed' and you are treated to a sexy little technical bass solo midway, overlaid with sinister whispering vocals.

Can this album get any better? Yes it can! In the shape of 'Forfeit I: The Crooked Quill', blackened, brutal and yet another stunning solo! Another dark track, 'Forfeit II: Worn Thin', where the guitar work has an ominous feel and the lyrics are wonderfully harrowing and dark.

'The Tree Of New Life' is slower, drawn out, with a drum rich intro, building slowly with some ominous and reflective segments before opening up to an audio onslaught, also with some great technical elements amongst the brutal vocals and precise effective drum work.

On 'Carcass', blackened, sinister and ominous riffs build in speed, on top of this, the phrasing, the vocals and the drum work all serve to render this track an exciting listen. If the last opener wasn't blackened and ominous enough for you then 'Testament' should satisfy your desires before building, gradually and darkly to a spiralling riff fest, ending in a short sharp little solo.

On the final, title track, a six and a half minute monster, 'In Tongues', all the stops are pulled, right from the opening build through to the blackened riffs, blistering drum work and brutal vocals, a track awash with dark ominous sinister passion, winding and weaving with the rise, fall and directional change of the tempo and just in case you haven't had enough, a final solo. I also loved the way you are lead out with a great little military style drumbeat - a fabulous finish!

There is no way I can choose a favourite track as when the next track arrives, it is my new favourite, such is the standard of quality. With a first release of this magnitude I can't help wonder where Dark Sermon will go from here. Hopefully from strength to strength - truly an impressive beginning.

'In Tongues' is out now.

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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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