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  TORMENTED
'Death Awaits'
(Listenable Records)


jools green

Jools Green



tormented death awaits

Tormented have been purveyors of old school Swedish death Metal played from the heart and smeared in blood and guts since 2008. Their intention, to play death Metal that they want to hear, something that I believe is the best approach to any musical creation.

'Death Awaits' is their second full length and follow up to their 2009 debut release ' Rotten Death'.

Right from the opening notes on 'Death Awaits' the sound is crushing; the pounding drums , dirty distorted riffs, and harsh yet clear vocals all of which I love and then the lyrics...

"As the hour of doom approaches, raise your hands to the pestilent sky, sinking deeper into the grave that is the world, there will be no shining light as you die... Death Awaits"... Excellent!

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Stepping the pace up a gear for 'Blood Orgy', another great, catchy track and it is difficult not to sing along, as with most of these tracks. The next, 'I.O.T.D', (Incantations Of The Dead) has a slower, drawn out, anticipatory, opener, but then the pace picks up you have another great catchy, dirty riff-rich, track and one of the longer ones with a few tempo drops and a few sinister segments worked into the mix.

The whole album follows a simple but effective and winning formula so every track has that wonderfully memorable catchy element. On 'Insane With Dread' I loved the slower riff segments laid over the top of the faster drum work.

The longest track of the album, 'To Spill Her Blood', has a dark extended opener which filled me with anticipation, the pace is slower and the overall feel is dark and sinister particularly the lyrics, with a spiralling riff that runs throughout the track, everything drops away at the four and a half minute mark to just bass, simple yet so powerfully and darkly emotive.

Powerful drum work awash with crashing cymbals opens 'Funeral Fire'. The drum work is very good throughout the album, but I thought it particularly impressive on this track. A great little sound bite opens 'Into The Crypts Of Death', then the ominous repeat riffs begin, a track that in places, has quite a dark, doom laden feel at times, a delightfully deathly number. Much faster from the start, 'Black Sky', is a dark tale of Armageddon.

The final track 'In The Presence Of Death', another of the longer tracks and another that builds beautifully with an extended intro; every remaining bit of effort, energy and inspiration is piled into this final number, a beautifully phrased track, a dirty repeat riff that is really catchy, some superb drum work and the ever present excellent, harsh vocals.

I absolutely loved 'Death Awaits', from beginning to end it is well written, classic Swedish death Metal at its best, something I will be listening to for a long time to come. There are some albums I can't get enough of and this is one of those.




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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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