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  IMMOLATION
'Kingdom Of Conspiracy'
(Nuclear Blast)


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Jools Green



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'Kingdom Of Conspiracy' is the ninth full length from New York Death Metal quartet Immolation, the follow-up to 2010s, 'Majesty And Decay'.

The first thing to mention is the simple yet very dark and powerful cover art by Pär Olofsson, (Immortal, The Faceless) consisting of figures, all bound and chained, their eyes and mouths sewn shut, the aim, to symbolically show the restriction of speech and the intentional blinding of the masses.

The huge structure behind them is also cleverly made up of more of the same figures to represent the growing security state and how it is slowly and methodically consuming and controlling everyone, the intention, to give an Orwellian feel, which does tie in very well with the album as it is a very dark offering indeed, particularly from a lyrical perspective, dealing with the world today and the slow unravelling and breakdown of our societies and the systems and structures behind them, painting a very bleak picture of the state of modern society with each track covering a symptom of the breakdown and human failings which have caused it.

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Opening with title track, 'Kingdom Of Conspiracy' which has a slight disharmonious riff to its construct and kindles an unsettled feeling and right from the opening lines, "Feeding ourselves to the structure, striving for all that is wrong..." the lyrics just add to this feeling.

'Bound To Order' charges brutally forward but has segments which have a rather nice, dark, catchy underlying groove to them while 'Keep The Silence' beats its way forward with military precision, with driving rhythms and lyrics that warn: "If we look away from the danger, it will only get stronger."

Steady, spiralling guitars which take on an exotic feel at times on 'God Complex'. A slower almost menacing tempo to 'Echoes Of Despair', made even darker with the addition of the brutal vocals.

'Indoctrinate' is dark and awash with paranoia and despair and the message is summed up in the line: "What a terrible time to be brought into this world", with a rather good, darkly emotive guitar segment towards the latter part of the track. A blackened and sorrowful intro on 'The Great Sleep' that expands out into a slow hypnotic rhythm which oozes sadness and despair, a powerful and memorable track. Crushing and intense rhythms balance well against the harsh vocals on 'A Spectacle Of Lies', a great track also.

'Serving Divinity' is packed with intense throbbing rhythms, the drums and guitars are almost doing battle with each other, brilliant! The last track, 'All That Awaits Us' is crushing, intense and rhythmically haunting to the final note and the final line: "Close your eyes, embrace a darkness without end", makes a powerful ending comment.

'Kingdom Of Conspiracy' was recorded at Sound Studios in Millbrook, New York with producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Decrepit Birth, Suffocation). I do like this album, a lot as it maintains the standards set by their last offering, 'Majesty And Decay', which I also enjoyed and the production is good but not over worked so you don't lose any of the density of sound.

This is an album of ten oppressively crushing, excellent tracks, featuring great guitars, powerfully precise drum work, strong brutal vocals and on top of all that, excellent lyrics which had a big impact on me, painting a bleak image of the current state of life and humanity. This album gives you a lot to think about.




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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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