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'Divergences' is the debut release from Progressive Metalcore quintet 'Damned Spring Fragrantia' from Parma, Italy. It is a brutal, intense and exciting album and completely unrelenting across all ten tracks. My initial impression was and still is after several listens, a very positive one.

As first albums go this is an impressive and ambitious first release,. A very technical, down-tuned offering with strong progressive/math elements in the sound and savagely intense from end to end. The mix of the complex layered riffs, frenetic drum work and elaborate timing is a total assault on your senses.

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I was very surprised to find that the album is close to an hour long. I was so engrossed in its intricacies that I was oblivious of just how much time had passed during my first listen.

Lyrical inspiration for the songs comes from addressing a range of personal struggles, such as the human fight against fate and society's ills. I enjoyed all the elements of the album, guitars, drums and vocals, which were powerful and harsh. If I had to put a critical slant on the lyrics then a little more inflection would improve them further.

I thought every track was good but a few really stood out. 'The Obsidian Fate' for its catchy groove and repeat riff that really complements the more intense down-tuned elements. 'Pariah', which features Heart In Hand vocalist Charlie Holmes and is possibly slightly less complex, with a very slight drop in the tempo and intensity compared to some of the other tracks. Also having the extra vocalist added a lot of variety and interest to the overall sound. The complex repeat riff in the opening minute of 'Drowned in Cyan' was almost hypnotic with emotive intonation to the riffs towards the end.


'The Refusal Effect' is almost melodic in places, I loved this track for the sheer range of elements combined within its construct The final track 'Heritage' which has an intro that builds and builds and is of almost hypnotic quality repeating a riff, the layers of sound becoming more intense as it progresses for a great album ender.

The band take their inspiration from The Acacia Strain and Despised Icon, combined with the fundamental sound of Meshuggah so if you are into those bands you may well finds this an interesting listen. I think 'Divergences' is a first rate debut release.

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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.

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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