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'The Wasteland' EP
(Turkey Vulture Records/Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group Distribution)

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Jools Green

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It's interesting the way that creating music under potentially dangerous circumstances seems to bring out the best in musicians, defiance seemingly aiding their creativity. The EP 'The Wasteland', the debut release from Iranian death Metal outfit Cursed Kingdom is another one of those examples.

Cursed Kingdom were formed by Saman Alimadadi, guitarist/bassist and Amir Hosein Amiri, guitarist, in 2011, then later joined by Keyvan Mousavi on drums and Ali Esfahani, vocalist, to record their single 'Gerdab' in 2011, with Persian lyrics.

This EP, with English lyrics, takes them musically to the next level. It's a decent length for an EP, seven tracks and almost twenty five minutes and the musicianship across the tracks is very good. There are some great solos, good vocals and I like how the tracks are constructed.

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Opening with 'To The Wasteland', a beautiful piano led instrumental with a haunting, reflective feel to it. The beginning of 'Black Rider' has that epic, building feel to it, like a battle march, a good forerunner to the powerful and harsh vocals that follow. The track ends on a great guitar solo, the first of many on this EP.

On 'Claw Of Death' blasting drum work complements the guitars and the track ends, interestingly with a sound bite if a guillotine; nice!

Don't get caught out by the simple, haunting guitar opener on 'Chain Of Foolishness', because next minute the sound rushes at you like a tidal wave. A couple of good tempo and direction changes on this, the longest track, keeping things interesting.

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My absolute favourite track of the EP is 'Hatred Hell Within'. Here the vocals are at their very best, the intonation on this particular track I thought were reminiscent of Randy Blythe, a fabulous repeat riff that is simple but so catchy and effective, then brought to a close with another excellent guitar segment, a very exciting track.

'Touch The End' has a galloping, epic feel to the riffs and another sweet solo to the close, a good track.

The final track, 'Reflection Of An Exanimate Sound', a beautiful, reflective and atmospheric guitar led instrumental, overlaid with a sound bite of thunder, a great track and a great finale.

A track is available to listen here:

You can buy the album at iTunes or from Amazon, also in MP3 format.

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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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