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'The 7th Offensive'
(Listenable Records)

jools green

Jools Green


Clocking up two uncompromising decades, Danish death Metal mercenaries Panzerchrist have appropriately named their seventh album 'The 7th Offensive'. For me this is a good choice, given that it is also the title of one of my favourite Bolt Thrower songs, causing my levels of anticipation to run very high indeed.

Their sound has always been consistently at the extreme end of death Metal yet there is always great variety between albums, largely to do with the ever changing line-up from album to album but with the ever constant figure of Michael 'Panzergeneral' Enevoldsen, keeping the ranks of this army tight.

This album sees not only a new vocalist, Søren Tintin Lønholdt, but a new guitarist, Nils Petersen, and a new drummer, Simon Schilling, bravely following after the formidably fast footed Reno Killerich.

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This time around 'The 7th Offensive' reveals a slightly more melodic yet evil approach to the guitars; grey, bleak and sinister and also ultra-guttural, pure death Metal vocals. The album was also recorded at three different studios, the guitars and bass were recorded in the Igloo by HR Swan, drums at AMP studio by Jens Förster and Markus Ziemer and vocals and the final mix were done in Death Island Studio with engineer Marco Angioni.

My first impression was of the stark contrast between the beautiful melodic guitar segments and mega deep and harsh, brutal vocals, both work to enhance the effect of the other, adding huge depth to the overall result. This added melodic aspect, I think will give a broader appeal to more listeners, always a good thing.


It is also hugely exciting for the sheer speed and intensity and for that frantic style that is so uniquely Danish and the brutality of their style of blasting death Metal is still maintained also as the title suggests the inspiration for lyrical themes are once again war.

The album consists of ten excellent, in your face offerings, opening with title track 'The 7th Offensive', intense from the offset and this is relentlessly maintained throughout the album.

Across all the tracks the vocals are good, deep and harsh even if the range is a little bit limited. The guitar work across all the tracks is stunning with some excellent segments and solos.

Touching on some of the albums highlights, 'Dogger Dead' brought a smile to my face because of the witty sound bite in the beginning involving an obviously small dog, for more details, go listen and find out, it proves death Metal bands have a sense of humour.

The first thought that came into my mind when I heard 'Mass Attack Of The Lychantrope Legion' was that the guitars made me think Amon Amarth; a good track nonetheless.

My favourite track has to be 'Kill For Revenge'. I liked the plodding yet crunchy pace and the repeat riff had a hypnotic quality, there were also some very interesting guitar elements. 'Napalm Alarm' stood out for me also because of the injection of varied vocals only found on this deep and intense track. The album squeals to a close with the marching outro 'Pig Parade'.

If you like warmongering death Metal this is an album for you. Finally in the words of the band, "THE WAR IS OVER. LET'S START A NEW ONE. DEATH FOREVER, PANZER!"

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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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