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  UNTIL DAWN
'Horizon'
(Independent)


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Jools Green



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Canadian Metal/hard rock band Until Dawn hail from Fort McMurray, Alberta. It's not a place that's exactly known for its musical excellence but that isn't something to discourage these guys, on the contrary, and with their latest release, 'Horizon', the follow to 2011s debut self titled full length, they could well put Fort McMurray on the music map.

They started working on 'Horizon' two years ago and the title reflects that as a touring band they are always looking into the horizon, towards the next show. This time and effort is immediately apparent on your first listen, with a polished, high quality finish to all aspects of the end product.

Sound-wise it is a mix of modern Metal and classic rock, brimming with intense energy, catchy guitar riffs, creating a sound that should appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners. It is mainstream enough to have wide appeal but intense and ballsy enough to also appeal to the melodic metal fans and with a sound that would, I think, translate well live because of the high levels of energy and excitement encompassed within it.

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Thirteen tracks in total, all highly listenable, with a few standout tracks that made a real impact on me. One of these tracks, 'This Fallen Fortress', was released prior to the album as a single and expresses what it was like for the band trying to break out and showcase their music to a larger audience and of gaining strength through confronting life's obstacles.

It's a track that sat well with me from the offset, it has a fabulous bass opener and it's powerful, as are a lot of the tracks on the album and was one of a couple that inexplicably made the hair stand up on the back of my neck, as did 'A Conjurer Of Cheap Tricks', which is awash with powerful riffs and carries a strong message.

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Other noteworthy tracks are 'Roamers And Lurkers', exciting, with a catchy memorable riff, 'Strings Of The Dammed' with a slower tempo, a bit of a groove and great picking elements, 'DNR', a gutsy and powerful ballad that is lyrically harrowing, about the lonely and confused end of someone's life and finally 'Horizon', the title track which has a slower tempo to the greater part that is balanced against quickly delivered vocals with an up-tempo chorus and a reflective quality.

Across all the tracks the vocals are excellent, harsh, gravelly edged, yet melodic, powerful and lyrically crystal clear, also on 'The Red Sun Rises This Day' when the vocals take on an emotive touch they are strong and not soppy. Also the guitar work is stunning throughout with a lot of variety and a good amount of tasty solos.

Something really struck a chord with me with this album, despite it being much less extreme than my usual face ripping brand of music. It may not be extreme but it is very ballsy and great to listen to; a quality release.




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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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