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'Hideous Rot'

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Jools Green


'Hideous Rot', the debut MCD from Philadelphia's Masada, is destined to be one of those albums you will either other love or hate; it is very different, wildly eclectic but decidedly fascinating. The band consists of current and former members of Immolation, Goreaphobia, Crucifer and Rellik.

It's death Metal, very unpolished and at times aggressive but with an interesting twist to it in the form of a slight progressive, technical edge to the construct, also although only consisting of five tracks and spanning just fifteen minutes it is packed with some unusual riffs and some pretty weird harmonies which manage to work so well together.

Vocally Cazz delivers a pretty generic death Metal growl, but it is well executed and anything else would be too much next to the complex guitar and drum work and his vocals also serve to garnish and enhance the instrumentation rather than being a focal point.

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The two older of the tracks were recorded as a four piece with drummer Craig Smilowski (ex Immolation, ex Goreaphobia, Rellik,) and bassist Matt Dwyer (Rellik) and were originally featured on the 'Suffer Mental Decay' demo; the drum heavy 'Suffer Mental Decay', with rasping vocals that rip through you, a dark and sinister track with strong progressive overtones, and 'Toxic Unreality' pounding and intense with some unusual riff patterns worked into the construct and a wonderful hollow echo to the vocals. Of all of the five the tracks, I liked these two the best.

The three new tracks were recorded as a two piece with vocalist Cazz 'The Black Lourde of Crucifixion' Grant (Crucifier) covering drum duties and band founder and guitarist Chris Milewski covering bass; 'Hideous Cerebral Pulp' has chugging riffs that rise and fall, a track with a great edge of the seat horror feel to it.
'Exist To Riot' has a dark, sinister and intense progressive edge to its sound. These two tracks almost seem to flow together; on the first few listens I actually didn't realise the track had changed.

There is also one wild card track, 'Fluteotherapy', a highly bizarre, yet fascinating, almost instrumental contribution from Clive Jones of The 70s occult rock band Black Widow. I did find it a little odd that this was included being so far removed from the other tracks but this is an unusual MCD.

I think overall this is a pretty good album, it's certainly unusual and it demonstrates a lot of potential for future longer endeavours. Not a bad way to spend fifteen minutes of your time.

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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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