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'Los Asesinos Del Sur'
(Ataman Productions)

Jools Green

jools green

the wretched end inroads

Formed in 1997, Poland's Stillborn are, besides being as brutal as hell, fascinating because all four of their full lengths have been of a Spanish theme, an unusual choice given their Polish heritage. The band, consisting of Ataman Tolovy on bass/vocals, Killer on guitar/vocals, Rzulty on guitars and August on drums, create their own unique style of brutal blackened Death Metal and it's not for the faint hearted.

Their latest album 'Los Asesinos Del Sur'(The Murderers Of The South) is a punishing offering. Opening with 'Overture .966', a hate filled forewarning to the listener of imminent destruction, a piercing single note, air raid sirens and slow sinister guitars begin the terror.

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After just over a minute we are into 'Hymn Of Destruction', the pace picks up and the mega fast riffing creates and maintains the sinister atmosphere which continues throughout the album. I love the tempo change before the chorus and the screaming guitars on this track.

The brutish 'Diamonds Of The Last Water' is one of my favourite tracks of the album. I love the raw vocals throughout this album and this track shows the two vocalists at their best. 'Antonym' is another favourite track of mine: chugging guitars with the catchiest riff ever!

Still blackened but with a thrashier feel is 'Son Of The Holy Motherfucker', catchy title, catchy riffs and with a closing line of "You will be assimilated, resistance is futile". I love it.

One track on the album is a bit of a wild card because it doesn't seem to be part of the Spanish theme which runs throughout the album. 'Kot Wolanda' (Cat Woland), inspired, I think, by the Russian satirical novel 'The Master And Margarita' by Bulgakov, is the only one that is sung in the band's native Polish, but still an excellent track.

The album title track, 'Los Asesinos Del Sur' (The Murderers Of The South), is a tale of horror and murder in the name of religion, my absolute favourite and at six minutes is the longest track on the album and is an absolute brutal anthem. The scene setting spoken intro of terrifying proportions precedes crashing cymbals, a sinister chugging repeat intro and the opening line: "Something always lies South of Dawn and Dusk" before the full brutality opens up before you. It's fast, thrashy and devastatingly catchy.

The album cover artwork, very surreal in its nature, by Polish artist Kamil Kukla, fits in perfectly with the lyrics which I also found very surreal.

I could go on and on about this album, ten outstanding tracks of brutal excellence. This band are so underrated it is a crime, as is much of the excellent Metal from Poland.

Very listenable!




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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