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'The Witchhunt'
(FDA Rekotz)

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Jools Green


'The Witchhunt' is the twelfth full length from death Metal trio Master, whose music history spans in excess of twenty five years and whose founder, Paul Speckmann, is considered by many a death Metal pioneer and is highly influential on the genre.

If you are expecting anything flashy or technical from Master, who still consist of the same line-up as on the last six albums, Paul Speckmann on vocals, Alex Nejezchleba on guitars and Zdenek Pradlovsky on drums, you will be disappointed. There are no gimmicks or technical twiddling, but what is on offer is honest, classic, and catchy old school death Metal played with bags of intensity and attitude, standing in defiance of all past and present trends.

Every track is blazing with energy and most importantly, fun.

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Paul's vocals have always been somewhat unique, a fabulous gut-wrenching, growling snarl that defines the overall band sound, the drums are excellent, prominent and competently executed but not overbearing and the impressive quality from the guitars comes from being so fast and vigorous.

Master have perfected over the years the right formula for no frills death Metal and this is a perfectly balanced, intense offering, end to end.

Track wise, the album makes for a great listen across all eleven tracks, no warm up intro, just straight in and down to business, an intense listen from start to finish with no strong favourites but no duff ones either, however some certainly require a specific mention.


The opening and title track, 'The Witchhunt', has such an intense pace it makes you feel you feel like you are the one being chased and hunted. 'Waiting To Die' has a sinister opener and I loved how the drums play a big part of the build before the track settles down to a catchy plodding rhythm; there is also a crazy paced thrashy guitar break towards the end.

On 'The Parable' I loved the tempo shifts between chorus and verse. 'Remove The Clowns' has a good, intense pace and punchy chorus with nice dirty guitar break in the latter part. 'Raise Your Sword' starts as an intense plod before turning into an insane paced chunk of musical mastery garnished with possibly the best solo of the album.

Finally, 'Wipe Out The Aggressor' is five minutes of crazy excitement.

The rather sinister yet impressive artwork for 'The Witchhunt' is by ArtWars Media Design and the album is available on digital, CD and white, black or blue vinyl formats.

If you like death Metal old school, in your face, politically-charged and in the bands words, "pissed-off", you will love this. I certainly do; it is such a great listen!

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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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