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'Homo Hereticus'
(Masterful Records)

Jools Green

jools green

the wretched end inroads

There's no mistaking where these guys are from: the first thing that comes to mind when you listen to Sphere is they are unmistakably Polish in their sound, grounded in Death Metal but with a blackened edge to it and in places, a bit of a groove too. Formed in 2002 and consisting of Analripper on vocals, Lucas on guitars, Cthulhu also on guitars, Th0rn on drums and Burning on bass, 'Homo Hereticus' is the band's second full length album, the previous being 'Damned Souls Rituals' in 2007.

I do like this album and the more I listen, the more I like it, also the further into the album you get the better it gets. Strong influences of Vader and Immolation are noticeable. The things that really impressed me with this album were both the lyrics and phenomenal drum work, both of which were consistently excellent throughout the album.

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Opening with 'Forever Sworn To Blasphemy', you are introduced to the album's 'Vaderesque' vocal style and chugging guitar sound. The lyrics on this track and the subsequent track, 'Godless Profanity', are both examples of the clever lyrics that have made a positive impression on me.

Moving further into the album the pace begins to pick up with 'Holistic Paralysis' and 'Psalm To The Dark One', both catchy with plenty of tempo change to keep your interest on the music. 'Homo Hereticus' is another track with plenty going on, with bold lyrics that challenge religious dogma.

The sinister 'Vengeance's Core', with its atmospheric intro that suddenly opens to a terrifying yell, will have the hair on the back of your neck standing up on end. Continuing in that vein is 'Devil's Reunion', surreal, sinister lyrics with a delightful technical feel to the guitars.

The penultimate track 'Beyond The Madness Of Gods' opens with an 'in your face' roar from the vocals and is a catchy, chugging track. The album concludes with 'War', a blistering barrage of Death Metal excellence.

The album was recorded in ZED Studio by Tomek Zalewski, artwork created by vocalist Analripper in cooperation with Kaos. All of the samples and intros for 'Homo Hereticus' were recorded by Andy Blakk.

'Homo Hereticus' is available now on Masterful Records, limited to 666 copies so if you want one you had better be quick.




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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