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WarCrab are coming to get you! Not giant crustaceans, but the six piece Death Sludge outfit from Plymouth, UK whose original inspiration to form a band came into being on a trip to see Crowbar in 2010.

Three years on and a few line-up changes later and the culmination of their effort has resulted in this, their self titled, self released, debut full length album.

Musically they are influenced by a broad spectrum of Metal; Death, Black, Stoner and Classic but with the overall aim to keep the sound heavy, with an intense, sludgy and oppressively heavy groove that extends across the six tracks of the album, linking them nicely together. As full lengths go this is a compact release at just thirty four minutes long but there's a lot jammed into that time span and it's certainly an album you would happily give a couple of back to back spins.

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Sound wise, it's a brutally sonic, aural assault, particularly the shrill feedback on the extended opener of the longest track 'Spherical Acid World', which serves as an intense scene setter for the track and permeates the full seven minutes for a maximum sensory attack, a stand out track for its brutal factor alone.

They keep their playing style simple and stripped down and there is a density to the sound also which comes from being a larger sized outfit and having three skilfully utilised guitarists. The vocals are good, provided by one of the band's newer recruits, Kane Nelson, whose vocal mix of blackened deep growls and vitriolic hisses adds a dark intensity to the mix. The drum work is good also, not over bearing; it just gets down to the necessary business, no more and no less.


Across all the tracks, which range from a mid pace to slower doom rich pace, a dark oppressive prescience looms, emanating from the mix of the ever present, pounding, sludgy riffs and the intense dirty hypnotic groove. I thought that the tracks seem to get better the further in I got, with WarCrab finding their groove as the album progresses, particularly after the more adventurous guitar break at the end of the second track, the dark, ominous 'Return To Dust'. Happily there are no duff tracks either, all are fully listenable, which is always a bonus.

The final track 'Wither', despite the opening sound bite stating "Chaos reigns" has a slight chill out factor compared to the previous offerings, coming from the stoner quality of the guitar breaks, giving a slightly laidback feel and making it marginally less intense; a great album ender.

The cover artwork made me smile, the oversized crab looming with intended malice, an interesting choice and demonstrating, maybe a touch of humour too, but once you get to hear their music you know they are deadly serious in their intent.

Overall a decent first release.

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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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