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Gehenna were formed in 1993 and were part of the second wave of Norwegian Black Metal, gaining a lot of attention in the Black Metal underground before veering off with a bit of a Death Metal edge to their sound on a couple of their releases, 'Murder' and 'Adimiron Black', before slipping into the shadows for many years, resurfacing in 2005 and returning to their Black Metal roots with 'WW'.

After lurking in the shadows again for another eight years they return with the follow-up to 'WW', in the shape of 'Unravel'.

Their very early releases had a symphonic and almost entrancing quality, but as time progressed their sound became bleaker and darker. With this release, aside from the piano intro on the opening track 'The Decision', that initially hinted there may be a return to more keyboard elements, that aspect is all but gone.

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With this release the sound is doom laden and at times, very bleak, with a harsh blackened edge and the vocals from Skinndød are an even more tortuous gut wrenching gargle than before; I like them a lot.


I am glad that, to a greater extent, they have chosen to progress forward rather than attempt to recreate past glories and produce something that sounds outdated, that doesn't mean the past has been forgotten as title track 'Unravel' gives that hint of a Burzum influence, as does 'Nine Circles Of Torture', the shortest track at under three minutes but one of my favourites; superb drumming, intense guitar riffs, with an early Black Metal feel but with quite an up to date approach.


'Nothing Deserves Worship' has an ominous opening, expanding out into dark and sinister rhythms while 'A Grave Of Thoughts' is bleak, doom laden and tortured with its construct almost monochromatic in tone, also the longest at seven minutes, possibly a touch too long, but a very powerful track that I rather liked.

Intense from the offset, 'Lead To The Pyre' is one of the faster tempo tracks on the album, dense, distorted and unrelenting from end to end with a catchy repeat riff midway.


My favourite track 'End Ritual' has probably the best drumming of the album. Slaktaren's drums could easily have taken a higher profile on some of the other tracks, in some places they are just a little too low profile, their application here helps to make this an engaging track that is fascinating, intense and powerful with the added bonus of a rare and great keyboard segment midway adding even more atmosphere and interest.


Final track, 'Death Enters', opens with a hypnotic but rather long keyboard based intro before the doom sets in. I liked the use of cymbals across the track, they add a bit of depth to the sound, otherwise this track would be a bit of a dirge and towards the latter part the drum work really picks up again to pull it all together.

Overall not a bad album but I think they have more, as yet undiscovered, potential to uncover.

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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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