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'Apex Terror'
(Listenable Records)

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Jools Green


Bordeaux is not just the home of a rather delicious wine, it's also the home of French Black Metal outfit 'Otargos' whose name comes from the ancient Greek word for goat and whose broad ranging lyrical themes range from quantum physics to anti religion, adding an interesting and different lyrical slant on Black Metal.

'Apex Terror' is their fifth offering and the follow up to 2011s 'No God – No Satan', with a heavier sound than its predecessors coming from a strong Death Metal influence added into the mix.

They certainly have a rather unique approach, with some elements bordering on Industrial, which sits very well with the cosmic aspect to their source of lyrical inspiration, which is another way that they differ from the majority of bands within the Black Metal genre and it makes a change from the usual blasphemous approach which in some ways has gotten a little overworked by the many.

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The musicianship across the release is excellent and the all so important vocals meet with my approval, a broad ranging, harsh and gargling growl of sinister proportions.

Title and opening track 'Apex Terror' begins with drone and a military drumbeat, building further with the addition of the guitars, a hugely atmospheric beginning that pans out to a stunning first track, intense and pulsating with a few interesting industrial drop-ins top the latter part for good measure.

The backbone of 'Fleshless – Deathless' is made up from chugging, darkly sinister riffs with vocals that are magnificently deep that together make it a very intense and enjoyable listen.


All the tracks are excellent in their own right, each one bringing something new to offer and to consider, the tracks are all well constructed with powerful phrasing, particularly on 'Remnant From A Long-Dead Star' with a slower almost doom laden pace to the greater part, but picking up towards the end, a track with superb guitar elements and equally superb drum work awash with crashing cymbals. 'For Terra' has a fast tempo, great riffs, and a slight thrash feel.

A radioactive opener on 'Fall Out' rapidly becoming fast and furious with more intensity coming from the relentless drum work which becomes very prominent in places and towards the latter part is punctuated with punchy guitars while 'Xeno' is a sinister yet atmospheric electronics based mini track of just over a minute, a well placed palate cleanser before the intense and powerful 'Drone', another superbly constructed track with a fast tempo finish.

'Aftermath Hyperion' opens at a slower pace, variety and interest comes from the rising and falling in tempo and intensity across the six minutes of its duration. 'Versus' is dark bleak and desolate to open, enhanced by spoken lyrics and a minute in, the tempo elevates to a mid paced chug generously garnished with intense drum work complete with crashing cymbals, midway the guitar work breaks out to a thrash solo and continues in this vein until the end, an interesting and surprising finale.

This is a highly fascinating, listenable and recommendable album and it's good to see a few decent French Metal bands making an impact on the Extreme Metal scene. Svart Crown, Outcast and Offending, to name a few, have captured my interest in recent years and now Otargos, who are, in their own words: "Set to make you stare into the pitch black abyss of cosmic finitude with a sardonic smile..."

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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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