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'Attera Totus Sanctus'
'Diabolis Interium'
'Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus'
(Century Media)

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After recently signing to Century Media Records for their upcoming new studio album, Dark Funeral have re-released all six of their previous albums as a forerunner to their upcoming new studio album and to mark their twentieth anniversary, 'Attera Totus Sanctus', 'Diabolis Interium', 'Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus' are the final slab of re-issues by the Swedish Black Metal masters.

All the albums have been re-mastered and contain detailed liner notes, reworked artworks, rare photos and done with full support of guitarist Lord Ahriman.

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'Diabolis Interium', their intense and hyper fast third album was hailed as the 'Reign In Blood' of Black Metal when it was released in 2001. This time around it also features three high quality live tracks as bonus.

It's hard to believe twelve years have passed since its release; it still sounds as vital as it did over a decade ago.

Standout tracks for me, although the whole album is superb, are 'The Arrival Of Satan's Empire', the atmospheric and entertaining 'Goddess Of Sodomy', a stunning cover of King Diamond's 'The Trial' that I like better than the original and a brave and impressive cover of Slayer's 'Dead Skin Mask'.

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Released in 2005, 'Attera Totus Sanctus', their fourth album was created during the probably toughest period for the band, overshadowed by legal troubles and various line-up issues.

The result is an extremely personal opus containing such future live favourites as, the frantic and intense 'King Antichrist', the epic 'Atrum Regina', one of my favourites on the album or '666 Voices Inside'.

This reissue features two rare bonus tracks plus six live tracks recorded in South America in 2003. Very much an intense offering across the whole album, not quite such a big favourite with me as 'Diabolis Interium', but still great nonetheless.

Other standout tracks are the title track 'Attera Totus Sanctus' for its dark haunting quality and the sinister soaring 'Feed On The Mortals'.

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'Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus' is their fifth album and originally put out in 2009. It was produced by sound master Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) and is a more traditional offering with blasting tempo and hymn-like melodies in equal measure.

This version also has five newly released live tracks spanning the band's entire history. A great album and an easier listen because of the melodic quality. The intensity is still there particularly on 'The Birth Of The Vampire' and the dark but beautiful, 'My Funeral'.

Other standout tracks are 'The End Of Human Race', because it's very listenable and easy to get into and the darkly intense 'Stigmata'.

I love the deep chants of 'Stigmata' as he track opens and closes and the superb emotive guitar work midway and towards the end.

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Three absolutely superb albums, well worth getting for the bonus tracks alone and for any vinyl collectors. All the albums are also available as strictly limited golden vinyl and black vinyl via

Added bonus - you can watch Dark Funeral live in Buenos Aires here:





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.

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