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'Unto The Fall' EP
(Inverse Records)

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Jools Green


Melodic Metal quartet Indoctrine, from Seinäjoki, Finland, have only been together for just twelve months but they have a strong vision of what they want to create musically and demonstrate it perfectly with 'Unto The Fall', their follow up to March 2013s demo release.

The EP consists of six tracks and spans twenty five minutes of musical excellence. I was blown away by it from the first listen.

The vocals from Matti Rita-Kasari are superb; a harsh powerful rasp with a good range and variance, all the musicians in the band are very well balanced in ability and talent; they work well together, each bringing something special to this release.

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Beginning with 'Gods Forgotten' a haunting intro that belies the brutal edged mastery to follow, however as it builds in intensity you do get a sense of anticipation for the subsequent tracks which sit so well together whilst maintaining their individuality, taking a different slant on the overall melodic trend by having varied influences from other Metal genres, so don't underestimate this as just another Melodic Metal release.

It's played with great deal of blackened intensity, a good dose of melancholia and rounded off with catchy melodies. Their particular brand of melodic death Metal has strong influences of black Metal, particularly noticeable on 'The Fall', a mix of blackened riffs, tortuous vocals and a track which also boasts a stunning guitar solo as it closes and although I love all the tracks on this EP, this is my favourite, largely due to the haunting, blackened feel to its construct.


'Undying' has a slight Gothenburg feel to the sound and powerful drum work complements the intense riff work before the harsh vocals enter the mix, a perfect balance to the melodic elements. 'Indoctrination' is an intense, pulsating track that is in your face from the offset.

'Synthetic Existence' has catchy riff work and superb drum work that is almost verging on a drum solo from Anssi Kaunismäki and the vocals take on a desperate intense edge. All this adds up to a very dramatic track, a close second favourite with me.

Final track, 'Burning Roots', starts with a slight Gothenburg feel but becomes more and more blackened as it progresses, a superb end the album.

An excellent, strong, first release completed by a sharp, first rate production; I could quite happily listen to more by 'Indoctrine'. I am certainly looking forward to a full length release from them.

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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.

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