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I am always excited to hear albums produced in countries that are not associated firsthand with a specific Metal genre and 'War', the debut EP from Stark Denial from Mumbai (formerly Bombay) India is one of those releases, part of a newly discovered, for me, source of good Metal acts and the prospect of hearing what approach to Metal these bands have taken is always an intriguing one.

Musically Stark Denial play it safe. Their sound is a fairly traditional black Metal with the odd hint of other influences, but what they do is done very well and it has that dirty, distant quality of early black Metal.

The vocals from Kunal are stunningly good, a rasping gargle, adding a dark atmosphere that is a joy to listen to, the delivery adding a raw quality and a venomous feel to the tracks. I also particularly enjoyed the drum work from Vinit which at times is impressively good, particularly on the two tracks that have atmosphere building, drum led openers.

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The EP consists of five tracks, spanning fifteen minutes, all war themed as the title suggests and depicting the various stages of war. It opens with 'Intro' (Commencement Of War) a brief scene setting sound bite of troops marching, building the atmosphere.

'Gates Of War' (The War Gates Opening) drum patterns open the track and the intensity builds as the pace moves from a mid pace to a more frantic and intense one with the arrival of the guitars and venomous vocals, giving a nervous and intense feel as if there was an impending battle.

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'Wrath' (Unleashing One's Wrath On Enemies) opens on an ominous bass intro and builds to a slow, atmospheric and deliberate pace all the way up, becoming intense and frantic, giving an impression of wrath building and then being unleashed upon the enemy.

'Conquering Thy Enemies Throne' (Defeating The Enemies And Claiming Their Throne) has another good drum opener, intense blasts that sit well alongside the opening repeat riff that heralds in the vocals; a fast and intense track.

The final track, 'Panzer Division Marduk' (Marduk Cover) a tribute to the legendary Swedish black Metal band Marduk, an excellent cover and an excellent tribute performed by a band confident in their ability to do justice to such a high profile track.

I can't fault this EP, they have kept the style classic, the production is good but not over polished so the atmosphere is maintained, making it a good listen.

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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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