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Some albums are never quite what you expect and 'Redemption', the fourth full length from Polish extreme Metal quartet Preludium is one of those releases.

Their previous three releases covered the usual topics you would expect from a band with black and death Metal at the core of their sound; war, blasphemy and desecration.

For this release they have gone in a completely unexpected direction and gone for a spiritual theme to their lyrics and have involved Kunal Gonsalves from the Indian extreme Metal band Stark Denial who has penned the lyrics, inspired by the teachings of Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian Yogi and Guru.

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What makes this even more surprising and impressive is that far from being a soft edged or lightweight album, as you might expect, given the source of lyrical inspiration this release still has all the brutal edge to the sound found on their earlier releases.

The album is still drenched in black and death Metal influences and they haven't compromised on their aesthetic vision of their overall sound, which remains both intense and atmospheric.

The ten tracks of 'Redemption' take you through an aural exploration of morality, determination and escape from the circles of life and death.

I can find nothing to dislike across the album from opening track 'Soul Torment' with its atmospheric storm like opener that builds in intensity over the first minute to the final intense, blackened track 'Sins Of Mankind'.


All the individual elements are good. The vocals, a harsh gut wrenching growl that is deep yet has a good range and the strong and intense drum work is not just brutal, there are also some great patterns, particularly on 'Altars Of Redemption', excellent guitar work that moves from riffs that are crushing and oppressive to brooding and deliberate, particularly on 'Incarnations', a hugely atmospheric track.

I also think Kunal has done an excellent job with the lyrics, not at all what I expected from the description that came with the album.

The overall combination is presented with stunning Polish style, that intense yet equal balance between brutal mechanical drumming and powerful and oppressively heavy riffs that are so impressive about the Polish sound, rounded off with equally powerful vocals make this a great album start to finish.

There were a couple of standout tracks for me, 'Destiny Of Mortals' because of the heavy as hell, hypnotic groove that permeates this track and the intense layering of sound and the hauntingly hypnotic and sinister 'Hatred Breeds Suffering' with its exotic soaring riffs, sandwiched with intense drum patterns and the combination of spoken and growled vocals, combining to give an dark exotic feel.

I didn't expect to like this, I thought it might be a little to spiritual for my tastes but it is excellent, a delightful chunk of brutality.

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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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