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  DESCEND
'Whither'
(Inverse Records)


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Jools Green



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'Wither' is the second full length from Stockholm's Descend. It's a darker release than their debut album, 2011s 'Through The Eyes Of The Burdened', but it still maintains that carefully crafted balance of progressive death Metal, combining melodic harmonies, gently reflective acoustic passages and skin searing Death Metal riffs.

It retains the ability to move easily between the tranquil atmospherics and death Metal brutality making every track an interesting and engaging listen.

The sound is heavy yet still manages to be thought provoking. It often has a good groove and is technical enough to be interesting without being over clever, the drum work is varied with some great patterns, the vocals are pretty decent, a mix of harsh growls and some melodic cleans and the lyrical inspiration is taken from life struggles and sorrow.

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The track lengths vary from a compact two and a half minutes for the beautifully reflective, guitar led, instrumental title track 'Wither' to some typically progressive length monsters such as 'Diabolic' and the closing track 'Sundown' which clocks up a monstrous twelve minutes, but the length seems justified and there is no feeling that the tracks are drawn out or long winded.

The album takes you, from the opening drum work on 'Confined By Evil' to the gentle closing guitars of 'Sundown', on a journey that is dark and thought provoking, at times intense and extreme with a decidedly malevolent edge but is always attention grabbing and enjoyable.

This isn't an album where I can easily choose a favourite track as they are all pretty consistent and no track in particular stands out above the others, but there are elements that stand out within the tracks.

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'Confined By Evil' has such a huge and hypnotic extended opener that when the first vocal roar hit home I was knocked sideways in surprise and I loved the Spanish style acoustic segment just before the final onslaught.

'The Rancorous Paradigm' has a good groove and intricate drum patterns that sit well alongside the vocal growls. Excellent spiralling technical riffs on 'In Hours Of Despair' and once again the drum patterns are stunning while 'Severance' is very technically stylish in its construction.

Although this isn't an album where your ears feel like they need respite from the intensity of the sound, 'Whither' is still a beautiful and welcome instrumental oasis before the final three longer length tracks. Dark from the opening notes 'Diabolic' has a sinister repeat riff and spoken lyrics are used to good effect.

The acoustic opener on 'From Grace To Grave' once again has a Spanish feel drum and guitar before building in intensity and developing as the track progresses, becoming intense and dark, broken up midway and at the close with more well placed acoustic work.

Marathon length final track 'Sundown' takes it's time to build and develop, a great track with a good groove, great drums and lots of tempo change; it's full of surprises.

Wither is a great release and even the cover artwork is thought provoking. It is certainly an album that should bring Descend to the forefront of progressive death Metal.

 


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11.2.14





WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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