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  PANDEMONIUM
'Misanthropy'
(Pagan Records)
Release Date: 30th March 2012


Jools Green

jools green



pandemonium misanthropy

It never fails to amaze me how so many of Poland's excellent Extreme Metal bands seem to exist beneath the radar and Pandemonium have managed to do just that for over twenty years. Active since 1990, these Dark Lords of Metal call their style Satanic Dark Metal.

'Misanthropy' is their fourth full length album and the follow up to 2007s 'Hellspawn', a complex, stunning presentation of musical mastery. It is a very atmospheric album with an interesting approach to Blackened Extreme Metal. The combination of excellent, insane vocals, a kind of pseudo howl from vocalist Paul that are very distorted, interspersed with agonising screams giving a very evocative and atmospheric feel to the album.

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Because of this though, you do need to consult the lyric sheet on first listen to appreciate the surreal and often complex lyrics and therefore fully appreciate the depth of thought behind each track.

Add to this the dirty, distorted sounding guitars, mingled with some beautifully complex riffs which at times have an exotic Eastern feel yet still manage to maintain a raw edge to the sound and you have a masterpiece made in Hell.

Besides Paul on vocals/guitars the band are; Michael on bass, Mark on guitars and Simon on drums. The album features Greek female vocalist Androniki Skoula (Chaostar) on backing vocals, who has also worked with Greek Extreme Metal bands Septic Flesh and Rotting Christ. The intros and samples on the album are by Khorzon (Arkona, Mussorgski).

'Misanthropy' opens with the first of eight tracks, the surreal, thought provoking 'The Black Forest', one of two tracks released on 'Promo' demo in 2010 and the other being the delightfully blasphemous 'God Delusion'.

I loved 'Necro Judas' for its tempo changes between a blackened dirge and frantic insanity, also featuring some of Paul's higher screams and snarls. 'The Stones Are Eternal' and 'Misanthropy', the album title track, both feature the vocal talents of the aforementioned Androniki Skoula on backing vocals, her voice lending an exotic feel to these tracks.

The wild card track, 'Avant-Garde Underground', certainly lives up to its name, with its slightly punky riffs, as it opens. If your concentration has dared to drift, the blasting 'Everlasting Opposition' will face slap you back to reality.

The album ends with 'Only The Dead Will See The End Of War', the thundering finale to the album, awash with crashing cymbals, exotic riffs and the ever present, snarling vocals.

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Piotr Tyszkiewicz at Viriam Art Studio. The cover artwork created by Paul, the band vocalist.

This excellent album is available now from Pagan Records. Do check it out!

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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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