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Sordid Flesh, the Swedish five piece from Sandvicken, formed in 2011 and released their self titled demo in 2012.

Their debut album 'Torturer' is fundamentally an evil, gritty old-school death Metal album with an unmistakably Swedish feel and an old school slant to the sound but with their personal approach to the genre, incorporating elements of thrash, heavy and black Metal.

I like the dark, tongue in cheek humour to the lyrics which balances well against the musical elements, which have a more serious edge and are all well executed. The vocals are good, guttural but not overly broad ranging, nevertheless they do the job which is the important factor and they do have a certain dramatic appeal as well as being very audible, a good thing, as these darkly humorous lyrics are not to be missed.

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After a brief, haunting opener the pace quickly picks up on opening track, 'The Thelema Way', and the haunting reflective element returns as a precursor to an insane closing solo. You can look forward to another insane solo towards the latter part of 'Mark Of The Fallen'. After another haunting opener and build, the drum work blasts through in swathes on the frantically up tempo 'Rites At The Cemetery'.

'Gravebitch' has a heavy, pounding and ballsy sound that is crushing yet with a sleazy groove, but as the sound pummels you to a pulp the darkly humorous lyrics raise a smile, and the vocals are dramatically drawn out for added effect, an excellent track and my favourite of the album.

'Through Vile Infanticides' is fast paced with a catchy repeat riff. On the title track, 'Torturer', the plodding pace has a "heart beating out of your chest with fear" atmosphere to it while 'Where Art Thou God?' is an effective mix of pounding drum beats and dirty riffs and the now requisite, insane solo to close.

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The final two tracks, 'Until You Are Dead' and 'Rise From The Abyss' featured on the self titled demo and have a rawer sound than the predecessors but still great tracks in their own right and worth the inclusion.

Torturer was produced by Ola Steingrim Ersfjord (Dread Sovereign, Vomitor and Morbus Cron). Cover artwork is by Swedish artist Mikael Carlsson.

This a good first release, high energy and a fun listen that keeps your attention and the more you listen to this album the more you want to listen further, it really grows on you and it was difficult choosing a favourite track because I like the whole album so much.

I also like the production and how the raw edge to the sound hasn't been messed around with because some things just don't need tidying up.

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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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