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'Murder Motel'
(Independent Release)

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Jools Green

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After their lyrically aggressive debut, 'Days Of The Mosh' in 2009, Montreal's death Metal five-piece Dark Century return with a new line up and their latest chunk of carnage, 'Murder Motel'.

The band continues to find lyrical inspiration from pork products, murder and mosh pits with the lyrics written partly in French, their native tongue, as well as some in English.

Their sound is an intense blend of death, thrash, grind and hardcore, giving the listener an onslaught of fast heavy guitars, pummelling drums, pounding bass all generously garnished with vocals that are broad ranging, varying from deep gutturals to face searing screams and that are reasonably decipherable across the tracks.

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The album consists of eleven fierce tracks spanning thirty-four minutes, all of which are "mosh pit anthems" with a brutal groove and most are very up tempo, dense walls of sound, all of this together making the album a good listen.

Don't expect any deep commentary or complex debate in the lyrical content, but what you can expect however, are lyrics that are brutally hilarious, which is the bands aim, particularly the self explanatory title track,' Murder Motel' and 'Torticolis', a brutal yet hilarious warning about the risks of the mosh pit.

Also 'Chloroforme', a warning to Vegans. Here Dark Century declare the law of bacon! This is a band who are serious about their music but also don't take themselves too seriously; it's all about fun.

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'Trio du Bûcheron' could be the shortest track ever at just four seconds long but it speaks volumes... about pig meat. And their love of bacon knows no bounds as 'Cholestérol 'is another ode to the humble pig. The death and carnage continues with 'Mosh Test Dummies', and the sickeningly hilarious splatter-fest, 'Gore On My Snare'.

Album single 'Kill The Crowd' is both a catchy and well constructed track, possibly the best of the album just for the impressively long 'thrashtastic' solo in the latter part of the track and another standout track for me is 'Dead Birds' which has a slightly slower pace but I like the dense mix of drum and guitar work on this track.

All the songs are written by guitarist Martin Gendreau. 'Murder Motel' was produced by Martin Gendreau and Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Mythosis, Erimha, The Agonist, Derelict, Neuraxis) and the mixing and mastering was also by Christian Donaldson.

'Murder Motel' is available from IF Merch:

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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.

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