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  ENTHRALLMENT
'The Voice Of Human Perversity'
(Rebirth the Metal Productions/Grindhead Records)


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Jools Green



Enthrallment

Bulgarian death Metal veterans Enthrallment have been around since 1999. They formed in times of political and social turbulence and this is heavily expressed within the feel of their music.

They didn't tour outside of their native Bulgaria prior to 2004 so if you haven't come across them you can be forgiven.

'The Voice Of Human Perversity' is their fourth full length release, an absolute face ripper that has a lot to live up to as follow-up to 2012s 'People From The Lands Of Vit'. I found that the more I listened the more it grew on me; it's intense with a delightfully down tuned feel and a subtle groove that cruises beneath the surface while the brutal riffs pummel your senses to a pulp.

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There is an interesting blend of US death Metal, noticeable in the screaming guitar breaks and European death Metal styles with regard to the style of riff implemented in their sound.

I love the vocals, about as deep and guttural as it gets and yet remaining clearly definable lyrically. I love the drum work also, the tuning, the patterns and the brutal intensity and it still manages to complement rather than over power which is great.

No one track stood out as a favourite, each track having its own merits. 'Screams Etched Within The Crags' opens at breakneck speed and is predominantly up tempo with a midpoint drop-away that serves as forerunner to a high speed solo towards the latter part of the track and right from the start Enthrallment have your attention.

'Rats Before The Worms' has stunning guitar work to open then a direction shift into the brutal, a track that keeps your interest with another direction change to the latter part before the arrival of the squealing solo.

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With lyrics that made me smile, 'Mummified Ante Mortem' also has a beautifully drum rich opener and the drums continue to maintain a higher profile across the length of this intense and hypnotic track. I love the phrasing on 'Rove In Hell'; it's in your face and punchy, completed with manic solo in the second half.

'Stench Of Burnt Down Sanctuary' is a dark track with an off kilter solo midway. Slower and even darker to open 'Madness Coloured In Light' has beautifully phrased, punchy guitars and great drum work, the tempo building rapidly after the first minute.

There's an interestingly strange opener and an even more interesting unusual orchestrated close on 'Tones Of Gladness', not what you would necessarily expect from death Metal while 'Tool Of Suicide' is slower and dark with a very crisp opener, the rise and fall across this track creating a dramatic effect, although I did think the guitar work midway is somewhat mental and almost conflicting, but aside from this bizarre anomaly, a powerful track.

'The Voice Of Human Perversity' was produced by James Murphy in Safehouse Productions (FL). It isn't a clever or flashy album, it's just good, honest death Metal brutality that is catchy and compelling, well constructed and well executed.






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14.4.14





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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