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'Insanity Begins'

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Jools Green

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'Insanity Begins' is the debut EP from Paris' death/groove Metal quintet 'Infectious Hate', formed 2009, who draw their influences from across the range of death Metal, groove Metal, nu Metal and alternative rock genres, typically from bands across this broad spectrum such as Slipknot, Pantera, Morbid Angel, Machine Head, Devildriver, Sevendust, Chimaira, Mudvayne, Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under and Static X.

Personally I felt there was a slight Scandinavian death Metal feel in there also.

What I liked most about this EP is the strong contrast of insanely brutal vocals and catchy chugging groove, the brutal death growl that emanates from vocalist John Karnage is absolutely superb.

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It may only be a six track EP but it is definitely a case of quality over quantity, the first track, 'Insanity Begins' opens like a brutal storm and then the groove kicks in, which has a slight retro feel, this is particularly noticeable on the next track, 'No More' which is my favourite of the EP and the groove reminds me a little of Static X's 'Black and White'.

It's riffy, choppy, and groovy beyond belief, completed with brutal vocals combining to form a perfect blend of death and groove, an excellent track.

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Another track that made a big impression with me is, 'Alive' which has a fast tempo and a soaring growl to open, along with a Scandinavian death Metal feel to the riffs. This track is the perfect contradiction because despite being up tempo with chorus of "I'm alive" there is a dark sinister feel lurking beneath the surface, excellent.

'Dead End' is a mix of chunks of intense drum work and chugging groove and I love the sexy death metal riff that accompanies the chorus while the longest track 'Corroded by Time' has a highly effective midway drop away and direction change that leads into a crisp guitar solo from Léo Guerre towards the close followed by a sound-bite of Samuel L Jackson's well known speech from Pulp Fiction.

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Final track 'Sins' has a head nodding, deathly chugging groove and the rise and fall of the tempo adds a lot of atmosphere and interest and there is also a good use of tempo change across this five minute track; a great album ender.

I think 'Insanity Begins' is a great debut EP and I look forward with excited anticipation for their debut full length.

Check them out on their reverbnation page at

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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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