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'Endless Asphyxiating Gloom'
(Unspeakable Axe Records/Dark Descent Records)

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Jools Green


Whatever the name or album title conjures up in your mind, suggestions of thrash legends Sabbat or hints of Asphyx, the reality is Winnipeg's Sabbatory inhabit a dark abyss somewhere between Morgoth and Celtic Frost.

'Endless Asphyxiating Gloom' may also be their debut full length release, following their 2012 demo but all members are seasoned musicians, including a couple of members of death/thrashsters Besieged so it's an album that's mature and well constructed.

You can expect nothing less than death Metal that harks back to times of old, well the 80s anyway, from this quartet. It's pure old school to the core, the music here is totally stripped down to its basic elements; slightly raw, beautifully dirty, brutal yet simplistic.

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You get tight and gritty guitars, belting out chunky riffs. The percussion is first rate, Dan Ryckman certainly knows his way around the drum kit, playing with both speed and skill, a d-beat fest.

The vocals from Kier Keating are superb also, a tortuous growl that also has a good degree of clarity, these were the two outstanding aspects for me, saying that I certainly can't overlook the great bass work which takes a more prominent position than usual as well as the myriad of well honed riffs and solos from the guitars.


No favourite track as this can and needs to be enjoyed end to end, it's compact and killer at seven tracks and thirty three minutes. Some tracks did stretch past the five minute mark but there is so much going on you would never think them too long.

A healthy, fast pace is maintained across the release, guaranteed to keep your heart racing and your interest on the music. This does not mean that it is flat out fast all the way through, there is plenty of tempo and direction change, particularly on the hugely varied 'Hypnotic Regression'.

You will be shouting "Perplexor" during the superb 'Being, Thy Eternal Perplexor' with its great closing solo. On 'Corrosive Decay' the tempo does drop a little but it is no less intense and there is more room for the inclusion some great drum patterns. The speed and precision of some of the drum work beleaguers belief on 'Infantasy' and there are more shouts of "Oooooohhhhh!!" than Tom G ever fitted into an album across this release.

I also love the art work with its superb Lovecraftian styled theme which visually sums up the title and the music to perfection.

Death Metal doesn't need to be new, ground breaking or unique, just honest and well executed, exactly what 'Endless Asphyxiating Gloom' is.

I think this is a superb album, a fitting nod to the old school bands, executed with enthusiasm and style making it an exciting listen so if you like bands like Death, Repulsion, Bolt Thrower, Autopsy or even old school Swedish death Metal such as Paganizer you should find this of interest. It's like a modern day classic.

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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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