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'Those of the Cursed Light'
(Xtreem Music)

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Jools Green

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Although they originate from Madrid, Spain, Frozen Dawn have a distinctively Swedish black/death Metal sound reminiscent of Dissection and very much in the vein of Necrophobic.

'Those Of The Cursed Light' is the follow-up to their 2011 debut full length release 'The Old Prophecy Of Winterland' and my initial impression as one of jaw dropping amazement and delight.

'Those Of The Cursed Light' is a mesmerising release that draws together elements of classic and modern black Metal alongside death Metal influences creating powerful, sharp yet emotive melodies balanced perfectly with subtle atmospheric elements and the result is bone-chillingly good.

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The musicianship is superb, from the scathingly vitriolic vocals, very much in the vein of Necrophobic's Anders Strokirk, to the intensely active lead guitar work and excellent, forceful drumming; the resulting combination is wonderfully grim and memorable. Even the lyrics are superb; dark, terrifying and esoteric, which is why I am pleased that there is a high degree of clarity to the vocals.

The lyrical inspiration is again based on Winterland, a cruel and merciless place immersed in an eternal cold winter where the forces of nature fight each other and the supernatural meets the mystical.

I can't pick a favourite track as the whole release is just such a good listen right from the opening track, 'Banished, The Everlasting Confinement', which was released as a single and as a forerunner to this release, with its brief suspense filled opener; no time is wasted getting down to business, it's intense and exciting from the offset.

The intensity continues with 'Blackened March' which has an exciting later part solo to add to the rest of the superb guitar work.

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'Those of the Cursed Light' has a superb, atmospheric and emotive guitar opener before the pace picks up; the guitar work across the track is an exciting mix of the intense and the emotive. 'Circles Of Frostbitten Ice' has well placed tempo and direction change maintaining the interest and excitement.

One of the longer tracks, passing the seven minute mark, 'Eternal Frost', is slower more deliberating and gives vocalist Grinder the opportunity to push his capabilities with some gut wrenching drawn out vocalisations. There is a slower tempo to 'Kalte Seele' and the bass is more prominent, adding a different slant on this closing track.

The stunning art work is somewhat reminiscent of Dissection's 'Storm Of Lights Bane' from a scenic, mood and colouration perspective.

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at the Wintermoon Cult Studios (Madrid).

I know it's nothing new or original but 'Those Of The Cursed Light' is an utterly exciting and well crafted album and if you like bands such as Necrophobic, Watain, Dissection or Sacramentum you are going to seriously love this, of that I am convinced.

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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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