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'Sinister Ceremonies'
(The Sinister Flame)

jools green

Jools Green


'Sinister Ceremonies' is the debut album from Spanish, Nine Angles inspired, blackened death Metal trio Domains and follows their demo full length, 'Towards Pleroma', which was released in 2009.

This offering came with the usual press release that says it will take you to the abyss... and so on, but the important point is that it is a damn good listen.

It has a sound that encompasses all that is blackened death yet still not reflecting any one specific band, with superbly dirty, dense guitars, drums that attack your senses in waves, intense and well executed and vocals that are a deep, gut wrenching growl and perfectly suited to the music. There are a lot of black Metal influences but it remains firmly planted in death Metal and for a trio the overall fullness and depth is impressive.

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I have no favourite tracks as all ten are an excellent listen and also all have the ability to stand alone musically. There is also a wonderfully sinister edge to all of the tracks along with a dense atmosphere, which is what makes it such an engaging and excellent listen, each having something about it that grabs your attention and the more plays you give it the better it sounds and the more you discover.

To the greater part, the album is mid paced, ramping it up when necessary and you are drawn in from the opening notes of the very powerful first track 'Domains' with its extended intro which holds you in enthralled from the offset.

Three of the tracks also featured on the demo album, the malevolent 'Mastery', 'Eucharist Of Relevance' and 'Towards Pleroma' which has superb midway guitars, as do most of the tracks, one of the many high points.


There are a couple of instrumentals, the brief haunting 'Hopeless' and the longer, dark and oppressive 'Labyrinth Of Incense', which is partitioned so well you get a strong sense of passing through a dark labyrinth as you listen.

Whilst dark and sinister is the name of the game here the most sinister of all the tracks has to be 'Through Infernal Damnation' with its malevolent edged opener that extends into the main body of the track to great effect.

Also worth a specific mention is the dark, brooding 'Raped By Darkness' which has in places some of the most unique guitar work I have had the joy of listening to and sent a chill down my spine.

The album is available from as a CD now or on vinyl from early August and is the first release from The Sinister Flame as a label which previously was just a print publication, voicing bands and individuals involved in the Black Arts and if this album is going to be the benchmark I will be watching out for future releases from this label.

'Sinister Ceremonies' is a superb listen that is packed to the brim with dark atmosphere and really pushes the boundaries that little bit further particularly from the perspective of uniqueness.

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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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