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  ALLEGAEON
'Elements Of The Infinite'
(Metal Blade Records)


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Jools Green



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'Elements Of The Infinite' is the third full length from Colorado's technical melodic death Metal quintet Allegaeon and keeps true to what was laid down on 2010s 'Fragments Of Form And Function' and 2012s 'Formshifter' whilst taking their sound forward and exploring some new musical territory as a result of their line-up change, with the addition of Brandon Park as their new permanent drummer and guitarist Michael Stancel replacing Ryan Glisan.

'Elements Of The Infinite' continues with themes of space and science with all the lyrics penned by vocalist Ezra Haynes.

I thought 2012s 'Formshifter' was a good release when it came out but 'Elements Of The Infinite' has so much more to offer, starting with the orchestrated elements composed by the band's classically trained guitarist Greg Burgess along with Joe Ferris (monumentalaudio.net) which when implemented adds huge amounts of depth to the sound. There also seems to be a greater technical edge and yet it flows so much better than its predecessor, at times taking on a very sexy underlying groove to the sound.

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The level of musicianship throughout is very high, to the point of being pretty flawless and I love the vocals from Ezra Haynes, harsh and vitriolic and at times descending to an impressively deep growl and setting a strong contrast between the symphonic and technical elements helping to make everything well balanced.

The album consists of ten tracks encompassing almost an hour and although I think the album as a whole is a great listen with superb virtuoso guitar work across all the tracks, there are a few standouts for me, beginning with opening track, which knocked me sideways with amazement and delight, 'Threshold Of Perception', with an acoustic opener that builds into an epic intro, expanding out into a stunning blend of symphonic elements and technical riffs and an initial introduction to vocals so expansive and broad ranging you would swear there were two vocalists. 'Our Cosmic Casket' just has a wonderfully ominous quality to it.

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'Through Ages Of Ice – Otzi's Curse' is dark, almost blackened, as well as technical, with exotic elements, superb drum work which really comes to the fore on this track and culminating in some great tribal style drumming to the close.

Also making a big impact with me, the final and longest track 'Genocide For Praise – Vals For The Vitruvian Man' at almost thirteen minutes long and across this track all that they implement, the technical, the melodic, the acoustic and symphonic elements, vocals and drums, all are at their best here and the construction is cleverly crafted making it a fascinating audio journey that you want never to end, a superb final track.

'Elements Of The Infinite' was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Colorado (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, Vale Of Pnath).

It's certainly the best from Allegaeon so far. Anyone who enjoys a technical edge to their death Metal should love this.




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18.7.14






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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