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'Back To The Front'
(Century Media)

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Jools Green

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'Back To The Front', was originally intended for release at the end last year but due to band name legal issues it has been delayed until now.

Line-up wise, there has been the expected change. It's still L-G Petrov on vocals with Nico Elgstrand moving to guitars replacing Alex Hellid and Victor Brandt recruited to cover bass. Olle Dahlstedt remains as the band's drummer and with the minor line-up change also comes the minor name change to Entombed A.D.

The most important question is how does it sound? Pretty good is the short answer; it certainly has a lot more enthusiasm to the sound than the final 'Entombed' release 'Serpent Saints...'

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It's nothing like the legendary 1990 'Left Hand Path' either, however the dirty edge to the sound is still there but not quite so noticeable and the fundamental Entombed sound is still there also. I do think 'Back To The Front' definitely marks the beginning of a new era for 'Entombed A.D.' as a new band.

The release consists of eleven tracks spewing forth dark angry lyrics, bellowing vocals from L-G that garnish an abundance of down tuned riffs and an equally dark heavy groove coming together in an aural assault of huge proportions totalling an impressive fifty-two minutes.

The drum work across the release is also good, very varied with some great patterns and at times taking a higher profile that is both warranted and welcome. I have no strong favourite track, all are highly listenable offerings that stand alone in their own right but there are quite a few that made a big impression on me, beginning with the opening track 'Kill To Live' which has an extended intro that builds, as does your anticipation, with the distant but approaching military drumbeat, into a mid pace with a superbly bleak quality and a very welcome closing guitar segment before ending on more military drum beats.

'Bedlam Attack' has crushing down tuned riffs and a spoken segment midway which adds an emphasis to the track's body of lyrics while 'Pandemic Rage' is kept interesting with constant tempo and direction changes and a great closing solo.

'Second To None' has a chorus that I guarantee every listener will end up singing along to and 'Waiting For Death' has a slightly faster tempo than previous tracks lending a sense of urgency and imminence that is compounded by racing guitar segment to the close.

One of the two longer tracks, 'Digitus Medius', with its extended powerful intro, has a slightly darker feel, heavier and more sinister than its predecessors while 'Vulture And The Traitor' has, in places, a superb heavy groove and the final track and other long track of the release, 'Soldier Of No Fortune' begins with a haunting piano opener that builds to sinister proportions expanding out into an abundance of head nodding riffs, maintaining throughout, that sinister quality, a memorable album closer.

'Back To The Front' is overall a good turnaround for a band who were possibly in danger of becoming stale and lacklustre. This release is, at times, quite a bone-crushing offering but with fresh edge to the sound yet, still with enough of an old school edge to keep early fans happy, hopefully.

Ultimately they can't keep everyone happy but I think this release will please a large percentage of fans of their early and later material, it certainly surpassed my expectations and the more I listen the more I like it.

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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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