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Every now and then a band crosses my path whose music completely captivates and fascinates me and death Metal quartet from Finland, Hirsispuu, whose name means gallows, are one such band.

'Ihmisestä' is their debut EP, which follows a self titled demo released in 2013. That is pretty much all I know about them, apart from one other thing, that being, what a superbly insane release this is, it's one of the most brutally refreshing things I have heard of late.

The EP consists of eight short, sharp, shocks that exude energy and vitriol, all under the three minute mark, clocking up a compact eighteen minutes, all sung in their native tongue, a great choice as it certainly adds to the overall impression and played at a pretty frantic pace.

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The vocals from bassist/vocalist Gardemeister are angry to the point of sounding, at times, almost deranged, but superbly executed, descending from crazy screams into a deep terrifying growl, encompassing a range that is impressively broad.

You also get from guitarists Kytӧmäki and Turpeinen, a mix of riffs that vary from pounding to intensely face ripping, but the clever part is the carefully and discreetly woven melody that co-exists, regularly making itself known and makes it so listenable, as on 'Välttämäton Paha', my favourite track of the release, which also boasts an excellent guitar segment to the close.

The bass lines are strong and deliberate, adding plenty of depth and the drums, delivered by Jokinen, break out from the high speed blasts that dominate the release into some great patterns where necessary.


Opening as it means to continue with 'Antaa Sen Huutaa', the initial vocal roars knock you flat on your back; they are tortuous, vitriolic and deranged, a superb start to the EP. Rising and falling riffs are mixed with chugging riffs on 'Pyhitetty Olkoon Sinun Himosi' and sit well alongside the vitriolic vocals.

The repeats have a brutal yet hypnotic, head nodding quality on 'Apostata', they also manage to squeeze in a closing guitar segment to keep it interesting, just before all hell breaks loose at the close of the track.

'Raivo' is another great, chugging, head-nodding beast of a track, preceding my previously mentioned, favourite, the intense yet melodic 'Välttämäton Paha'. The rapid direction change on 'Turha Uhri' keeps you fascinated, yet wondering just what the hell is going on.

I thought the preceding tracks were fast and then 'Väelle Valta' happened, a breathtakingly fast and excellent track.

'Akti' is heavily drum led but still with enough melody to surprise and engage you and has a superbly sinister closing guitar segment.

'Ihmisestä' is a bit like a machine gun going off, but at the same time it is such a fascinating listen and short enough to listen to repeatedly, I love 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.

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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