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  NAGLFAR
'Téras'
(Century Media)


Jools Green

jools green



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It's been five years since Naglfar unleashed upon the world their last offering, 'Harvest'. Now back after taking a creative break the Swedish Black Metal pioneering protagonists make a triumphant return with their latest aural assault 'Téras'.

This powerful and vitriolic onslaught, from the trio from Umeå consisting of Kristoffer Olivius on vocals, Andreas Nilsson on guitars and Marcus E Norman on guitars, bass and keyboards, is their sixth full length and their best album to date, in my opinion. I have been bursting with excitement about this album ever since the rumours of its imminent arrival started to circulate. Drumming duties on this album have been filled by Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork), whose style and approach has a groove to it that suits this album perfectly.

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It's hard to pick a favourite track on an album of this level of consistent quality, the overall sound a winning combination of the bleakness of early Black Metal and speed and technical skills of Death Metal honed to perfection over the last three albums and the excellent blend of Kristopher's venomous vocals, icy harmonies, epic melodies and excellently constructed misanthropic lyrics.

The album opens with 'Téras', with its haunting sinister groove and equally sinister lyrics and is swiftly followed by 'Pale Horse' which is faster, with a catchy riff to the chorus.

'The Monolith' at six and a half minutes is the second longest track but your attention is maintained throughout. The lyrics are based on HP Lovecraft's 'Cthulu'. The ever popular lyrical theme of the demise and destruction manifests in the equally excellent 'An Extension Of His Arm And Will', 'Come Perdition' and 'Invoc(H)ate' and let's face it, you can never revisit that subject enough.

I found myself singing along with 'Bring Out Your Dead' by the second listen, a track further enhanced by guest vocals from Matthias Jell 'Azathoth', former vocalist with Dark Fortress.

The final track, 'The Dying Flame Of Existence', an epic eight minutes in length, but packed with haunting riffs, emotion, a lot of tempo change and so much going on it couldn't possibly either lose your attention or be any shorter. If you put the album on repeat it joins itself seamlessly to the opening track.

An album with no beginning or end - just brilliant.

I would seriously recommend you go buy this album. It's only April but this is the best I have heard this year and it is going to be hard to beat.

Recorded at the Wolf's Lair and mixed by Mattias Eklund at Toontrack and mastered by Göran Finnberg at The Mastering Room. The cover artwork is by Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquillity).

'Téras' is out now on Century Media.

12.4.12





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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