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'Master Of Hate'
(Abyss Records)

Jools Green

jools green

My first impression of 'Master Of Hate' by Desultor, the progressive death Metal duo from Stockholm, Sweden consisting of Ibrahim Stråhlman on drums and Markus Joha on guitars/vocals was that it was a musical contradiction, one which took me totally by surprise, as a hybrid of aggressive death and thrash Metal, married with a predominantly clean style of vocals. I did find the vocals took a bit of getting used to but they were not totally clean and where necessary, broken by snarls, screams and rasping vocals.

desultor master of hate

What totally blew me away was the intensity, aggression and excellent instrumentation on this album, which was pretty much full on end to end apart for the occasional progressive melodic segment here and there and a few short atmospheric instrumentals.

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'Master Of Hate' is the first full length from the band, together since 2007 and is an excellent debut album. There is the slight 'Stockholm' sound in the riffs at times, but mainly there is just a dense flood of intense sound, a combination of muscular brutality in the drumming complemented with the solid wall of sound that assaults your eardrums from the guitars, combined with the mostly clean style vocals which equates to a mind blowing contrast of musical extremes.

The instrumental intro 'Chapter 1: New Era' builds an almost space age atmosphere before opening into 'Black Monday', with excellent riffs and good vocal snarls. 'Another World' has a good groove running throughout and the guitars, a sinister edge to them. On 'Denied' I thought there were excellent riffs and angry segments to the vocals. My favourite track 'Division Insane' had the catchiest groove, excellent riffs, and excellent venomous wrath filled vocals.

'Chapter 2: The Phoenix', another instrumental, a momentary lull and the eye of the musical storm is followed by 'And So We Bleed', which opens with an impressively angry scream, good anger and rage in the vocals impressively excellent angry and emotional solo. 'The Luxury Of Pain' has a good groove throughout, a great solo, followed by an interesting Latin acoustic interlude before returning to the familiar wall of sound.

'Caged' has an excellent angry edge to the vocals taking away some of the cleanness and some exciting chugging riffs. A sinister opening and a good groove on 'Masters Of Hate', the penultimate track and the clean vocals are broken this time with angry screaming. Ending with another instrumental, 'The End', its space age atmospherics bringing an end to the album.

Despite the sheer force of the sound, consistent throughout, with the only let up in the instrumentals, a melodic feel was still maintained throughout. An excellent first album, mainly due, for me, to the excellent guitars and drums. None of the tracks were so long that they outstayed their welcome and I did enjoy the dirty side of the vocals: there is no denying Markus' excellent vocal range. The album also has a good clean production.

'Master Of Hate' is out now on Abyss records.




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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