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  OUTCAST
'Awaken the Reason'
(Listenable Records)
Jools Green

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Parisian progressive technical death Metallers Outcast have just unleashed upon the Metal world their third album, 'Awaken The Reason', a worthy successor to 2008s full length 'Self-Injected Reality' and I am seriously impressed.

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There is a huge amount of variety within the tracks to keep your interest and focus, quite an achievement as some of the tracks are absolute marathons such as 'Isolation' at nine minutes and the finale 'Awaken The Reason - Part XI: Reprise' at almost eight minutes.

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Clément Mauro's very competent bass playing also holds its own on this album and an instrument that often slips into insignificance on so many albums is beautifully embellished by the Mathieu Santin's clear, precise and powerful drum work. A lot of Technical Metal can be hard to listen to but the progressive edge and catchy groove that runs right throughout the whole album made listening both easy and exciting.

Opening with the bouncy 'Elements', your interest is immediately grabbed and this hold is maintained as you move onto 'Abysmal', catchy, with a slower emotive chorus and excellent guitar solo.

Here Wilfried demonstrates the full range of his vocal capabilities. 'A Solace From The Shade' is delightfully discordant but still maintains that catchy groove. 'Awaken The Reason - Part IV: When Dawn Brings Clarity', is an instrumental three and a half minutes of piano based, reflective ambience.

'Spin Angular Moments' drags you right back into the frenzy, with an excellent solo midway through. 'Unspoken' is another chugging, bouncy track with some spectacular drum work and an interesting intro. The previously mentioned musical marathon of nine minutes, 'Isolation', opens gently with a gradual build in intensity until you catch the groove and are surfing on a monstrous wave of sound.

'Fallen Years' is awash with brilliant intricate patterns. I absolutely love the down tuned groove that runs through the very emotive 'What Would Be My Final Commitment?'

The melodic and slightly sludgy 'Man's Last Failure' builds in intensity and intricacy as it progresses to epic proportions at its end. The final track, 'Awaken The Reason - Part XI: Reprise', begins gently, but as this seven minute marathon of a finishing track progresses, so the intensity builds with some excellent guitar inserts and patterns built into this memorable finale.

This is an album of eleven tracks and fifty nine minutes of sheer excellence. No favourite track, I can't possibly choose one. Any fan of extreme progressive technical Metal should check this band out immediately; it's one of the best albums from this genre that I've heard this year and one that I will play for quite some time.

'Awaken The Reason' is available now on Listenable Records.

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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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