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  INCOMING CEREBRAL OVERDRIVE
'Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift
(Supernatural Cat)
Release Date: 7th May

Jools Green

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The third album, 'Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift' from Tuscany's Incoming Cerebral Overdrive, is as far removed from that tranquil setting as is imaginable.

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Follow up to 2008s 'Controverso', the concept of the album is, as described by the band; "An imaginary, dark and lonely trip adrift, discovered in a diary. Emotions of fear, anger and irrational excitement are expressed, waiting for a certain epilogue into desolation, a final annihilation in a cosmic fusion."

You certainly get a sense of this when you listen. They have developed and expanded the limits of their sound on this latest album.

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The band's style on this album is very much progressive post hard-core, a sonic and psychedelic mix of unpredictable sound with grooves that are rhythmic and hypnotic. A very broad vocal range, that is at times quite outstanding, from Samuele Storai.

The guitar work of Maurizio Tuci and Stefano Tocci has discordant jazz influenced riffs and is bursting with ferocious energy. The addition to the mix of Stefano Tocci's synthesiser adds a psychedelic and spacy feel. Alessio Corsini on bass adds huge amounts of weight and depth to the overall guitar sound and the drumming by Filippo Baldi are excellently tailored to fit in and around the discordant and complex riffs and rhythms.

The tracks flow seamlessly into each other, opening with 'Mirzam' with its pulsating rhythms, spiralling morse-code like riffs and bombarding vocals.

'Sirius' contains sonic waves of sound, the synthesiser adding a psychedelic feel to the sludgy groove that permeates this track while 'Betelgeuse' continues the theme with pulsating riffs from bass and guitars and sonic waves from the synthesiser.

The gentle beginning to 'Kochab' expands into guttural vocals and excellent down tuned guitar work. 'Adhara' has frantic drum rhythms that crash and collide relentlessly around your head, easing into synthesiser rhythms towards the end but still maintaining that frantic quality to the drumming.

'Pherkad' is densely rhythmic with vocals that are sometimes rasping and growly and other times gentle and haunting. This track demonstrates Samuele's vocal range at its broadest and the 'feedback' at the end of this track is a total ear-bleeder.

You don't get a chance to recover from that before 'Sirius B' is launched at your already weakened auditory system. The hypnotic guitar rhythms and drum work do begin to have a soothing effect about midway through the track, preventing you from noticing the vocals are still shredding the inside of your ears.

The gentle slower pace of 'Polaris' combined with the low growl of the vocals has quite a relaxing feel and ends with monastic, choral sounding vocals. The rhythmic and catchy 'Bellatrix' by midway achieves quite a driving pace and excellent vocal screams.

'Rigel', the album closer is the longest track at almost eleven minutes, the rest of the album being pretty much all under the five minute barrier. Epic in both sound and length serves almost as a précis to the rest of the album with the extent of its content.

The more I listen to this album the more I like it. A musical journey of forty six minutes that gets into your blood and takes over your mind, the rhythms being so addictive.

This is a unique album that certainly pushes the boundaries from a music perspective. 'Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift' will be out on May 7th on Supernatural Cat.

3.5.12





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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