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'The Seth Avalanche'
(Abyss Records)

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Previously self-released in 2009 under the title of 'Not Quite What I Had In Mind', Sweden's death/thrash Quartet Septikh have re-released their six track EP as 'The Seth Avalanche'. This EP is a real mixed bag of tracks encompassing thrash, death, blues and punk but the common factors are a good raw sound with a strong rhythm and a good sense of humour. This all makes for 'catchy as' tunes that are fun!

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This is a very listenable EP, one that takes you by surprise,just on the basis of the sheer variety it contains. David Wikström on guitar and Patrik Ström on bass competently execute the broad spectrum of musical styles that make up this album. No need to consult the lyric sheet either thanks to excellent, clear to understand vocals from Nils Meseke which range from a deep growl to a rasping scream.

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I love the drum work from Staffan Persson - fast, complex and adding a lot of interest to the overall sound. These guys clearly enjoy what they do and don't take themselves too seriously which is always a good thing.

The opening track, 'Fuckslut From Hell' is as funny as it gets from a lyrical perspective and as I mentioned, no need to consult the lyric sheet thanks to the clear vocals, so the humour will hit you first listen. This is also a catchy track that has a fast punky feel to it and a pretty decent solo. At this point you will be wondering just what the rest of the album has in store.

Next up is 'Shoot Them All', a chugging chunk of death Metal that has a catchy a groove to it. 'Blunt Force To The Head' is a mid-paced and chugging piece of menacing death Metal that goes ballistic at about the halfway point.

The fastpaced 'Not Quite What I Had In Mind' is a thrash track with witty lyrics. You really have to admire the sense of humour of these guys.

I absolutely love 'Eating The Maneater', another fun track that has an excellent Bluesy groove to it making it a memorably catchy track with excellent distorted guitars and another fun solo.

I love the final track, 'The Seth Avalanche'. It's catchy, blackened death but also has real groove to it with a brief technical riff slipped in for good measure.

'The Seth Avalanche' is twenty two minutes of fun and definitely worth a listen.

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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