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  ETERNAL HELCARAXE
'Against All Odds'
(Abyss Records)


jools green



Eternal Helcaraxe were formed in 2003 with the intention of writing a black Metal project based on raw emotion and atmosphere. The EP 'To Whatever End' was released in 2010 and finally after a couple of line-up changes the black/epic Metallers from Cavan, Ireland have released the aptly titled 'Against All Odds'.

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This is a consistent album which flows fluidly from track to track: very atmospheric, emotive, melancholic at times and even folky sounding in places but the strong overall black Metal feel prevails, despite the other influences which encompass it. The lyrics are well written and thought provoking.

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Three of the band members are involved in the vocal duties. Praetorian who also plays guitars and keyboards, Maulgrim also on guitars and Thule who plays bass. This adds a lot of depth to the vocals. The drum work from Tyrith is excellent throughout the album.

Opening with 'Claim Your Place With The Gods', an atmospheric and melancholic instrumental that builds gradually and flows straight into the catchy, fast tempo track 'One Stands Still Here'.

The black Metal anthem 'Invictus' has catchy riffs and varying tempo change keeping your interest. 'We Assist Death' has fast, precise drumming and catchy riffs. The mood changes in the final two minutes with an excellent melancholic repeat riff are very emotive. I really enjoyed this track.

I also liked 'Shadow Of The Wolf'; another catchy track with strong vocals.

'As The Snow Gathers' was also very emotive because of the orchestration and I liked how the clean and harsh vocals were cleverly balanced to add atmosphere.

The heroically lyrical 'Echoes Through Our Blood' was my favourite track. The combination of chugging guitars, the balance of harsh and clean vocals and the distorted spoken segment half way through was awesome.

The final track 'Against All Odds (All The Battles To Come - Part II)' I liked musically: good guitar work and acoustic interlude half way through, however there was something about the vocals on this track that didn't quite gel with me but not enough to detract from the overall product.

As debut albums go this is pretty good, with some real high points to it and a few tracks that I really enjoyed. It will be interesting to see what Eternal Helcaraxe have to offer in the future. I believe they are a band that has huge potential.

'Against All Odds' is available now from Abyss Records.

16.5.12





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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