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'Error' is the third full length and follow up to 2007s 'Oblivion' from Belgian oppressive death Metallers Emptiness. Boasting two members of Enthroned in their line-up, Phorgath on bass/vocals and Olve (Neraath) on guitars/vocals, you might expect a lot of similarity between the two bands particularly from a vocal perspective, however it couldn't be further from the truth, the only similarity being the high standard of music, Phorgath being a sufficiently accomplished vocalist as to be able to use his vocal talents in a completely different manner with Emptiness.

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Consisting of nine tracks of progressive, blackened doom-laden Metal, 'Error' is described by the band as "A journey into descending madness". Sound wise it is very experimental and forward thinking with a real haunting groove. I like that they haven't tried to be too clever, they have stuck to simplistic repeat riffs that build atmosphere and layering on top of this extreme noise and saxophone to add depth and interest to this album.

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Opening with 'Deafer' which begins with a quiet ambient introduction, building into war like drums which take things to the groove laden, mid paced riff that is maintained pretty much throughout all the subsequent tracks, enabling them to flow seamlessly along and into each other. Next, 'Error' has an insane guitar breakout midway through and the addition of saxophone giving it a jazz influence.

On 'It And I' the vocals take on a deeply sinister quality but on 'Worst' have an almost liquid like sound to them ending with some delightfully dissonant guitar rhythms. 'Dissolution' has a chugging and angry atmosphere about it, whilst 'Not Enough' spirals your mind into musical insanity in the last thirty seconds.

I thought 'Low' had an ominous raw feel about it and on 'Nothing' I enjoyed their use of extreme black noise which I felt added a chaotic atmospheric feel. The final track, 'No Earth', brings again to the forefront the hypnotic quality of the guitars. This, in combination with very effective drum work by Jonas Sanders makes for an excellent ending to an excellent album.

I have no favourite track as I absolutely loved this album in its entirety. I thought it had a unique brooding, hypnotic quality to it and certainly pushes musical boundaries way beyond traditional blackened death Metal.

If you like atmospheric groove Metal you will love this. Cover work is done by Brussels-based Blackout Media.

'Error' is available now from Dark Decent 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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