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jools green

'Netherwards' is the debut full length and follow up to demo, 'The Drear' from Seattle based Anhedonist. As a first album it is an impressive offering, so much so it is hard to believe that this is only their first.

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Consisting of just four tracks of mesmerising doom Metal totalling forty minutes, even the most seasoned musicians would be challenged to ensure such epic length tracks were not repetitive, but these, I can assure you are far from that.

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Both the composition and musicianship are excellent. 'Netherwards' is awash with unnerving ambiance, dense sludgy guitar tones and vocals that are guttural, yet majestically haunting, lending such a rich atmosphere to the album. To that, add the combination of harrowing melodies and an overwhelmingly depressive vibe and the result is a depth of sound that is both immense and mind-blowing.

Opening with 'Saturnine', initially so quiet you need to concentrate to hear it and then the growl hits you square on... add the sludgy, chugging, depressing guitars and the combination knocks you down and drags you along, sweeping you up helplessly like leaves on the wind.

'Estrangement' has a gentle and reflective opening, hypnotic crashing of cymbals interspaced between distorted guitars before the vocals sweep in like a darkly tragic breeze, becoming tortured as the track progresses.

The shortest track (at a modest five minutes) 'Carne Liberatus' is haunting, with hypnotic guitar rhythms and deep harrowing vocals that become darker and more oppressive as the track progresses giving you the feeling that something truly dark has been let loose upon the world.

The final and longest track (at a mighty fifteen and a half minutes) 'Inherent Opprobrium' opens with clean guitars, the haunting intro with atmosphere building, simple drum beats builds gradually in intensity progressing on to distorted, sludgy, doom laden guitars along with slow, deep, growling vocals that become agonising at the nine minute mark accompanied by a simple painful repeat riff on guitar for added effect before fading out on a single note. This track is the stuff that nightmares are made of! Excellent!

This is such an atmospheric and emotional album. Just listening leaves you exhausted, but in such a good way.

'Netherwards' just evokes so many thoughts, probing into that very dark space at the back of your mind. An amazing and excellent album.

'Netherwards' is out now on 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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