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'Silencing Machine'
(Century Media)

jools green

Jools Green

nachtmystium silencing machine

Having signed with Century Media in 2011, Chicago based black Metal outfit Nachtmystium are now set to release their sixth full length album, 'Silencing Machine'. Although it is preceded by 2010s 'Meddle Pt.2 : Addicts', soundwise this album is more of a the follow up to 2006s 'Instinct: Decay', the feel to the albums being very similar; black Metal at the core but at times going beyond those boundaries.

There is so much I love about this album, one of them being the very versatile vocals of Blake Judd, who expresses a lot of different moods by the way he utilises his voice on the tracks. The album opens with 'Dawn Over The Ruins Of Jerusalem', which has a very traditional Nordic influenced black Metal sound, distorted fast guitars and vocal style, as does the next track 'Silencing Machine', so no complaints from me!

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'And I Control You' begins with slow, haunting distorted guitars giving the track a very atmospheric feel. It's a slower number but the vocals are much more aggressive and angry; all this gives the track a deeply sinister edge. Also in this mix is a fabulous solo that has a slightly distorted edge.

'The Lepers Of Destitution' at eight minutes is the longest track of the album and here the vocals take on a painful scream to their sound.

The beautiful 'Borrowed Hope And Broken Dreams' has a slight death/doom edge to its sound and haunting, depressive lyrics and depressive distorted vocals. The thing that left me curious was the backing vocals. I couldn't decide or discover if they were female or synthesised but they added an interesting touch.

A return to traditional black Metal styling on 'I Wait In Hell'. The tortuous edge to the vocals and plenty of tempo change making it a particularly interesting track.

'Decimation, Annihilation' has an interesting catchy down tuned rhythm to it that just chugs along, sweeping you up with it whilst the vocals abrade your mind relentlessly. Splendid!

'Reduced To Ashes' is another old school sounding black Metal track with the return of the mysterious female sounding backing vocals. I loved 'Give Me The Grave'; it's slower paced with melancholic vocals, a wonderfully reflective and depressive track; even the solo was depressive. Excellent stuff!

The final track, 'These Rooms In Which We Weep', is a slower paced blackened number with a doom laden feel and tortuous vocals, with beautiful crisp guitars interwoven in the doomy distortion. The track tails away but not without a lot of twists and turns to the tempo keeping the interest in this seven minute finale to the last distorted note. A wonderfully melancholic end to the album.

If you like black Metal you will love this excellent album. It is black at the core but encompasses so much more.

Recorded at Engine studios, Chicago and released on July 30th via Century Media.




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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