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'Mountains Of Dead'
(Disgorge Media)

jools green

Jools Green

marasmus mountains of dead

'Mountains Of Dead' is the debut album from Kansas death/speed Metal quartet Marasmus. On first inspection the cover art serves as a warning of what is in store for your ears with the imagery of a bulldozer shovelling mountains of corpses into piles.

The album consists of ten tracks totalling twenty five minutes of concentrated and focused extreme Metal. This is very much a get in, get the job done and get out again album. The tracks flow from one to the next with no time to pause and catch your breath. Each is a full on assault.

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The first thing to hit you is an intense wall of sound that slams into you, face first, but after the initial shock from the sonic impact you quickly get into it because despite the intensity there are surprisingly catchy rhythms within the construct.

This album also makes a real impression, not just on your ears but on your mind, with lyrics that are both challenging and entertaining. This is brutal, pure speed, at times technical, with relentless pounding from the drums and the vocals ranging from gargling growls at one end to squeals at the other.

The opening intro, 'Among The Deceased' is an atmosphere builder with the sound of buzzing flies and crow squawks. You can almost smell the mounds of rotting corpses. The mood of death and decay is suddenly broken as 'Modes Of Vitriol' hits you with such a force that initially it's a shock but the feel and intention of the music soon becomes apparent and as extreme as it is, the fast furious yet catchy rhythms soon get inside your head.

Continuing at an insanely fast pace throughout, the core of several tracks including 'Gnostic Decimation' and 'Bone Sculpture' are constructed from a mix of chugging and spiralling riffs making them both catchy and exciting listening.

'Another Helpless Victim' has some interesting grind core influenced vocal squeals and sounds. I loved 'Shut The Fuck Up And Die'. It has a pulsating anthem like quality and I am seriously considering making it my own personal theme tune.

'Casket Made Of Ivory' is one of the most interesting tracks of the album with multiple twists and turns to the tempo.

Something that made a very positive impression on me was that despite the brutal, gargling vocal style, the lyrics were quite clear and easy to understand, much to my amusement on tracks like 'Syphilitic'. Definitely plenty of blackened humour here.

'Behold The Mountain' is an atmospheric precursor to the final and title track, 'Mountains Of Dead', which ends the album in the same intense manner that it began.

'Mountains Of Dead' is an exciting, intense chunk of extreme Metal and one thing is for certain - it will have an impact on you.

Definitely worth a listen. Go on, you know you want to... what's the worst that can happen?

'Mountains Of Dead' is out now on Disgorge 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.

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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