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'The Lodge Of Transcendence'
(Independent release)

jools green

Jools Green

Sylvan Realm The Lodge of Transcendence

Originally starting out as a one man black Metal act called Reverie, Sylvan Realm, now a three piece, have self released their first full length, 'The Lodge Of Transcendence'.

Their sound is best summed up as an and eclectic mix of melodic black, death and folk Metal, made interesting by the progressive and at times almost psychedelic edge it takes on through the melodies and vocal styles. The vocals are very varied, with blackened screams, deep growls, shouts and spoken elements and the guitars, on the whole, have an upbeat optimistic feel to them.

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Totalling forty one minutes, this six track debut is certainly varied. On some tracks it even seems to change genre midway; however it is an interesting and easy listen. The range of variety and tempo change keeps your mind on the album, necessary with every track being between five and eleven minutes in length.

I expected the opening track, 'Sylvan Realm', to begin with an atmospheric intro of some description but instead you are launched straight into the track. I loved the up tempo and upbeat guitars also the screaming vocals but there was a shouting vocal element which, for me didn’t quite sit right. The mid section of the track changes mood and tempo to a more blackened feel and deeper growling vocals which I liked also.

I loved 'Disappear Into The Landscape'. I thought it had the perfect balance of harsh blackened vocals and up tempo guitars with a very emotive feel and a strong folk Metal edge to it.

'Temple Of Not' flowed straight out of the back of the previous track, blackened folk Metal with a slower emotive start, then the pace picks up and there is a spoken interlude midway breaking up this nine minute marathon.

Title track 'The Lodge Of Transcendence', another long one, begins on a sustained note opener before breaking into delightfully doom laden guitars. There is an extended instrumental intro before the harsh vocals kick in. the shouting vocals reappear on this track but this time I felt they worked far better. Initially starting with a blackened feel this track develops into a folk orientated style towards the end with more spoken lyrics.

The penultimate track, 'Twilight Kingdom', is predominantly acoustic guitar with spoken lyrics which drop at times to a whisper. I found this a very reflective and emotive piece which would have made a good album closer.

Right at the end is 'Track 6', lasting just fifteen seconds and consisting of what sounded like reversed speech. I am not sure what this was about but given its minimal duration I am not going to ponder over that too long.

'The Lodge Of Transcendence' is overall an enjoyable listening experience and will get quite a few spins from me.




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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