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poison gas in the living room

Bleakscape Records are known in the music underground for their extreme boundary pushing productions. Their reputation for going where other labels fear to tread is now highlighted on an eleven track compilation CD, 'Poison Gas In The Living Room' featuring a mix of past, present and future releases.

As the title suggests, and the cover art concurs, with its simplistic yet sadistically graphic illustration, the compilation is an exploration into the darker aspects of the human psyche, with many of the tracks touching on themes of extreme sadism and violence.

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It is always difficult with compilations, stuff you love and stuff you are less keen on. On 'Poison Gas In The Living Room' there are two standout tracks for me. The first is the opener, one of the most terrifyingly brilliant tracks I have heard in a long while, Franklin Bollvolt The First's 'Melrose Ave', the latest project from Martin Daniels (Derelict Sermon) echoing footsteps, blackened extreme noise, deep terrifying vocals courtesy of Jason L (ex. Antichrist, co-conspirator on this project).

The other is Derelict Sermon – 'Theme To Black Communion' which is blackened, evil and terrifying, a track not available on any of the previous Derelict Sermon albums and is as the title suggests the theme to a short film called 'Black Communion'.

The album also contains tracks by Mahler Haze- 'The Curtains Are Twitching', ambient, instrumental, Krautrock from Belgium. An interesting track but a touch long due to the absence of lyrical content. There are two tracks by The Terror Couple, 'As I Seep Out (Black Wolves In My Mind)' and 'Poison Gas World', dark drone with spoken vocals from Leonica Flynn.

There are also two tracks from The Dirty Butchers, 'Those Friends Of Ours', starting with a Latino feel but then the pace begins to build and the horror begins and 'These Friends Of Ours', terror filled but at forty five seconds long, blink and you will miss it.

Also tracks from Imprint – 'Feedback', ambient, melodic, murky Goth with vocals from Sin D' Rella, Bad Blood – 'Nightlands', interesting, in an ear-splitting way.

Survivalist – 'Regina Filomina Rachid' and Bagman – 'Pennance'.

Melrose Ave, The Dirty Butchers, Bad Blood and Mahler Haze will be releasing on Bleakscape in 2013.

'Poison Gas In The Living Room' compilation is out now from Bleakscape Records.

★★★★★ (for Derelict Sermon and Melrose Ave)

★★★☆☆ (for the rest)




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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