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'On The Dawning Of Light'

jools green

Jools Green

nine covens on the dawning of light

Mysterious UK black Metallers Nine Covens are back with their second album 'On The Dawning Of Light'. This album is described by the band as "Mixing vitriolic black Metal with darker, surrounding atmospheres and marks a defined step forward for the band".

Also conceptually this album takes up where 'On The Coming Of Darkness' left off; exploring how humanity have come to the realisation that they have been held under control for too long, broken free and moved on. Framed through the perspective of religious belief, this album represents a wider social commentary about the state of the modern world and the subjugation of all people. “

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Opening with 'Origin Of Light', an atmospheric distorted build up and then the vitriolic vocals kick in, the tempo changes and classic black Metal riffs make this track disturbing yet catchy.

'As Fire Consumes' has a catchy up tempo opener, overlaid by a clean sharp lead guitar which gives a strong feel of flames advancing and engulfing. Incisive, interesting tempo changes and a whole lot of seriously mental drum work.

'At The Ocean's Strand', has a fast tempo with the addition of a deeper vocal growl used at one point adding interest and darker elements within the track, fading out on a sustained distorted note.

On 'The Mist Of Death', the distorted riff intro and sinister drum beat give the feel of something ominous approaching and gaining on you, the slower pace of the track and laboured vocals adding a deathly morbid feel. The track drops away towards the end and the mist dissipates.

'The Fog of Deceit' is faster paced and the guitars have a sinister haunting edge to their repeat riff. The pace becomes intense midway and sees the return of the deep sinister growl. Crashing cymbals add much to the depth of the music and multiple twists and turns in the tempo keep you fully focused on this sinister yet catchy track.

A powerful vocal growl accompanies the frantic drum and guitars as 'To Quench A Raging Flame' opens. I liked how the sound momentarily dropped away to a distortion about half way through. The final minute builds to an intense breakneck pace before falling away and ending on a distorted scream.

'White Star Acception' opens and continues at a slower pace, much as you might expect for a longer length track, with a distant, haunting and melancholic atmosphere to the guitars and the drums skilfully adding a subtitle texture and rhythm to the background. The track drops away to simple guitar halfway, briefly, before returning to carve out the remainder of the melancholic musical journey. As a seven minute instrumental you would imagine it would get a bit tedious but it doesn't, something hypnotic holds onto your thoughts as you listen.

Haunting distant repeat guitar riffs and frantic drum work are overlaid by harrowing vocal screams on 'Over The Ocean's Way'. Several dramatic tempo changes midway leave you excitedly wondering where the musical journey will take you next.

' A Burning Ember' begins with a sinister distorted repeat riff opener, this riff is repeated cleanly by the lead guitar and sharply and overlaid as the track progresses adding depth and interest to this final track.

'On The Dawning Of Light' is a deeply emotional and intense album with excellent vocals that are at times a desperate agonising scream, others a deeper growl, with powerful drum work that adds a lot to the texture and atmosphere, as do the different guitar applications.

For me, a good black Metal album is like a journey you are forced to face and this does just that. A high quality album from the UK's most mysterious black Metal outfit.

I liked 'On The Coming Of Darkness' but I love 'On The Dawning Of Light', nine excellent tracks that are hard to pick a favourite from, such is the consistency of quality. Available on November 12th from Candlelight 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.

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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