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Release Date: 24th June 2013



uneven structure

Oh my what have these Franco's done! I fell in love with this band upon the release of 'Februus' in 2011, and now I have to do it all over again! A pleasure not a chore as this band is fast becoming an obsession of mine.

So this release, is a re-recording of the band's first EP, '8'. For comparison purposes for the former I shall write '8', and the latter as 'Eight'. I believe the title is stylised as '8' both times but the title track has been written differently, so this will help us get through the article!

The EP is a symphony of djenty progness of the highest order comprising of 8 movements, with TessercT's jangle, Meshuggah's djun djun and a haunting take on the epic ambient uplift of Devin Townsend. This is the sound of the band throughout, consistent, epic and awesome. The tracks fill you with powerful emotion from ambient soundscapes, eargasmic guitars and riffs and a jisstastic inspiring drumming typhoon.

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So how does the new compare to the old. The major difference is the vocals, originally more gritty and shouty, now more controlled and clear, quite delectable., they make me shiver. 'Eight' I think has a lower tone were as '8' was slightly higher and I feel a little faster. Most of '8's tracks were longer but taking the title track on 'Eight' to a full 8 minutes takes the EP four minutes longer at 24m. Is this getting confusing?

From the band that gave me more goosebumps than Norway, I think this remake was a great idea, 'Eight' has more groove and is deeper. Readdressing their routes is obviously helping the band move forward. The band are " their batcave working on a concept which is more engaging allowing room for experimentation and broadening their spectrum", sounds amazing!

Uneven Structure - 'Frost' and 'Hail' from the debut album, 'Februus'.

With the music scene up in the air at the moment and no one not really knowing what will happen to their music or labels, progressive metal seems to be keeping the faith with their dedicated fan base lapping up what material they can get hold of from their favourite artists and of course the bands happy to oblige, providing EP's as a kind of side step from the main albums. Collecting albums and vinyl is popular and if it means bands get to release more music and make a living then it can only be a good thing.

uneven structure

Uneven Structure are adapting well to this format. This progressive band is a developing machine, with an amendment to their lineup and progression of their sound the band wanted to readdress the EP and thank the fans with a new version, available in various bundle deals: My next purchase will be going here!

For fans of Meshuggah, TesseracT, Devin Townsend
Also Try: Uneven Structure - 'Februus'





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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