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I'm a fan of Satyricon, but I can't proclaim to know literally everything about them, but they're black metal right? Different to the norm, yes, and probably why I like them. But this album is doom, pure doom!

Heavy, dark, ominous, dischorded, slow. I really didn't see this coming. In fact the intro and first track, 'Tro og Kraft (Faith and Power)' are a little disappointing start to the album, not shit tracks but it doesn't entice you in, it throws you off more than anything. However, 'Our World, It Rumbles Tonight' gives us a taste of what we're used to, thundering and chugging along like a steam train.

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'Noctunral Flare' starts off doomy and then kicks into the sound and tone we love of Satyricon where as 'Phoenix' has singing! The vocals, curticy of Sivert Høyem of Madrugada, in fact make this track almost a ballad - of black metal sorts. It's certainly a brave step to take, there's going to be a lot of haters out there, but I for one like it, it's a great track and stands out on the album for me. I am starting to get the tiniest hint that with this album that maybe they have been a touch safe, it is rather relaxed in comparison to previous material...

Oh I spoke too soon, 'Walker Upon The Wind', oh hello old brutal friend. Well then this album is quite a varied mix. The cohesion isn't too great if I'm honest, the flow is very jaggered. No gentle river here, this is a ride on the rapids and right now we're on the haunting eerie dark rocks! That's not to say any of the tracks are bad, you just can't guess what's going to come next, not that you'd want a predictable album though!


'Nekrohaven' makes me smile with Frost's quirky drumming, a more upbeat track for the album. The next few track pass by with the same doomy death tones and then just shy of an hour, it's over. I am left slightly bewildered, I like this album, but, there's just this but. But what, more? perhaps. More balls? More out there, I'm not sure. This my take a fair few more listens to feel comfortable with it and really suss what it's about.

To be honest this review probably doesn't help you decide too much really does it! But you've got an idea of what to expect right? I think some of these tracks would probably slide in quite well to the live set (didn't manage to catch them the other week or at Download this year). It's not all bad, I almost feel like it's a test - dare I like this too much!?





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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