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Doom ahoy! I didn't see this coming at all, having heard the single 'Boneflower' but I think that's a valid enough excuse to be forgiven.

'Moonhorse' strikes in with the gloomy discord of doom and a rockin solo at a mega eight minutes and 42 seconds and actually sets the tone for most of this release as all but 'Pandora's Egg' and 'Boneflower' are in suit. Mostly a slower pace Heavy Metal doom, like a gloomy version of The Devils Blood, however that is not to say that the attitude is depressive.

I still feel slightly uplifted whist listening; the context tells a story and the composition is in depth with chord structures and melody patterns long with subtle effects and changes.

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The production is not over polished, which I think is a pro as it feels more real and makes you feel involved and enveloped, like the tracks are wrapping around me. Such as 'Avatarium', the chanting, church organ and guitar riffs build around me lighting up my imagination with stormy clouds and Fantasia.


'Boneflower' I love. Certainly the pop song of the album when in comparison but in it's own context a more heavy metal psychedelic track and actually the shortest track of the album at five minutes 26 seconds. The album is all in the same key and tone, whilst not monogamous it is on the bearable side of repetitiveness, some parts sound familiar, like you have just heard a section in the previous song, but really all this means is that it needs a few listens to remember each track individually - no easy feat with the length of these tracks averaging just over seven minutes!

The good thing is that these songs are all enjoyable to nod along to, something that's great for background music for atmosphere, calming yet determined for driving to and brilliant for drinking at home alone to chill and space out to. 'Tides Of Telepathy' proves this well and actually I'd like the guitar solo to go completely over the top and last another couple of minutes instead of the fade out.


The album ends as curiously as it starts. 'Lady In The Lamp', whilst starting slow with just vocals and piano, whilst long I suddenly find myself at the end with yet another heartfelt solo and powerful undertones.

Whilst the Swedish band are barely even a year young, the experience and quality booms through with guitarist Marcus Jidell of Everygrey, bassist Leif Edling of Candlemass, drummer Lars Sköld of Tiamat and Dr Carl Westholm, keymaster of Jupiter Society and Carp Tree mixed with the bluesy vocals of Jennie-Ann Smith makes for a winning combination.


I don't see any reason for anyone not to like this album and let's hope they get over to the UK soon for some live appearances!





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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