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'This Is The Six'
(Search And Destroy)

Sophie Colson

sophie colson

while she sleeps this is the six

A phrase that has been almost unanimously used to describe 'This Is The Six' is "the most highly anticipated album of the year". If the hype was anything to go by, it was going to be a game changer not only for While She Sleeps, but for hardcore infused Metal itself. And the album is now sure to be described as a modern day classic.

The Sheffield five piece had a strong start with 'The North Stands For Nothing' mini album in 2010, but have soared above expectations with their second release. The first sign of great things to come was with the release of 'Dead Behind The Eyes', which is the first track on the album. It gives no time to prepare for the frenzy that hits you, being heavier than anything on their previous release and the most ferocious on 'This Is The Six'. It pounds with anger and frustration as well as an honesty that can be seen throughout.

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The concept behind the 'Six' is that there are six members of the band, the extra member is the people that have helped them to get to where they are, and in a live situation this member would be assumed to be the audience. Although it cannot be said that one track stands out as much better than the rest, it is undeniable that no other song will unite the crowd and the band as much as the title track. It has the best of both things that While She Sleeps are masters of: catchy melodic lines and assaulting heaviness.

'False Freedom' has an effortlessly flowing riff that leads into the song. Defiant in their message, they deliver it convincingly with one of the most memorable choruses. The simplicity of the piano and gang vocals in a temporary calmness gives the song more emotion and is something that plays a bigger part in this album.

Although 'Be(lie)ve' was released in early 2011, the track on the album has been re-recorded, sounding much clearer and some slight variations show that you can't second guess what While She Sleeps are going to do next. The riff at the beginning is more prominent and punchy, grabbing your attention straight away, while an extended passage towards the end throws you off guard.

'Love At War' leads you into a false sense of security with a piano led intro and clean singing, before the drums lead into an explosion of riffing and bass heavy verses. Finishing in the same way it started, it is set apart from the bordering songs. The party vibe of 'The Plague Of A New Age' that follows brings a bounce that is impossible not to move to, while still being unbelievably heavy.

It is clear that WSS have not forgotten about 'The North Stands For Nothing' as they have moved forward, with 'This Is The Six' echoing the structure of the previous release. Instrumental 'The Chapel' allows a softer, but still as inspiring side of WSS to come through, as did songs such as 'Lost Above The Arches' on the mini album, something that was a highlight of 'The North Stands For Nothing'. The chorus of the title track to the mini album is sang during the emotionally charged 'Our Courage, Our Cancer', as well as the album being referred to in closer 'Reunite', which feels as though it sums up their two releases so far.

'This Is The Six' has set the bar even higher for hardcore/Metal bands and this will be the standard for which all others are compared to. You should catch them on their UK headline tour starting in September, as this will probably be the last time you will have the chance to see them in such small venues.




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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