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'Nothin' But Death'
(Bakerteam Records)

Ivan David

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lykaion nothin but death

A couple of days ago I was talking to an Italian musician who is a friend of mine. I was asking him about his opinion on Italian Metal and whether he could lead me towards some new bands. What a cool coincidence to be presented with Lykaion's 'Nothin' But Death', a debut album straight from Italy, courtesy of Bakerteam Records.

Italian Metallers Lykaion cite Sentenced, Poisonblack, Katatonia and Nevermore as their main inspirational sources, and it shows! 'Nothin' But Death' has emphasis on melody, a melancholic vibe and vocal lines filled with hooks. This along with the general rock n' roll vibe of the record makes you think you are actually listening to Sentenced, especially when vocalist Alessandro Sforza sings his first "yeah-yeah"'s at the beginning of the first track. I couldn't help but think about the song 'Noose' from Sentenced's 1996 album 'Down' (I used to listen to this particular record quite a bit).

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However, as soon as the second track, 'A Cold Summer Day', kicks in you get to hear a heavier side of Lykaion. More pounding drum patterns and sections with more riffing will be popping up in certain places throughout the record, giving more edge to the songs and making the Nevermore reference more evident.

I would dare to say that some bits have an In Flames Swedish flavour injected in them, thanks to the harmonizing twin guitar in sections such as the intro for the song 'Passion Kills'. To spice things a bit we also have some clean guitar and acoustic passages thrown into the mix, which give contrast and help to increase the atmosphere of the songs.

Lycaion's music is a mixture of elements and influences that work very good together thanks to the clear production, good song writing and performances full of talent and passion. Some critics will turn the band down, saying they are trying too hard to sound like their influences.

I agree that the voice (an essential factor in terms of identification) sounds too much like Sentenced, but the intrinsic qualities of 'Nothing But Death' work very well as a starting point for a promising band that could evolve in very interesting ways.

Don't miss it if you are a fan of the bands they cite as influences. I definitively want to check their next offering and see the band in a live situation.

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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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