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This band reminded me of the warm feeling I had when I was introduced to Swedish melodic death Metal during the late 90s. Symbolic have a good balance of heaviness and catchiness here. The songs have usual verse/chorus structures and the complexity of the riffing and arrangements is wisely regulated with an emphasis on melodyin order to captivate the listener and create a certain appeal.

The interesting aspects of 'Scarvest' are in the big part courtesy of the riffs, guitar licks and melodies. I understand this is supposed to be guitar-based Metal, but with all these well-crafted guitar work and engaging sections I believe there is a lot to potential to have a more interesting dialogue between the musicians by giving a little bit of spotlight to the drums, bass and yes, the vocals.

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Symbolic have a good vocalist, but the first impression I got was not out of the ordinary. At first I assumed that the record was going to be condemned to a down tuned boring growl, which seems to be a bit buried under the mix. However, I was pleasantly surprised to hear songs where the vocals are more varied and expressive.

The title track is a highlight and a great example. The momentum captured by the instruments is effectively led by screams loaded with authentic emotional energy, giving the track a great finale. This expressiveness is somethingthat the first couple of tracks don't show very often, but things get more interesting later on...


The instrumental 'MySery' is next, serving as both a dramatic/atmospheric/melodic intermission and also as an intro for the second half of the record, which for my money is better than the first half, more varied and interesting both instrumentally and vocally.

If I was the producer I would have told these guys to open the record with the song 'Bittersweet'. An aptly titled track that blends a lot of elements with more versatility and creativity that really gave me a more satisfactory journey, evidencing the sounds that Symbolic uses and what the band is capable of.


If the follow up to 'Scarvest' is comprised of more daring and spontaneous songs I truly believe that Symbolic could start a series of groundbreaking musical offerings. I would advise you to get the record and judge by yourself.

Look for a hidden song at the end of the last track. It's always good to introduce a bit of humour in there. I will be checking the next one for sure and if they're playing live anywhere close I could definitively see myself attending.

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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.

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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