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The Black Heart, London

Ivan David

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The Guys at Chaos Theory Music have distinguished themselves by gathering bands with a wider scope both musically and conceptually at The Facemelter.

Treating audiences to line-ups with acts that have strong links but are different enough to create a very interesting night. The Facemelter experience is always the same and always different, the same exciting vibe through a different musical journey.

On Friday May 2nd I went through it again at The Blackheart in Camden. Karybdis, Invocation and Darkeye were responsible for this particular experience and at the end of the night my friends and I started reflecting on each band. It was hard for everyone to pick their favourite act of the night, but everyone had a great time.

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South London Metallers Darkeye started things with full force. You could say that their thick and punishing sound is partly thanks to the fact that they use seven string guitars, but a solid bass/drums foundation is important and these guys have it.

The band first struck me as being raw (in a good way) and more straightforward, but during the set their wide range of influences started popping out of their sound gradually. Artists from Karnivool and Porcupine Tree to Strapping Young Lad and Opeth are mentioned as inspirations, but they incorporate these musical elements while keeping things pretty Metal and within their own sound.

The use of grooves, djenty riffs, doomy riffs and a touch of blastbeats generate an interesting dynamic that remains intense and relentless. These guys had the difficult task of getting the crowd going and they did a great job. Their bass player Jeff Barber stands out as being passionate and connected to the audience. Check them out at


Milton Meynes based Invocation followed and I was hooked from the start. They finished setting their gear up and all of a sudden the riffing and growling started, like if someone turned on a switch on their backs and they just went for it. Like that scene on 'The Deer Hunter' where the guys are quiet in a room, one of them playing the piano and then it cuts right to DeNiro burning guys in Vietnam with a flame thrower.

I have to say that Invocation was the band with the most energy and the most variety music wise. Their technical branch of Metal is focused on energy rather than the urge to display speed, ability or complexity and they create great atmospherics using synths from backing track and occasional jazzy interludes.

Their bass player came offstage to join the headbanging crowd a couple of times and I am pretty sure everyone's necks are in huge pain after their set. They gave everything to the audience, like it should be. Check them out at


Last in line were Karybdis, who took the stage and they were charismatic right from the start. I got acquainted with them thanks to last year's Tech Fest and it was really cool seeing them again. With a contemporary sound and a consciousness of traditional Metal, their riffs are intricate, distinguishable and catchy, with a great sense of melody and atmosphere.

They have some tremolo picking passages and also some fast thrashy moments that really grabbed me. The space between songs was filled by synth passages courtesy of a backing track, which I think worked very well and helped with their set being really cohesive.

The crowd was enjoying it a lot (lots of headbangers) and I got the impression that most of the people were there to see them. A great closure for another awesome night. Check them out at

The Facemelter is a monthly event. Make sure you catch the next one. Check the follosing links for more details:

Pics by Magda Wrzeszcz




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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