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'Dreaming Skies'

Andy Millen

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This is the first solo offering from Waleed Ahmed of Lahore based death Metal band Dionysus (of which more in a later column), and is available on iTunes here and on CD form via Moontone Records.

This album can best be described as 'Ambient Doom' with its acoustic guitar led tracks, leading to mournful electric riffs, with often whispered vocals; parts raise goosebumps on the skin as the haunting melodies swirl around you.

In places, reminiscent of bands such as Agalloch, however, do not dismiss Lohikarma as mere copyists.

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The piano based intro track 'Death Of The Laminath' (1.06) (played by Umar Ahmed who is also responsible for the cover) leads in to the acoustic guitars of the first instrumental track, 'Echoes Of The Lost' (3.43) building to a crescendo with the drums before fading out.

The third track, 'Elysium' (5.56) kicks off with backtracked acoustic guitars, leading into the main doom-laden riff, with atmospheric whispered vocals and melodic lead breaks. Nothing seems out of place.

Fourth up is 'Lemniscate' (6.48) which begins with picked chords over the tuneful bass line, duelling with sonorous crunch riffs, until 3.35 in when the low growl of the vocal line takes over. This short verse is succeeded by staccato riffing, dying away as the main melodies take over and continue their due, again losing you in the music until the end of the track.

Fifth track, 'Take This life' (6.50) is a ballad. Beginning as an acoustic lament, the various instrumental and vocal lines blend seamlessly, and when Waleed's characteristic growl takes over (3.35) and the crunch guitars come out to play (4.05) it doesn't feel forced, as the song crescendos to a furious conclusion. This track, for me, wins the 'best track award'.

Finally, the title track 'Dreaming Skies' (5.23) and the main riff central to this track is reprised throughout in a number of different forms, (a characteristic of all the tracks), the falsetto vocals mixed with Waleed's growl seem to work well here, as again does the characteristic switching from heavy to light riffing.

For a self produced album, the quality is very high, and Waleed appears a very capable composer, arranger and performer. The one criticism I suppose is the use of sequenced drums, but even these work well with the songs overall. If bands like Agalloch are your bag, then this is a must here.

Gonna give this one 5 beers.

Produced by Waleed Ahmed.
All guitars, vocals and drum sequencing, Waleed Ahmed.
Piano on 'Death Of The Lamiath', Umair Ahmed.

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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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