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'The Devil Went Down To The Holy Land'

Andy Millen

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Israel's Betzefer rock up with their third album in a career that has seen them as support to bands such as Sepultura, Lamb Of God and Megadeth. Now signed to Germany's Steamhammer/SPV Label and with German and European tours planned through 2013/4, this should see them go from strength to strength.

After the intro, the storming rocky title track (above) kicks in, with its no holds barred lyrics, setting the tone both musically and lyrically for the rest of the album. Avitar Tamir's vocals sounding top notch throughout. 'Killing The Fuss' is followed by 'Cash' then 'Yuppie 6 Feet Underground' showing a style with nods in influence to bands like the aforementioned Sepultura and Pantera.

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'Cop Killer' is next up and is as unforgiving as the title sounds. Matan Cohen's Guitar work is brilliant throughout. I personally prefer bands in this thrash style to use two guitarists but the sound here works very well. 'Sledgehammer' is next up, doing just what is says on the tin, followed by 'The Medic And Milk'.

A nod here to the bassist, Rotem Inbar and the drummer Roey Berman, providing phenomenal rhythm to round the sound off well. 'Suicide Hotline pts 1 and 2' are followed by 'Cannibal', 'I Hate' and the final track 'Can You Hear Me Now?' rounding off a 14 track thrash epic, peppered with catchy riffs, and storming rhythm's and a powerful sound overall. This is a band you will want to see live!


Amir has this to say about the Album: "For the first time, these are real songs... You could easily play them on just a guitar... This is a confident, grown-up and thoroughly accomplished album which we're very proud of."

Well, fans of the earlier albums will not be disappointed, and Betzefer virgins will wonder just why they haven't listened to them earlier!

'The Devil Went Down To The Holy Land' is released on November 25th, and available on CD format as well as download.



Line Up:
Avital Tamir - Vocals
Matan Cohen - Guitar
Roey Berman - Drums
Rotem Inbar - Bass


Thrash Heaven...





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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