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'Let It Go'
Release Date: Out Now!

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus


This Californian quintet are both angelic and aggressive in equal measures as they juxtapose throughout the course of 'Let It Go'.

Fourteen tracks are a lot to digest on a debut album; for that matter any album - so instantly you know this will be quite a journey. Their brand of rock music is modern Metal which sits comfortably in this day and age. The production values suit their style although it avoids studio trickery and the notable polish bigger bands share with their listeners.

An opening track can occasionally tell you all you need to know about what is to follow. In this case, I'd say that 'Crutch' does the job nicely in that respect. The sound is brash in places and the clean vocals surf over the waves of jagged and precise distortion. The band has dual vocals taking place and mix in some growls and a roar with the vocal delivery. This provides a menacing undertone to their harsher expressions within 'Let It Go'.

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The ebb and flow at the beginning of 'Let It go' doesn't break sweat as 'The Following' leaps and lurches in to life. This track takes a twist for the better as we're guided in to tranquil waters.

"Building our church on the ground..." as reflective lyrics weave amongst the mellow guitar passage. 'Illaborous' reiterates their penchant for melancholy guitars before bringing some anger to the table. Their ability to maintain an intense presence is retained as our ears visit 'Before', 'Medicine' and 'Shadows'.

I'm often impressed by the seventh track on an album, so I looked forward to 'Fuller' when it arrived. On this occasion, 'Fuller' more than satisfied maintaining a dark and moody shadow as it waded through the mire of emotion that plagued it. As you continue to be chained to the band and travel through the remainder of 'Let It Go', songs like 'Amphetamine' and 'You'll Never Know' sit well with me.

To summarise what Haster have got here, I would have to say they are doing what comes honestly to them. The music is sincere, complex and uncompromising. These values assist bands to gain respect and integrity over the duration they exist but don't bring big audiences or secure a contented level of commerciality. It would be fair to say that despite containing fourteen tracks, it is an exhaustive collection of intense modern Metal that hints at many comparisons, but mostly follows its own heart.

I live near a wee place called Haster which is quaint, peaceful and picturesque. When I attempt to make comparisons between that place and this album I find they are a complete contrast overall. So if you fancy some Modern Metal; progressive at its core and a sincere truth embedded deep in the musical landscape they express, then Haster might be your new favourite band.

On the other side of the coin, if that sounds like hard work or something that makes your ears recoil in horror, then find the nearest fire exit.

The Following
Within These Walls
I Witness
You'll Never Know
The Words





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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