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'Dynamite Drug Diamond'
(Sober Up Records)

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus


Described by the promotional material I received as post hardcore/original emo, you instantly identify roughly what they're going to sound like.

Their latest album was released in November and is acknowledged as their third studio album. 'Dynamite Drug Diamond' I suppose can be seen as a celebration of around sixteen years of existence as this French band tackle a sound and style they are very comfortable wearing and from the eleven tracks on show, you cannot really dispute their emotional input and approach to their craft.

The guitars are relentless as they swirl to the mix of angst-driven barking and shouting and emotive singing. The maelstrom does change gear but doesn't know how to avoid being intense, so embrace if you're having a tough time dealing with the New Year. 'Run And Run And Die' clocking in at just over six minutes is a highlight amongst other genuine moments like album opener 'Highway Encounter' and the subdued 'Eve Of Ceasefire Talks'.

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This quintet, who hail from Lille, achieves merging melancholy flavours in their sound and I feel it's thanks to the guitar textures.

Xavier Damarey and Sebastien Caplier influence the tone of each song by either presenting some distortion or a jangly guitar sound, instantly informing the listener of a mood that is captured. Listen to 'Wrong Place Wrong Time' with its constantly evolving guitar backdrop; one moment almost whimsical and perky; the next a brutal attack.

Guests provide subtle additional instrumentation assisting 'Dynamite Drug Diamond' to reach some exciting new places. There's a viola on the instrumental album closer 'Roses Out Of Chaos' and a trumpet on 'Hellissandur' which only enhances what is an album highlight.

'To Wake Up With A Broken Heart' fades in to life and then it's business as usual. 'Lost In Prayers' continues the momentum and after a few listens, this album really feels like a solid and comfortable collection of songs.

This album might well be a new discovery for those who like their bands in the mould of At The Drive-In or a medley of styles that echo their sentiment. It isn't an album that you can just hit play to in order to provide a soundtrack to anything that you're doing, it's mood-dependant.

All of those involved in shaping and sculpting this album should be quietly proud of what they have achieved. Considering their last album was released in 2006, ('Another Thousand Days, Out Of This World') they obviously like to take their time and showcase their music when they are absolutely satisfied with it.

As Tang reveal on the inlay card of 'Dynamite Drug Diamond'; "No creation in this world is a solo effort."

Highway Encounter
Run And Run And Die
Paint In Black
Eve Of Ceasefire Talks
In Loving Memories
Wrong Place Wrong Time
To Wake Up With A Broken Heart
Lost In Prayers
Life Of Shooting Stars
Roses Out Of Chaos

Bastien Gournay : Drums + vocals
Xavier Damarey : Guitar + vocals
Maxime Hedouin : Bass
Sebastien Caplier : Guitar + vocals
Gaêl Nocq : Lyrics

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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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