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  DEAD BY APRIL
'Let The World Know'
(Spinefarm Records)
Release Date: Out Now


Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus



dead by april

I wanted to go in to my local pub and ask them for some Swedish melodic Metalcore with a side portion of fries, and perhaps some salad including a slice of pickled beetroot if they had any.

Naturally I didn't because here at the mighty MetalTalk, a copy of 'Let The World Know' was thrust in my sweaty and eager palms! As for the side portion of fries and the salad, I decided to raid my freezer and fridge accordingly to satisfy my humble appetite.

Despite line-up changes and what seems like a rugged road of misadventure, this quintet with new singer Christoffer Andersson in to replace Jimmie Strimell on the screaming lung-busting sections, have finally put creativity back in to the recording studio for album number three.

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If you're more than partial to these guys, then you'll already have the album and won't be that interested in this review, but was the wait worth it? Since 'Incomparable' was unleashed back in 2011, it's taken them a while to get this out. According to the band, they wanted to get everything as right as possible sighting their very best as the reason for the delays. When I read comments like that, I get immediately excited as my expectations want to be blown away by the end product.

My only real minor quibble about this album after blasting the ceiling off with repeated listens, is how they may have made this album so utterly clinical that any real vibrant life lurking within has been obliterated?! This is merely subjective, but the energy levels are rampant and the hooks are looming like a cloud of dark smoke overhead.

If you compare this album for example with their self-titled debut, there was more life in that 2009 studio offering. When they were nasty, they really didn't hold back with a sound made out of metal spikes and infected blisters, and when they offered up their melodious parts, they made tree branches wilt with empathy.

'Beautiful Nightmare' is a great opening song which incorporates an accessible balance between their aggressive overtures via Andersson and the clean vocal delivery of Zandro Santiago. 'Same Star' cranks up the aggression but doesn't lose sight of the surrounding musical environment.

There are melodies which are almost enhanced with the super production which provides a pleasant gloss to the proceedings. The title track offers up a very chart-friendly opening tease before settling in to entertain the listener with some sweeping strings and soaring chords providing copious amounts of soft drama. Inevitably there are those Jekyll and Hyde moments where Andersson adds some rasping and rustic growls.

I'm old enough to recall the days of 'Space Invaders' and the occasions when I would enter an arcade and hear the orchestra of beeps, blips and other assorted analogue sound effects! It's fun picking out the contributions of such sounds on this album, although I'm exaggerating a little. These added studio elements using the keys all add a sprinkling of something extra to the overall output whilst assisting the silky smooth edges to remain inoffensive.

The 13 songs keep the attention and despite the stale vibe that I personally experienced whilst listening to it, songs like album closer 'Replace You' which wades in like a shameless ballad complete with strings and clean vocals, whispers in the ear how it would love to be a HUGE chart-breaking hit single! The actual single which is titled 'As A Butterfly' is pure unadulterated Dead By April and satisfies with the contrasting vocal deliveries without losing the listener in anything too convoluted.

I knew what I was going to hear for the majority of this even before I pressed play. So in that respect the element of surprise was non-existent. If you love what these guys have released to date, then you'll be thrilled to know that they're not really breaking new ground. They are doing what they have always done, but offering up a better overall performance. The arrangements work very well, the production values are top notch and their performances are coordinated and cohesive. Now then, I simply must attend to my salad before it gets cold.

Beautiful Nightmare
Abnormal
Empathy
Done With Broken Hearts
As A Butterfly
Same Star
Let The World Know
Peace Of Mind
Freeze Frame
Infinity x Infinity
My Tomorrow
Hold On
Replace You


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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