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'Distorted Delusions'
Release Date: 7th February 2014

Ian Sutherland

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Every time I hear about a new Metal band from Finland I pay attention as whether it's caused by the long months of winter darkness or long nights of summer sunshine there are many, many interesting, creative and above all crazy Finnish bands to choose from.

Fear Of Domination are new to me but 'Distorted Delusions' is their third full length release. Defining themselves as shock industrial Metal they have a basic formula that consists of taking heavy riffing guitars and deep, sonic grunting style vocals and adding in some melodic keyboards and thumping heavy beats to create a sound that is both electronica and Metal at the same time.

'Needle' is a good example of who they are starting with a keyboard hook that could have come from a Depeche Mode song before being joined by heavy drums and riffing guitars as the song gets going. Mixing in some unexpected melodic female vocals and even some sitar it is an interesting mixture of styles to say the least. It works though.

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Elsewhere there are the simpler, 4/4 meaty Metal beats of the likes of 'Dead Space' and 'Wicked World' which mix pounding Metal with some lighter keyboard touches and drum samples, more natural sounding than say Fear Factory but working the same elements with a bit more imagination in my opinion.

Most of the album is loud, heavy in your face stuff lightened by some deft musical touches here and there such as the inevitable circus organ section of 'Organ Grinder' and the keyboard hook of the otherwise frantic and brutal 'Violence Disciple'. 'Parasite' is their version of a ballad I guess but it sounds more like a gothic Metal anthem with it's epic Type O Negative style chorus and big guitar solo moment.

They are quite happy to rip your face off with crushing riffs and pounding drums but don't feel the need to do it all the time.

Verdict: Overall this is a band I could describe as Rammstein meets KMFDM by way of Pain but that wouldn't be completely fair as while it gives an idea of their sound they aren't as generic as that. They have enough good songs and inventive musical touches to be of interest to anyone who likes industrial related Metal.

I'm sure they're a hoot live too with their fire circus show and well worth looking out for. Finland does it again!

Line up:
Saku Solin - Vocals
Lauri Ojanen - Bass
Johannes Niemi - Lead guitars
Jan-Erik Kari - Guitars
Lasse Raelahti - Keyboards
Vesa Ahlroth - Drums


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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.

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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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