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Release Date: 17th March 2014

Ian Sutherland

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I am still constantly surprised by the amount of bands there are around the world surviving and even flourishing under the radar and carving out a niche of their own to make the music they want to make.

Norway's Gazpacho are a case in point, 'Demon' being their eighth studio album since their debut in 2003! Described sometimes as art rock and on one occasion as "classical post ambient nocturnal atmospheric neo-progressive folk world rock" they don't make albums for the mainstream and are all the more interesting for it.

This is a band who are fond of the concept album format and on this occasion have made an album featuring just four songs varying in length from just five minutes to over eighteen minutes and based on a rambling manuscript left by an anonymous writer in rented rooms in Prague. The story is of someone who has lived for an unnaturally long time pursuing some malevolent force he calls 'The Demon'. Don't expect to find any jokes or rock cliches here, this is dark, desolate, dramatic and atmospheric music which demands your attention.

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Although this album is separated into four 'songs' it really works best as a piece of continuous flowing music. From the start of opening track 'I've Been Walking Part 1' to the epic closing passages of 'Death Room' this is a band and an album that takes you on a journey through a dark but beautiful musical landscape with plenty of beautifully atmospheric keyboard and guitar hooks and plaintive, melodic vocals soaked in longing and occasionally fear.

There is the occasional section or series of notes which remind you of Radiohead or even Muse in reflective mode as well as nods to the prog epics of the past. However when the album builds up to the unsettling dischordant overtones and melancholy dark melodies of 'Death Room' you can't help but be impressed and wonder how a band this good have escaped your notice. Well they escaped my notice anyway!

Verdict: This album was yet another pleasant surprise to me. If you like your music dark and epic in a prog rock style rather than a metal one this could be an album you'd enjoy. I think it really is worth a listen to anyone who enjoys beautiful music which can also creep you out!

Line up:
Jan-Henrik Ohme - vocals
Jon-Arne Vilbo - guitars, programming
Thomas Andersen - keyboards, programming
Mikael Krømer - violin, additional guitar, programming
Lars Erik Asp - drums, percussion
Kristian Torp - bass guitar


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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.

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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