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'Tears Of Lust'
(Self released)
Release Date: 21st July 2014

Ian Sutherland

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EnkElination are a female fronted metal band based in London but featuring the vocal talents of classically trained Finnish singer Elina Siirala. As her name might suggest the band's own moniker is a play on her name mixing it with the Finnish word for angel, enkeli.

Looking at them my initial thought was that they might be just another female fronted symphonic metal band but that turns out not to be the case. While they have much in common with some of those bands they describe themselves as having melodic metal and hard rock leanings and what you get is an album with a huge focus on melody.

The guitars do riff away at times and they even throw in some double bass drum beats here and there but it's all subservient to the melodies in the songs, the beautifully melodic vocals and harmonies and the overall atmospherics the band are trying to create here.

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In any female fronted metal band these days it's all important that the singer is up to the task of being the focal point of the songs and I can confirm that straight away, Elina Siirali has a strong, beautiful, melodic voice.

Classically trained she may be but she doesn't resort to the full operatic mode employed by the likes of Tarja Turunen or Xandria's Dianne van Giersbergen and has a technique which shares the poise and strength of an opera soprano and the melodic tone of a more conventional rock singer. I like her voice a lot.


The songwriting is pretty strong here too, each song has the feel of being crafted and thought through. The band seem to understand where they want the songs to go and then embellish them with lovely touches of vocals, keyboards and guitars. They have a great grasp of the dynamics you can bring to this kind of music. I'm not sure that all the chorus sections are quite as memorable as they should be but there isn't a bad song on here, but to be honest not one that really, really stands out either.

If I was to raise any complaints about this album it would be that it maybe lacks some balls. The band have been described elsewhere as Delain meets Nightwish and I can hear where that comparison comes from(although I like them much more than the bland poppy crap that Delain serve up).


The album as a whole for me leans too far to the melodic side and not enough to the metal side. It's very, very pretty and very enjoyable but adding a little edge to the songs here and there could have been very effective in my opinion. Hopefully in a live setting that will be resolved!

Overall this is a pretty impressive full length debut from a band with some well formed ideas and an intention to craft some impressive, atmospheric and melodic metal. I do have some reservations about the name which is a little convoluted and I would question how memorable it is but I'm happy to be proved wrong on that one. I look forward to catching them live somewhere down the line.


Track listing:
1. Tears of Lust
2. Higher Ground
3. Never Ending
4. Lullaby
5. Insane
6. What Have You Become
7. Reborn
8. Chimeras
9. Changeling
10. Abyss
11. Last Time Together

Live shows:
28/7/14 London Underworld
29/7/14 York Fibbers
10/8/14 Bloodstock Festival, Catton

Line up:
Elina - Vocals
Shadow - Guitar
Alasdair - Bass
Ben - 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.

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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