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'Flag Of Betrayal' (single from 'Deep Drone Master')
(Svart Records)

Luke 'Loki' Milne

Luke Loki Milne

the deathtrip

If you're a fan of Norwegian Black Metal then The Deathtrip's latest album 'Deep Drone Master' is likely to be something that's on your Christmas list... if you haven't bought it already.

The band's debut album was released by Finland's Svart Records on 17th November (mixed by Snorre Ruch from Thorns) and marks the culmination of some nine years of preparation from the band's members, whose roots are set as far back as 2003.

Heralding vocal talent from ex-Dœdheimsgard member Aldrahan, I had the opportunity to wrap my ears around just one of The Deathtrip's album tracks, titled 'Flag Of Betrayal'.

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I've got to be honest; Norwegian Black Metal isn't normally my go-to genre. Sure, I've had my brush with similar bands like Amon Amarth, but it's never really hit the spot for me. I can't explain why, it's just not normally something I'd whack on during my morning journey to work.

Having said, that I'm pleased to announce that I'm pretty engrossed with the little snippet of 'Deep Drone Master' I've been provided with. It's a pretty interesting affair from my point of view, as 'Flag Of Betrayal' seems to dip into the 90s era of the genre, dragging it back to the surface once more to set a healthy amount of gloom and fog over today's somewhat sectioned, "sub-genre obsessed" music culture.

Honestly, there are now so many divisions within music that it's hard to tell what the fuck is going on sometimes, so it's nice to hear something that stands defiantly against the grain, blasting in your face from the get-go as if to say "yeah, we're just Black Metal. Remember what it used to sound like? No? Well, here ya go!"

And boy, does The Deathtrip pull off its "purity" with a strong crescendo. 'Flag Of Betrayal' seems to have everything I've come to expect from a stereotypical Black Metal track; discordant, droning guitars, agonisingly choked vocals and relentless machine-gun drumming. As usual, don't be put off by the word "stereotypical".

While it's often seen as a negative comment these days I would say that in this case it actually works in The Deathtrip's favour here, serving to provide some much needed clarity. If you're looking for a Black Metal album, make NO mistake that you will get exactly what you pay for in 'Deep Drone Master'.

It's a shame I don't have access to The Deathtrip's full album at this time, as it would be interesting to hear how 'Deep Drone Master' pans out as a whole entity... especially given the fact that (as mentioned earlier) Black Metal isn't a genre I'd normally associate my music tastes with. 'Flag Of Betrayal' has certainly peaked my interest, however, so maybe I'll pick up the album for myself and give it a whirl in my own time.

I'd certainly recommend giving it a glance if you're a seasoned Black Metal veteran, and hey; if you're not, dip your toe into something a little different for once!

If you're keen to hear the track for yourself, here it is.





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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