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  SCOTT ADAMS: TERROR AUSTRALIS

LAMB OF GOD
'VII: Sturm und Drang'
(Nuclear Blast)
Out Now


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Ah, the ol' S n'D... If you ask me, bands are always treading dodgy ground when they start trying to associate themselves with "proper" literary or musical movements. Especially well known ones like the German proto-romantic Sturm und Drang, for which Lamb Of God have named their seventh album.

However, Sturm und Drang (or – and you can take your pick of translations here – Storm and Stress or Storm and Urge), which essentially dealt as a theme with man's struggle to cope with difficult emotions and the violent exposition of those same emotions, would, symbolically at least, appear to be an extremely apposite title indeed for this exhilarating piece of Heavy Metal thunder.

'Sturm...' as an album is perhaps Lamb Of God's most consistently satisfying work to date; There is absolutely not an ounce of flab or filler to be encountered throughout the record, with vocalist Randy Blythe in particular reaching into himself to give an utterly match winning performance. He's at his most varied here too, never flinching from toning down the usual angsty roar to get his point across; His whisper-to-a-scream performance on closing track 'Torches' (with a little, um diligent help from this year's guest collaborator of choice, Greg Puciato) is an absolute barnstormer.

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Other highlights are the storming opener 'Still Echoes', which is just utterly skin-flaying in delivery and effect, whilst the contemplative '512' – which I'm sure you'll all be aware was the number of the cell in which Blythe was incarcerated in the Czech Republic a few years ago - manages to both batter you senseless and give cause for thought at the same time. This song also features a marvellous, bobbing main riff in which guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler and bassist John Campbell lock together with machinelike efficiency, backed by a titanic slab of drumming from the other Adler, Chris, who also puts in some of the best work I've heard from him throughout this album.

Chino Moreno brings his croon to the sombre 'Embers' – you know exactly what his contribution to this otherwise Metal as fuck track will be, right? - and the combination of two disparate vocal approaches works surprisingly well, Blythe's tortured howl at the end of the track adding a violent counterpoint to Moreno's serenely honeyed tones, the sum of which really is one of the high water marks of the album.

But we don't generally come to Lamb Of God records for this sort of listening experience and I have to say following track, 'Footprints', with its vituperative lyrics (Blythe bellows: "How the fuck did you think this would end?" with frankly worrying commitment) restores the expected equilibrium in happy fashion – this track is the out-and-out Heavy Metal highlight of a gratifyingly Heavy Metal record.

It's hard to actually single out anything here for criticism - slightly pretentious title notwithstanding – and I'm almost surprising myself by giving VII an unreserved recommendation. Surprised? How the fuck did you think this review would end?


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25.8.15


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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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