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  CENTIPEDE
'Sanarth'
(Inverse Records)
Release Date: March 4th 2016


Roger Berzerk Fauske

Roger Berzerk Fauske



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Centipede are a heavy hitting stoner metal trio from Helsinki, Finland. Formed in 2011, they have released two well received EP's and a 7” split.

The band are no stranger to the live circuit, having toured their home country as well as a mini tour of the Baltics, so they are well set to hit the world with their first full length output.

'Drown' is the first one up and immediately the heavy riffs grab you by the throat and they are very early Sabbath-esque in the tone and delivery, but there is a lot more to the music than simply that.

Markus Nurminen's vocals are raw, throaty and although not at the front of the mix, they fill the space perfectly, leaving the guitar free to demolish all in its path and it does that very well indeed.

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'The Unspoken' carries on in the same vein but with more urgency and brashness from the guitar, a speeding bullet on occasion, superbly reined in by the vocals keeping everything under control. Don't be put off by the stoner tag, this is raw and powerful Heavy Metal as god intended it to be and they pull it off well.

Ville Pirhonen's bass is dirty thunder behind it all, not the cleanest sound but perfectly in keeping with the rest of the sound. The mid-section shifts down a gear but creates a darker sound before the engines roar again, taking it over the finish line for this mini epic.

'Frostbite' contrasts well with its predecessor, slower deliberating riffs combine with the rhythm section hammering out the pulse and the vocals this time sit on top, guitar a six stringed metronome keeping the song in check. Another five minute plus song, broken up well with a fitting guitar solo, and so far definitely so good.

'Abyssal' is a different animal altogether. Coming in at two and a half minutes long and an instrumental to boot, it is quite a monumental track with slow, quiet but more than menacing beginnings, leading to raucous crashing of the other instruments with the original guitar line never ceasing, drilling itself into your cranial regions. Simple but very effective.

'Black Mead' boasts a more than cool bass line, hefty drumming and more archetypal Iommi-like riffs. Once the vocals kick in, it all shifts up a gear and it is time for your head to start shaking about, involuntarily or otherwise. A dynamite track, never letting up, melody changing tack between the vocal outbursts to great effect.

'Beacon Of The Profane' is another shorter one at just over two minutes and it is a wild one. Even within the short time available, there are more subtle changes of direction than a sat-nav with vertigo and again it is done with great aplomb.

'Midwinter Wolves' is different again, the speedy urgency giving way to a more measured and ferocious assault on your senses. Eero Wallenius's drumming is the backbone to the song, military-like precision rhythm banging out its instructions, riffs again crunching and cascading their way into your conscious, vocals taking on a more sinister mood, the ever present throaty voice taking on a new dimension with this one.

It gathers momentum but never shifts to full throttle and it doesn't need to, the restraint adding even more to it.

So to the closing track 'Sarnath' and it is another meaty, riff laden dose of Metal and some great duelling between guitar and vocals early on, rhythm section egging them on. It is a six minutes plus track so the first change comes in around the halfway mark and while not a total departure from its beginnings, it is different enough to breathe new life into it.

Some great rhythm from the guitar and nice lead work on top, the three of them striking for home, bludgeoning but with subtlety, taking no prisoners as it all fades out.

And with that the journey through Centipede's full length debut is at an end and I have to say it has been an enjoyable one. As I mentioned before, if stoner is not your thing then don't hold back from listening because of that – yes there are influences and styles from that direction but it is more a good Metal album and musically there is enough different material on offer to avoid the band being categorised under just one genre label.

They have taken bits from many places, mixed it all up with some original ideas and good songwriting, and very much put their own stamp on it, the vocals and instruments melding perfectly together - another winner from the Inverse stable.

LINE-UP:
Markus Nurminen: Guitar, vocals
Ville Pirhonen: Bass
Eero Wallenius: Drums


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08.02.15







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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