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I keep my ear to the ground. That's why one side of my face appears to be significantly flatter than the other, but for every girl that has turned away from my unbalanced visage, gasping at the unbalanced horror of it all, there's someone else coming to me, grateful for the hard-to-come-by information that my unnatural posture affords.

Y'see, I've been hearing a lot of good things in the ol' cauliflower-shaped portal about Karybdis, so I decided to see if the hype was born out by the recorded evidence... The good news is, it is.

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Karybdis operate in the same area that many of today's brightest hopefuls call their own, the area where spritely Gothenburg technicality rubs shoulders with slightly more lacksadaisacal concepts such as groove Metal or straight up Metalcore, the difference being Karybdis appear to have the chops, the talent and probably the bare-faced cheek to pull the whole thing off.

Opener 'Minotaur' introduces band to listener perfectly, it being a heady mix of all the little bits and pieces that make extreme Metal so compelling in 2012. But, and it may become a big but if not addressed quickly, it's that very familiarity that might end up to be the band's Achilles heel (see what I did there?).

Put simply, everyone who's anyone (and quite a few who are destined to be no one) is doing this kind of stuff at the minute, so you'd better have something up your sleeve to help put a bit of distance between yourself and the rest of the slavering, bloodthirsty pack if you're to prosper in such a saturated market. Luckily Karybdis appear to be holding.

Certainly you wouldn't think a producer of the calibre of Russ Russell would get involved if they didn't, and his knob twiddling talents certainly offer some sparkle to proceedings here. This might be a concept album, but Russell ensures any flab or grandiloquent spuriosity is kept to an absolute minimum with a spare, sleek production that allows the music to bludgeon one moment and slice surgically the next with never a drop in intensity.

You can hear the music breathing here, even though its as frantic as a bunch of bingo-starved pensioners on pension day, as each band member takes it in turns to add something to the maelstrom (see what I did there as well?) of heaviness that's enveloping your ears.

As mentioned earlier, a slight lack of originality hampers matters occasionally, with the odd faceless bit of grinding adding sporadic sameness to proceedings, but there's enough on offer here overall to suggest that Karybdis could be the biggest death Metal contenders to emerge from this sceptered Isle in quite some time.

Definitely worth keeping an eye on, and almost certainly well worth a visit if they're playing live near you any time soon.


More Scott Adams right here.



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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