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new blood subsistence

When Slayer's magnum opus 'Reign In Blood' was released in the mid eighties, one of the major talking points was its brevity.

Youths brought up on Iron Maiden albums and Metallica albums so long they had to be released as double twelve inch singles to preserve the integrity of the sound were dumbstruck that an album that could contain so many ideas and, let's face it, great songs, could be listened to in a tick under half an hour from start to finish. It just didn't seem creditable...

Of course the beauty of this approach was and is that there was no fat on 'Reign In Blood' – just half an hour of coruscating, classic thrash Metal, and Wollongong's New Blood have taken this short leaf out of the book of Hanneman, Araya, King and Lombardo and delivered a ten track elpee that's even shorter than RiB, but gets the job done in much the same bloody, vicious way.

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That isn't to compare 'Subsistence' to that epoch-defining record of course. How could you? It's merely a long winded way of putting to you, the potential listener (and, hopefully, purchaser) that this album is completely fat free.

Nothing is allowed to complicate tracks such as 'Entrails Of Vermin Descent' and the utterly storming 'Cradle Of Mind', both of which are maelstroms of dervish-like brutality, whirlpools of filth whipped to within an inch of their lives by a band which clearly knows its way around a recording studio.

That doesn't mean the songs are uncomplicated, oh no. By combining elements of classic Death and Cannibal Corpse, not to mention a big lump of Suffocation, New Blood contrive to provide twenty five minutes of essential modern death Metal.

I'm not kidding – if brutal technicality is where your head is at then you absolutely have to own this sledgehammer of a record.

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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.

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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