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As Angels Bleed
'As Angels Bleed'
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scott adams

As Angels Bleed

On the face of it, Aussie Goths As Angels Bleed appear to be well placed for a serious tilt.

They've got enough Metal in the sound to keep old heads like me happy, enough cod-orchestral mayhem and blood-drenched vampiric imagery going on to attract the interest of denizens of the night everywhere and, most importantly, their songs have go enough of a melodic edge to ensnare casual unsuspecting punters were they to get the chance to hear this blasting out of a shoe shop stereo of a Saturday arvo.

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So, a pleasingly universal appeal has been identified, but you're after specifics, right? Essentially a duo consisting of vocalist Avelina De Mornay and all round instrumental guru Von Lehmann (though the band expands to a quintet for live actions), AAB crank out a nice line in Gothic Metal (you get the sense they'd like it to be a bit more symphonic given a bigger budget) chock full of chunky riffage, some crystalline soloing (Lehmann pulls out a blinder on 'Desire') and De Mornay's strongly alluring vocal presence.

Mixed up together these elements emerge sounding a bit like early Within Temptation (though without ever resorting to tribute band-style reproduction of sound or ideas) or a heavier Evanessence without the bozo nu-Metal trappings.

It's a heady mix, and you get the sense that were to hail As Angels Bleed from the US or Europe they'd already be making some major waves in the rooms of teenage Metalheads (both male and female) worldwide.

They've certainly got the songs – the excellent 'I Drown' has 'hit' woven deep into its purple velvet cape, and the image certainly doesn't appear to be a problem.

Can they make the leap into the big time on the back of this record? It's certainly good enough, but you and I both know that just having the raw talent isn't enough.

But with a bit of luck and a following (black) wind, the future could be bright for As Angels Bleed. Or at least as bright as a gang of vampiric spirits of the night would want it to be, anyways. And you can play your part in their rise to world domination by purchasing this excellent disc – go to it.

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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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