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'A Brief Crack Of Light'
(Blast Records)

Tina Saul

tina saul

Therapy? released their thirteenth studio album, 'A Brief Crack of Light', this week and from the off you instantly recognise the unique sound of this trio from Northern Ireland.

therapy? a brief crack of light

The first track 'Living In The Shadow Of A Terrible Thing' kicks the album off with the signature style that we've come to expect from this band, with a superb intro that warms you up for Andy Cairns distinctive vocals. They released this as a single in January and you can view it for yourself at the bottom of this page.

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After that the album contains all the experimental and alternative Metal reminiscent of bands from this era, and true to form Therapy? deliver a surprising, yet disjointed, collection of songs. 'Marlow' is a nicely crafted post-rock instrumental, 'The Buzzing', albeit a bit odd, has some great Metal riffage, and 'Why Turbulence' has an almost Southern groove to it. The closing track 'Ecclesiastes' can only be described as, well, eclectic. I'll leave you to figure out what it's all about.

The lyrics are, as ever, centred on the darker side of life, and I'm not sure I want to dig into the depths of Andy's mind to see where he drums them up from. Ranging from a pram in a cemetery, to cursed magic and birth being the death of someone, it's not Satanic but very angst ridden and ever so slightly depressing. Anyone that's met him will know that Andy's an incredibly upbeat and funny guy, so bizarre that his lyrics always focus on doom, gloom and loss.

This is miles away from their most successful album 'Troublegum' and not as accessible as their last offering 'Crooked Timber', but an album that will keep Therapy? fans happy. Whether this will widen their fan base is debatable, but it's still a strong release and is available now on Blast Records.

Don't forget, Therapy? hit the road in April with Skindred and Black Spiders, but you'll need to be quick as some dates are already sold out and the rest are close.


10th LEEDS, O2 Academy
12th NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
13th BRIXTON, O2 Academy
14th BRISTOL, O2 Academy

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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.

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