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'Monstrous Child'
(Self Released)

Johnny Main

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'Monstrous Child' is the highly anticipated debut album from West Yorkshire based band Bad Pollyanna. The band themselves are a curious mix of Gothic Rock and Industrial Metal taking their influences from artists as diverse as Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Kate Bush, Lady Gaga and Rammstein creating a distinctive sound.

The songs on 'Monstrous Child' create something of a concept album which tell the story of an innocent young woman who becomes the victim of a crazed scientist who is trying to reincarnate his lost love. The woman is transformed into a beautiful but deadly monster, and as she looks at herself and her old life through new eyes she can see how she had been conditioned by the world around her to be afraid and subservient.

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Within the scope of this structure, the band successfully manages to deliver ten songs that do make sense in the telling of the story, but a lot of these are tracks also stand up on their own as isolated songs - not an easy task for any band.

Kicking things off with 'Hollow', with its atmospheric opening courtesy of some keyboard samples from bass player Nikki Kontinen the song quickly blossoms into life. There are some excellent vocals from Olivia Hyde too and if your foot isn't tapping by the time you get to the (truly memorable) chorus then this album just isn't going to be for you.

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Title track 'Monstrous Child' has a more Industrial Metal feel with it's stuttering keyboard sound but it's not long before the song settles back with Hyde giving one her most accomplished vocal performances. Likewise 'Liquid Lover' which continues with the industrial sound while again, comes across as a very enjoyable track.

The main vocal from Hyde merges seamlessly with the backing vocals blending so well together during the chorus whilst drummer Valerian Adore batters out a solid and relentless rhythm at the back. 'Liquid Lover' is certainly a favourite of mine and has been added to my October 2013 playlist.

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'Letting You Go' is another extraordinary track with its ghostly vocals from Hyde laid over some simple percussion from Adore and an unobtrusive keyboard track really makes this a great track from start to finish. The band then add in some minimal guitar work which slowly builds during the song before it finds its feet showcasing the enormous vocal talent of Hyde, who is truly exceptional here.

It'd be interesting to see how these songs fare in a live environment, but one thing for sure is that this band are more than capable of writing easy to listen to tracks while still managing to produce songs with enough going on sonically to keep you interested.

As a concept album this works on all levels and as I said earlier, the songs also stand up on their own which is a remarkable feat for such a young band.

Awake Now
Monstrous Child
Liquid Lover
Where Does It Hurt?
Letting You Go
My Incubi
The Living Dead
Chase The Demons (From My Bed)
Epilogue (Invincible Girl)

You can watch the official video for 'Hollow' here:

You can catch Bad Pollyanna live here:
Friday 1st November - Gothic Weekend, The Spa Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby

Bad Pollyanna are:
Olivia Hyde - Vocals,/Piano
Stephen Kilpatrick - Guitar
Nikki Kontinen - Bass/Programming
Valerian Adore - Drums

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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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