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'Nether Collapse'
(Rising Records)

Johnny Main

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For a band who are only three years old, this Italian Pagan Death Metal band already have an impressive live reputation in mainland Europe. 'Nether Collapse' is their full-length debut album and a follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2010 EP 'For Asgard', so how does this album compare?

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The tracks included on this album are very good and this album should certainly be on the radar of any Death Metal fan. Things start sedately enough with the acoustic instrumental tones of 'Prelude' before diving headlong into 'Upon A Reign of Ashes' with its chunky riff and power chords. The band have also recorded a video for this track, which is directed by Salvatore Perrone and based on Ingmar Bergman's cult move 'The Seventh Seal'.

'Council Of Tees Beholder' continues the frantic pace with vocalist Phanaes growling his way through the track whilst battling against the aural assault from drummer Wolf. Despite what some may expect (certainly I did), 'Remembrance' is not a slower number but maintains the fast tempo of the previous two tracks – albeit with a softly spoken passage in the middle followed by a soaring guitar solo. Excellent stuff indeed.

'Howling Shadows' is a more mid-paced song with, at times, an almost militaristic drumbeat as well as a solid and chunky riff. 'Sol Invictus (Ritual Act)' is the second of two instrumental tracks on the album featuring a folky sounding guitar riff showcasing the fact that this isn't a band who just play loud and aggressive Metal tunes.

'Whispers To The Headless' brings the tempo back up again with some incredible double bass drum work, which although is well done on this track in particular, it's not something which is over used on the album as a whole. 'The Forlorn War', with its short atmospheric intro, has another solid riff to it before '...To Nethereal' draws the album to a close, with a big finish including some subtle keyboard work in the background.

The band have recently completed a one-off show supporting Entombed and although they don't have any firm tour dates lined up in support of this album, they are hoping for some UK dates later in the year, so this young band are certainly one to watch with interest.

Available on a standard CD


Upon A Reign Of Ashes
Council Of Trees Beholder
Howling Shadow
Sol Invictus (Ritual Act)
Whispers To The Headless
The Forlorn War
...To Nethereal
As Slepnir Rides (Bonus Track)

Band Members:

Phanaes – Vocals
Vandrer – Guitar and Vocals
Fjorgynn – Guitar
Eruner – Bass
Wolf - 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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