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'In A Mirror Darkly'

Johnny Main

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There was a discussion at MetalTalk Towers recently about the lack of bands who include instrumentals on albums these days. What once was prevelant now seems to be redundant.

Then lo and behold, when I listened to this new album from German progressive/thrash Metal band Mekong Delta, there where are not one but three instrumentals on it and these couldn't be any more different from each other.

'Introduction' is the first of the instrumentals, and it's a really well performed track with some classical acoustic number from bass player Ralf Hubert and coming in just over two minutes but this really shouldn't be described as an introduction per se, because it's far more than that – it's a fantastic solo performance and a real indicator of Hubert's talent.

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'Overture' is the second instrumental in succession and reminds me of Rush where their similarly named track heralds the beginning of the classic '2112'. What differs between this track and 'Introduction' is simply that 'Overture' has an electric guitar track from Adam H Grösch along with some light drum work supplied by Alexander Landenburg which adds a little extra sparkle to the track.

The final instrumental track on the album is 'Inside The Outside Of The Inside', and to my mind, this is the best of the instrumentals here because it's the most inventive of the three. A solid guitar riff and militaristic drumming drives the song onwards as it builds and builds with Gröschs' guitar track taking centre stage before the symphonic gong signals its completion. I thought that this track was so good, in fact, that it's become the current ring tone on my mobile phone.

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The band have another five tracks with vocals on them and amongst the best here is 'Janus' – named after the god of beginnings and transitions in ancient Roman religion and myth, just to save you looking that up – which is a fast track with Landenburg using his double bass drums to great effect on the intro.

As with many tracks on the album, the band don't just dive straight in - you have to negotiate the intro before the full power of the track becomes apparent. This may not be the fastest Thrash song perhaps but it still chugs along at a fair pace. The guitar solo is slow and measured which gives you time to actually appreciate what Grösch is actually doing as opposed to a flurry of notes passing you by at speed.

Coming in at just over six and a half minutes this is certainly one of the highlights of the album and the band make sure that every second counts.

Closing track 'Mutant Messiah' is another great song too. It's a tour de force and one that I really hope the band adds into their live set. Vocalist Martin LeMar sounds not unlike ex-Iron Maiden/Wolfsbane singer Blaze Bayley at times in this unashamedly Heavy Metal track as he puts on one his best vocal performances of the whole album.

If I was going to recommend a Mekong Delta track to someone who hasn't heard them before then this would certainly be the one and it's an ideal finish to a great album.

'In A Mirror Darkly' Track list:
The Armageddon Machine
The Sliver In God's Eye
Inside The Outside Of The Inside
Hindsight Bias
Mutant Messiah

Mekong Delta are:
Martin LeMar – Vocals
Erik Adam H. Grösch – Guitars
Ralf Hubert – Bass Guitar
Alexander Landenburg – Drums

Mekong Delta Online:
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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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