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'Dying Emotions Domain'
(Negative Existence)

Phil Kane

phil kane

An album originally released in 1998, Astrofaes' debut 'Dying Emotions Domain' is now getting the full re-issue, re-mastering and repackaging treatment.


Astrofaes are from the Ukraine and what a groove they get into. The first track, 'The Black Woods Theory', an orchestrated synthesizer piece that would not be out of place on one of those nasty new-age spiritual feelgood discs, lulls you a bit before 'Fiery Mysticism' hits you like a freight train at full tilt. That is pretty much it, until the last track, 'A Song Of The Night Birds', which leads the album out with more of the touchy-feely spiritual thing.

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'Dying Emotions Domain' is ferocious and not very pretty but, by God, it's good. What gets the thumbs-up from me is the fact the band do not try to be too clever. Despite the occasional subtle progressive touch, the songs are allowed to find their groove and then sit in it.

Better still, they use traditional instruments and structures and a saxophone (I kid ye not - it's there on 'Path To Burning Space') which helps enormously to give the album a certain depth a lot of albums of this genre lack. What also work well are the keyboards. While the album as a whole is a whopping lump of brutality, the keyboards sit there serene and calm as you please, creating an interesting counterpoint to the savagery around it.

They've included a cover of Celtic Frost's 'Necromantical Screams', which would have been better as a bonus track, because the band's writing is good enough not to need it. The production is pretty raw, but that seems to suit this album perfectly. Apparently, the vocal is done in very poor English but, to be honest, I couldn't tell - so if it was, it made little difference.

These days, too much of this stuff tries to justify its existence by being too clever and thus ends up sounding demented. This album is a nice surprise, because not only does Astrofaes make use of various musical influences from its homelands, but it also knows how to find and keep a groove.

A little gem.




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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