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The debut full length release 'Resolution', from Irish death metal duo 'Chosen' follows a series of well received EP's since their inception in 2005. The album stands as a testament to their sheer perseverance which has paid off against the odds. The band moved from Ireland to Canada and back again, losing two members in the process yet still managing to produce an album of an exceptional standard.

. It's innovative, with a high standard of musicianship throughout and with tracks which are well- crafted and inventive in their composition. The sound is rich, multi layered, and at times crushingly heavy using a broad range of elements from the full spectrum of extreme metal. The vocals, both harsh and clean, are excellent, which is something I am always highly critical about. The resulting album I found to be a truly refreshing and inspiring piece of work.

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Powerful Celtic influenced drum work opens 'Engines of Belief' and the first thing I noticed was the impressively full sound. There is also a good balance between the clean and harsh vocals. The sheer intensity to the drum and guitar work on 'Defective Prospection' almost overpowers your senses and is such a great track.

There is a long melodic and haunting intro of almost two minutes before the more intense elements kick in on 'The Narcissism Epidemic'. The frequent interchange between melodic and extreme, clever construction and use of varied tempo keeps you fully engaged for the whole seven and a half minutes.

A sinister opener on 'Mental Clarity' is followed by a technical groove that runs throughout and is mixed with chugging riffs. 'Chosen' are a band that are not afraid to reach across all genres of metal to mix and match in interestingways and that works so well for them. This is fully evident from the mix of elements incorporated into this and other tracks.

There is a very appealing and extreme contrast between the gentle elements set against the harsh vocals and chugging groove on 'Diminishment'. The drum work is superb, as on all tracks, but really adds so much here as it seems to bring a darker edge to the quieter moments. On 'Instinct' there is a sexy little djent groove happening, add to that chugging, soaring riffs and a fabulous little solo midway and what you have is an excellent track.

A quiet, yet sinister sound-scape opens into a gritty spiralling and chugging groove that is catchy and addictive on 'Asch's Paradigm'. On 'Metaphysical Contradiction', groups of hypnotic repeat riffs add a dark, intense feel. Along with a couple of great tempo and direction changes the track grabs your interest and delivers a real feel of turmoil and conflict.

The strong djent groove that is mixed with dark riffs gives an intense and frantic feel to the extended intro on 'The Departure Lounge'. The respite from this intensity comes from the clean vocal choruses. In the final minute you are released from its grasp as the track gently fades away forming a great end to an excellent album.

Chosen will release Resolution as a free download from their official site from March 30th

If you want a more tangible option it is also released on CD as either: 1. Deluxe Special Edition, double CD featuring a nine track bonus disc of unreleased songs, rough mixes, drum and bass tracks taken from their album sessions and detailed album booklet, 2.Collector's Edition that includes a 60-page, full colour soft cover booklet, extensive liner notes, lyrical themes and illustrations for each song, rare photos, studio diaries and more. The album

Artwork is by Fiaz Farrelly. The album was recorded at Westland Studios in Dublin with producer Alwyn Walker; additional vocals are by Jackie McNally and Fiona Morrin is on fiddle.

Resoloution is an excellent album from beginning to end and at times, is an absolute face ripper, I was completely blown away by it; these guys are hugely talented and deserve every success form this and once you have gotten your free download and heard just how good it is you should then go and buy the album, you won't be disappointed.

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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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