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'Profane' is the third full length from French black/death Metal maestros Svart Crown. I enjoyed the two predecessors, 'Ages Of Decay' and 'Witnessing The Fall', but this latest offering takes things to a whole new level.

On 'Profane' they don't just cross boundaries, they smash them, mercilessly and this is their best offering to date. The main theme and aim to the album is: "a full-introspection on the sickness of humanity and to deliver the soundtrack of a bleak world that has already ended as far as Svart Crown are concerned."

Opening with 'Manifestatio Symptoms', a hauntingly sinister and blackened instrumental intro that builds to great effect before jumping straight into the equally blackened 'Genesis Architect', a powerful track with a dark catchy groove, beautifully and effectively constructed and phrased, sinister to the core.

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'Intern. Virus. Human' opens like a powerful wave and midway has a well placed, tranquil segment which builds up into another wave; the result is powerful and punishing.

A gentle haunting opening and then a sound bite of female screams on 'In Utero: A Place of Hatred And Threat' which adds an unnerving and powerful effect to the track, building into an intense and manic array of dark dirty chugging grooves, blasting drum work and a great guitar segment midway, the final minute is pure insanity of the finest kind.

'Until The Last Breath' builds from a simple guitar repeat and then powerful vocals come at you in waves. A slower number to the greater part, but dark and powerful and another great darkly emotive guitar segment midway before another insanely exciting ender, a powerful mix of crashing cymbals, blasting drums, vocal screams and pulsating riffs.

On the title track 'Profane' a slower tempo is used to great effect, as are the great blasts of drum work woven into the construct, a deliciously dark and tortuous track.

This is an amazingly atmospheric album of the most brutal kind and on 'The Therapy Of Flesh', slow dark haunting and manic paced segments are woven together with great drum work once again to add depth and atmosphere.

Opening tribal like drum beats set the scene on 'Venomous Ritual', these develop and build as the track progresses into a dark dirty distorted and powerful bass led instrumental, with the addition of a few background atmospheric vocal sounds.

'Ascetic Purification' a delightful chunk of full tilt, musical mayhem, fast and furious from end to end.

Final track 'Revelation: Down Here Stillborn' has a catchy groove, in fact some pretty outstanding guitar work altogether, a powerful and sinister finale.

'Profane' is certainly their darkest, bleakest and best album to date, a great mix of punishing yet catchy grooves, consistently excellent compositions and great harsh guttural vocals. You can't ask for much more than that, can you!

No favourite track either, I couldn't possibly choose, the standard is too consistently high across the album.

The artwork is by Stefan Thanneur (Ruins) and the album was recorded, mixed, mastered by Francis Caste (Kickback, Arkhon Infaustus, Phazm) at St Marthe studio in Paris.

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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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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