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'Derisive Philosophy'
(Pest Records)

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Jools Green

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'Derisive Philosophy', the second full length release from Finland's Mormânt De Snagov, is quite an exciting discovery for me, as the band managed to slip under my radar with their debut, 'Rise from The Void' in 2010.

The project was founded in 2008 by Domnul Cadavru, with the aim of creating stripped-down black Metal and was originally a solo project but he soon extended the line-up to four piece band for the debut album 'Rise From The Void' in 2010.

Their work is strongly influenced by a great respect for classic black Metal, but also explores new elements thereby adding new aspects to their interpretation of the style of the genre.

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The inspiration for their lyrics has risen from their frustration regarding the hypocritical religious community and is therefore openly blasphemous; works for me! Also, as the name of the band suggests, founder Domnul, has a fascination for Southeast European legends; with some of the lyrics inspired by subjects such as immortality and the resurrection of evil, from that perspective.

The album consists of seven aggressive, haunting and beautifully crafted tracks, beginning with 'Comatose' which has an ominous bass led opener and is dark and evocative from the offset, developing into a magnificent chugging build before becoming something darkly emotive, garnished with harrowing vocal screams and with at times, some beautiful, hauntingly reflective sections, a stunning opening track.

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'Divine Dismemberment' switches between intense chugging and a solitary piano note suggesting a tolling bell as it opens rapidly, becoming fast and intense with a broader range of vocals screams and growls. There is an excellent opener on 'The End Of My Thoughts' and not quite what you would expect on a black Metal album, a discordant repeat riff pattern that constantly reappears throughout this intense and up tempo track.

Although 'Detrimental Edict' follows a more traditional black Metal sound the vocals at times take on an almost deathly growl, an interesting mix that works so well.

A frantic spiralling riff is combined with vocals that soar from a growl to a scream on 'Abnormities', a manically paced and exciting number. 'Transient Lunar Phenomenon' is an intense, traditional black Metal track with an excellent vocal range demonstrated once again.

The final track, 'The Triumph' has a sinister repeat riff, a catchy, darkened groove and frantic tempo. It is such an excellent end to the album it makes you want to listen all over again.

I think this is an interesting and well constructed, fully listenable and very enjoyable album with a unique twist and should appeal to anyone with an interest in black Metal, particularly if you like an innovative approach.

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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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